The Wintry Charm of Silver and White Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas trees today don silver or white needles that create a whimsical wintry charm. What are the best silver and white Christmas trees on the market? 

In the first edition of our holiday trees special, we take a look at two Tree Classics Christmas trees that capture the loveliness of wintry woodlands.

The Timelessness of a White Christmas

Long known as one of the finest white Christmas trees around, Tree Classics’ Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree offers an excellent wintry accent for holiday homes. Made with only the finest PVC needles, this pine tree fills any corner with coolness and calm. And with its flame-retardant material, you don’t have to worry about your favorite tree catching fire.

Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree
Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree

Our pre-lit Arctic White Pine tree is designed to enhance the captivating appeal of a white Christmas. The ever-reliable UL lights cast a beautiful ambient glow. Whether you place it in your living room or foyer, you will witness how our remarkable white Christmas tree turns your home into an ideal winter paradise.

The Everlasting Sheen of Silver

Recreate the vision of illustrious snow-capped forests with Tree Classics’ Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree. Combining the design elements of frosted trees and sparkling winter dew drops, this fine silver Christmas tree takes the elegance of silver Christmas trees to a higher level. The high-quality, flame-resistant PVC tinsel needles provide a pristine charm. The slim profile also fits any corner of your home.

Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree
Silver Bells Silver Christmas Tree

A perfect complement to any home design, our Silver Bells Silver holiday tree adds a fascinating centerpiece. The pre-lit version is crafted with worry-free UL lights to bathe your home with a mesmerizing glow worthy of the season.

Usher in the holidays with these charming white and silver artificial Christmas trees from Tree Classics.

Tree Classics’ Holiday Guide: Thanksgiving Tokens for the Host

Have you been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t show up empty-handed. Express your appreciation for your host’s hospitality with these thoughtful gift ideas from Tree Classics’ Holiday Guide.

1. Holiday Candles

Holiday candles as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Contemporary Candles And Candle Holders by San Francisco Furniture & Accessories Pottery Barn

 

Give your hosts a box of holiday candles, which they can use to decorate the Thanksgiving dinner table or warm up their home on cold winter nights. You can choose from simple to fancy designs molded in different shapes. A set of scented candles with a fall harvest fragrance of apple strudel or gingerbread spice is a nice, seasonal gift anyone would love to receive.

2. Wine

Wine as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Contemporary Barware

With a variety of spirits in the market, it is often hard to choose a wine that a host can appreciate. To be safe, show up with something that is always in high demand at holiday dinners, such as champagne or any sparkling fruit wine. In case you’re not sure if your beverage selection pairs with the menu, it’s good to inform the host that your gift is intended for his or her enjoyment after the event.

3. Homemade Spice Blends

Spice blends as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Contemporary Food Containers And Storage

If the host loves to cook and throw dinner parties, present him or her with your very own homemade spice blend. You can make a blend of Italian seasoning, rosemary, and garlic herb rub, steak mix, or anything that you think suits the host’s taste. Package this perfect little gift in a nice jar or spice shaker with a pretty label.

4. Crocheted Coasters

If you’re feeling crafty, why not crochet a lovely set of coasters? You can use fun or dainty patterns in warm autumn colors as a reminder of the beauty of the season. These coasters will make a fabulous Thanksgiving gift, especially when wrapped up in a lovely package and finished with a ribbon.

5. Herb Plant Box

Herb plant boxes as a gift to the host of the dinner party
Traditional Outdoor Planters

An herb plant box is a thoughtful, creative Thanksgiving token for a foodie host. By combining herbs that complement each other in a rustic wooden box, you create a practical gift your host or hostess will love to display right outside the kitchen window. Personalize the planter by inscribing the host’s name to make it extra special.

