The big Christmas question: Do you get a real or fake Christmas tree? Either way, they both have positives and negatives. If you decide to get an artificial tree this year, here a few things to keep in mind.
- Not all artificial trees are created equal. Some artificial trees can be very full and realistic, while others can have huge gaps and need some major sprucing up.
- Pre-lit or not? Do you want to add your lights to the tree or do you want a pre-lit tree? This will affect price and looks. If you will want to change the color of your lights in a year or two, go with unlit.
- Make an investment. If you plan on sticking with an artificial tree for years to come, get a quality (more expensive) tree. Good Housekeeping rated these trees the best artificial trees:
o Balsam Hill Fir- 7.5 feet tall ($999). This brand has a variety of sizes, ranging from $499-$1599.
o Oregon Noble Vintage tree ($547). This tree is known for its sturdy branches. You don’t need to worry about weighing down these branches.
- Look for bargains at your local big box stores. You can get quality artificial trees around the holidays (or right after).
If you already have an artificial tree that’s not so great, you can spruce it up by making it look fuller and less artificial with these tips and tricks.
- Fill in the gaps. Get pine garland and tree/pine picks to make your tree appear fuller.
- Clip ornaments. In addition to regular tree ornaments, pick some clip ornaments. Clip ornaments will stick out further and help fill in gaps.
- Garland and ribbon is your friends. Add dimension and fullness to your tree with tinsel garland and holiday ribbons.
- Make your artificial tree smell real with spray or scented ornaments.