How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Tree for Your House
Choosing the right tree for your house is no small matter; you want one that will be big enough to make a statement and be appreciated by the entire family, but small enough to fit your space. You also need to decide between a live tree and an artificial one, and if you choose a live tree, you’ll need to get the right stand or base so it stays alive throughout the holidays!
To decide between a live tree or an artificial one, first consider if you have pets in the home. Cats may chew on tree branches and dogs may actually relieve themselves on a live tree, so if you have a hard time keeping your pets in check, you may want to opt for an artificial tree. Many today are made to look very lifelike so appearance is not always an issue. If you purchase an artificial tree you can also keep it for years, whereas a live tree means heading off to a lot and strapping it to your car to bring it home.
If you do decide on a live tree, and even if you choose an artificial one, you want to consider the size of your space. It’s good to actually take measurements of the footprint of the space where you’ll display your tree. Once you shop, note the height of any tree. Most ceilings in a home are ten feet tall, so you don’t want a tree taller than that unless you have vaulted ceilings. Many lots that sell live trees will trim them down so they’re no more than six to nine feet tall so they’ll fit in standard homes, but it helps to take a tape measurement with you anyway.
For those looking to scale back their Christmas celebration, a smaller tree may be the perfect way to do this. You might put a smaller tree on a secure table or in a corner of your apartment for a lovely touch. This is a great choice for those who live alone or for couples who don’t have children and who may not be looking to make a grand statement with their tree. Rather than going without a tree altogether this year, opt for something smaller that works for you.
When you decide on a live tree, be sure you get a sturdy base for it. This is a small receptacle that holds you tree up and in which you add water to keep it alive. You may also need a Christmas blanket that goes under the tree, to protect your floor from falling needles and sap and to make a lovely place to keep your presents. These small touches will help you to have the best tree possible this year!