The centerpiece of the winter holiday season is the Christmas tree.
There’s no escaping seeing them once fall hits, and many even have traditions involving decorating their trees.
People around the world put them up and use them in a variety of ways, but the one thing that people often wonder is which type they should get.
Here’s a short guide to the types of Christmas trees available and the advantages of each.
Many associate Christmas with the live tree, and they’re widely available around the U.S.
starting after the first week of Novemeber.
This is the tree to get if you want a truly traditional holiday.
It’s grand, festive, and the pine smell is wonderful.
Live types of Christmas trees include the following: pine trees, spruces, fir trees, cedar trees, and cypress trees.
One of the drawbacks of having a live tree is it needs to be watered frequently and it will drop its needles as the season goes on.
Another issue is that it’s only good for a few weeks – you can’t save it for subsequent years and will need to find a way to dispose of or recycle it once Christmas is over.
Artificial trees can give the look of a traditional tree but they’re also able to be used again and again.
In addition to traditional green, they can now be found in a variety of colors and silhouettes.
Pre-lit artificial trees are also available, and these can be even more conveient.
Instead of worrying about buying and stringing lights around a tree that’s not pre-lit, all you need to do is take this kind out of the box, set it up, and plug it in.
They cost more money, but this type of tree may be worth it if you want to save time and effort.
Petite and Miniature Trees
This type of tree can be live or artificial, but it’s typically artificial.
Pettite and miniature trees are three feet tall or shorter and take up significantly less space than the traditional tree that’s at least five feet tall.
Some are slender while others are full and taper in the classical way, and they’re also available with colored branches.
Back in the 1950s and ’60s when aluminum Christmas trees were popular, it was very easy to find unique styles and they were often accompanied by a rotating color wheel – you can still find these vintage relics online, although you’ll pay a premium for the nostalgia.
The main advantage to having a small tree is that it saves space and you can have more than one.
If you want a tree in your dining room, hallway, and one for the basement or kids’ playroom, these are a great option.
Not only do they save space, miniature and petite trees cost less money than standard artificial and live trees and don’t use up many decorations.
What’s more, the smaller decorations available for them are inexpensive and you can even find them at dollar and discount stores.