Decorate Your Home with Mini-Christmas Trees

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Why Bother with a Big Tree?

In some homes, families strive to get a bigger and better Christmas tree each year. Perhaps they buy a number of different artificial trees, always going up in size with each purchase. Other families like a live tree for their house. They seek the biggest, best tree they can find each Christmas. You can, however, go for exact the opposite goal.

Each year, I try to find the smallest Christmas trees for my home. Instead of upgrading each Christmas, I prefer to try a nice steep downgrade each time. Mini-trees are definitely the way to go! Not only are they adorable, they are quite practical for someone like myself that just doesn't have the time or money to deal with a large tree.

When you have a giant artificial tree for Christmas, you've got to work so hard decorating it. If it is tall, you might need a ladder to decorate the top. If it is fat, you need a ton of lights to create a festive look. Also, just where in your home are you putting the tree? Sometimes you must remove a chair from your livingroom just to make room for a tree. Great, now you've got one less place to sit and an enormous tree in the middle of your home. Then when Christmas is over, where are you going to store it? If it is a live tree, you've got to throw it out somewhere. Large Christmas trees are just a large nuisance if you ask me.

Mini-Tree and Its Benefits

If you are considering making the big switch from a large Christmas tree to an adorable mini-Christmas tree, here are some positive aspects of the mini-tree:

  • Little or no assembly
  • Little or no decorating needed
  • Takes up hardly any space
  • Usually very low-priced
  • Exciting, vibrant colors
  • Easy to keep out of reach of small children and pets
  • Easy to store
  • Save money since little or no decorations are needed
  • No need to deal with annoying string of lights
  • Looks great in any room in your home or office
  • You can decorate with many trees in one place
  • Makes a great centerpiece
  • Many options available

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Let's Discuss Your Options

So perhaps I have not yet sold you on the idea of having miniature Christmas trees in your home this year. You would like me to discuss your mini-tree options. No problem! The great thing about having a small Christmas tree in your home is you can basically have the same thing you already enjoy, yet smaller.

Instead of having a giant live tree this year, you can have a mini-pine tree. Many stores sell small live pine trees, especially during the winter. You can often find them in grocery stores. Many have gift wrap around the plant's pot and some even have small ornaments decorating it. Once Christmas is over, you simply keep the pine tree as a potted plant indoors. Now you don't even have to figure out how to get rid of the huge, unwanted Christmas tree in January.

If you prefer an artificial tree, you have plenty of options. You can get a mini-tree that mostly consists of tinsel or garland. You even have the choice of different colors. Want a pink tree? You can probably find one. Perhaps you would rather have an artificial table top Christmas tree so you put gifts under it. You won't want something too small; maybe 1 to 2 feet tall. In this case, you will also have many options, such as fiberoptic trees, white trees, colorful trees, and traditional green pine trees. You will often have to assemble those trees, but they are likely to be pre-lit, and if you are lucky, your tree could even be pre-decorated.

You also have the option of getting something that does not even look the slightest bit like a traditional Christmas tree. You can get glass trees, metal trees, wooden trees... there are just so many options! Once again, I can't stress enough how great it is not to assemble a Christmas tree.

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Even More Mini-Tree Ideas

I am going to be realistic about the mini-tree situation right now... some of you are not going to be ready to embrace the mini-Christmas tree. I understand it can be tough to change. You might have small children that insist on a big Christmas tree. You could also just love having a traditional tree and you refuse to downgrade. You know what? You can still have some mini-trees in your home.

Miniature Christmas trees are perfect for centerpieces. They look cute on bookshelves. They even look nice at the office if you want to be festive, but can't have a tree there. Mini-Christmas trees are fun and a great way to express yourself. They even make the perfect present, especially Secret Santa gifts at work. With so many colors, shapes, sizes, and options available, why not give a mini-tree a chance this year? Merry Christmas!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I like the mini-tree idea, but it's got to be real. I have to have that fresh tree smell or it's a no-go. Fiber optic???? My mother had one and, well, it was not on my all-time favorite tree list. :)

Good info Jeannie!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Well, you are in luck then! Plenty of grocery stores sell mini-pine trees in little pots this time of year. They are usually really cute and decorated. One time my father bought one for me for Christmas. I was really happy, but it got some weird bug infestation and things ended badly for me and my little tree. It kind of scarred me a bit. Hehe. Maybe this is the Christmas I should buy another one and get over my bug phobia once and for all. :-) Thanks for your comment!

P.S. I love the tackiness of fiberoptic trees. I have a green one now and I had a white one in the past. They are so bad, they're good.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub packed with helpful suggestions! Giant live trees look spectacular but mini-trees look so cute and adorable. The latter are economical in many ways as compared to the former as rightly stated by you and I agree with you about the benefits of mini-trees.

My cousin-sister bought an artificial green mini-tree last year. She had fun decorating it on her own and invited me to view her prettily decorated tree. She stored it safely in the store-room to be re-used for many Christmases to come.

Once again, a detailed and enjoyable hub!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you so much. I love having a small artificial tree. My favorite are the kind that just come out the box already assembled. You just take it out, sit it down, and done! Thank you for sharing and thanks for the votes!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

We use many of the real mini pine trees you speak of in your comments. They provide the glorious scent and continue to produce more of Mother Natures bounty as well. Fantastic hub.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much for your comment. I am happy you enjoyed my hub.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

i love the little trees. They still light up the house. Especially if you don't have little kids at home and want to make your house festive. Great ideas here. Voting UP.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much for your comment and the vote up. I agree with you... in a house without small children, there are so many more decorating options like small Christmas trees, glass decorations, candles, etc.


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ChrisStyles 4 years ago from USA

I like to keep a 12 inch mini tree on my coffee table once November rolls around as a decoration. Still get the bigger tree too. For apartment dwellers, mini trees can be a lot more practical. I remember having a 6.5 ft tree in my first apt which was a studio, and that thing took up sooo much room :)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I agree with you. My apartment simply does not have the space for a large tree. I wouldn't know where to store it either since I always go with an artificial tree. Thanks for your comment!


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Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

I am so glad that I'm not the only one that does this! I have a white two footer and the bristles light up when it's plugged in--it's beautiful. I also have two small 5 inch green trees beside it. Very creative and wonderful article. You made my night!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much for the comment. Yes, I love my mini-trees. I won't have family coming to my apartment this Christmas, so I see no reason to bother decorating a tree. Sometimes I am just not into it.

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