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How to Pick an Artificial Christmas Tree

Updated on February 1, 2015
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

The Artificial Christmas Tree

So you've decided you want an artificial Christmas tree for your home. Perhaps you've had live trees in the past, but they've become a nuisance. Maybe you've had an artificial tree before, but you'd like to make a change. For whatever reason, you want an artificial Christmas tree, but there are so many to choose from. You need to consider several things when picking an artificial Christmas tree.

When you are deciding on your tree, determine the size you want before making the purchase. You also want to consider the color of the tree. Furthermore, usually the more needles on the tree, the most realistic the tree will look. If you are interested in getting a tree that looks like a live tree, you may want to buy one in person so you can see what the tree will look like out of the box. If looking realistic is not a priority, buying a tree online might be your better option. You won't even have to worry about toting it home.

So if you are ready to buy your artificial tree, let's explore some options. There are many on the market now, so you'll have plenty of Christmas trees to consider.

Tree Size

When choosing an artificial Christmas tree, size does matter. If you are putting the tree in a small space, do not get too carried away. Do you want the tree to go to the ceiling? Would you prefer to put it on a stand? Furthermore, this is an artificial tree, so you are going to need to store it. If you don't have a large space to keep this tree for 11 months out of the year, consider getting a small tree. Remember that small trees fold up into small boxes.

A good standard size tree is about 6 to 7 feet tall. It is usually a size that fits easily in most homes and looks natural. If you are used to having live trees in your home, don't forget that you are not going to be able to trim your artificial tree if it is too large. So make sure to break out the measuring tape before you make your purchase.

Tree Color

Something else you want to consider is the color of the tree. Not only do you want to consider whether you want a dark green or a light green tree, you may decide you do not want a natural look at all. After all, the tree is artificial, so who are you kidding with a natural color like green anyway?

You could decide you want a white tree. In some ways, white trees look really classy. White trees look beautiful with white lights and subtle ornaments. You do need to take into consideration that white trees often turn yellow as they age. If you intend on keeping the tree for many years, it may not last as long as you are hoping.

There are also many other interesting colors on the market rather than white or green, such as pink and purple. If you want something really different in your home, you may want to opt for one of those unusual colors. You can also get a completely silver tree made entirely of tinsel. With so many options, make sure to check them out before deciding on just one color.

Pre-lit Tree vs. Standard Tree

Many people enjoy the fun of decorating their Christmas tree. However, only the most diehard Christmas decorating enthusiast likes stringing the lights around the tree. Thankfully, there are now many pre-lit tree options.

Just remember, when you buy your pre-lit tree, you are committing to that type of lighting as long as you have the tree. If you want colorful, giant light bulbs strung around the tree, it is going to look rather ridiculous on a tree that is pre-lit. So if you change your mind a lot, a pre-lit artificial tree might not be for you.

Even More Options

Don't forget, you don't have to put a Christmas tree in your home. No one can make you decorate if you are not interested in it. If you do not want to buy an artificial tree this year, maybe you can decorate a potted plant. Perhaps you already have a small pine tree in your home. You can also just buy a small, pre-decorated pine tree from just about any grocery store. You can just buy it for a low price and then sit it in the middle of the coffee table. Your Christmas tree decorating is done for the winter!


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile image

    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you crossed over to artificial trees with me. They are so much cleaner. A nice pine air freshener or candle certainly helps one pretend they have a real tree anyday. Thanks for the comment and vote up!

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Jeannie, we always use to have a real tree, but enough is enough with picking up all those needles!!

    The artificial trees now are fabulous!

    thanks for a great hub and voting up!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... Christmas must be awesome at your house. I've never had a live tree before. I don't bother even putting together a tree anymore. That tree in the photo is mine. I just take it out the box, attempt to make it look less flattened, and then plop it down. I just have to plug it in. It is even predecorated. Hooray!

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    ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


    We always had artificial Christmas trees when I was growing up. Oh the joys of inserting 17,000 pine (looking) quills into the 19,000 provided pre-drilled holes on the 'trunk' of the tree.

    If you don't seat the quills 'just so' the propensity is for the weight of the ornaments to take the whole tree down and into the fireplace (on Christmas Eve). So I've heard...

    I was given a live tree by a friend (right? He had a real nice ass tree...two days before Christmas...he bought an even nicer ass tree and gave me the old one).

    It sat in my apartment until late May when a wise-ass friend pondered the question of...What happens if you flick a Bic under it?

    I've come to associate Christmas with roaring disastrous fires.

    Thank you for this.