Hosts give their best efforts to prepare for a Thanksgiving gathering – be it a potluck or a conventional dinner. Expected or not, a small gift is always a nice way to show your appreciation for their warm welcome.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips: Keeping Your Adorable Pets Away from Holiday Decorations

The much-anticipated yuletide season may be a joyous time for the family, but the use of certain holiday decorations also poses some danger to your household pets. Dazzling Christmas ornaments can make them curious. They may play with them and, as a result, cause accidents and even injuries. On top of that, some of the materials found in traditional Christmas décor are particularly toxic to animals. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you keep your pets away from decorations – and safe during the holidays!

cats are especially playful around Christmas decorations

Choosing and Maintaining a Safe Christmas Tree 

Christmas trees can be unsafe for pets, but with a few changes at the beginning of the season, you can create a safe environment that will keep your items and your animal friends secure. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Instead of getting a live Christmas tree, purchase an artificial one. Live Christmas trees produce sap that can irritate an animal’s skin. Live trees also attract insects, which can then transfer to your dog’s or cat’s fir.
  • Get a small or medium-sized Christmas tree. Large fixtures attract more attention and can cause bigger damage if it gets toppled by your pets.
  • Choose a traditional-looking artificial tree. Colored and sparkly holiday pieces spark your pets’ curiosity.

tinsel can be fatal when eaten by your pets

  • Stay away from trees with tinsel in them. This material is fatal to dogs and cats.
  • Tabletop trees can be carried off by your pets and can easily be destroyed. Avoid them if possible.
  • The location of the tree can help keep it secure. Make sure to place your tree away from the fireplace. It’s also a smart idea to place it in a corner. If ever the tree does fall, the walls can stop it from completely toppling over.
  • Avoid flocking your tree. Most flocking materials can cause intestinal damage to your pets. If ever you do plan to place some kind of artificial snow on the branches, use cotton instead.
  • Lights and expensive ornaments should be placed on the upper-half of the tree. This will prevent any damage to your décor pieces.
  • Avoid using ornaments made from glass. When these shatter, they may cause harm to your kids and pets. Use pieces made from silk, cotton, tough plastic, or paper instead.
  • Remember to hide all your electrical wires deep in the tree. Tape your electrical cords to the bottom of your walls. As much as possible, don’t let your pets see them.
  • Remove ribbons and strings from your gifts if you plan on displaying them. These items can cause intestinal problems to the friendly critters in your home.

Pet-Proofing Your Holiday Pieces

dogs are curious about your holiday pieces

Christmas trees are not the only holiday objects in your home that can be bad for pets. There are also other common holiday decorations that can cause harm. Here are several guidelines to consider:

  • Lit candles are popular décor ideas during Christmas time. If you have pets running around the house, avoid them at all cost. 
  • It’s also a bad idea to use food items as ornaments. This is especially true for chocolate, which is toxic to dogs.

holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea

  • Choose natural plants carefully. Mistletoe, holly, ivy, and poinsettia can cause diarrhea, bouts of nausea, and convulsions when ingested.
  • Wreaths, garlands, and swags must be hung on the wall or placed on top of the mantel. Keep them high and as far away from pets as possible.

Keep your animal friends safe and happy during the cheerful Christmas season with this pet-friendly holiday guide from Tree Classics!

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table in 2 Easy Steps!

Fall entertaining calls for thoughtful gatherings. Make celebrations more memorable by prepping your table for Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving with these inspiring autumn tablescapes.

Step 1: Highlight Your Own Style

Traditional Table Decorations

Traditional dining room with orange pumpkins

Decorating with natural elements this fall is not only stylish but also easy and festive! Mini pumpkins, flowers, and candles make this table setting traditionally elegant. The low height of the floral arrangement ensures that diners still see each other during the meal.

Modern Table Decorations

A unique and edgy centerpiece, such as this tree branch candleholder, creates the perfect focal point in a modern dining room. Dried autumn leaves that serve as the runner and apples in a warm copper hue add to the autumnal look.

Eclectic Table Decorations

Fresh, modern matte white pumpkins mixed with chic gold flatware and elegant crystal show seasonality with an eclectic twist. A rustic bird figurine brings interest while subtle patterns in the linens create texture.

Modern Cottage Table Decorations

This modern cottage tablescape foregoes traditional autumn colors but still exudes that familiar warm feeling of fall. Turkey prints, wicker chargers, and silver candlesticks combine to give a fresh take on a Thanksgiving look. A distressed candleholder filled with moss and large acorns for a centerpiece make this table setting extra inviting.

Step 2: Play with Color

Orange Table Decorations

Nothing says autumn like pumpkins in the traditional tones of orange. Showcase the symbol of fall by placing a pumpkin inside a hurricane jar. Add sunflowers to bring in cheer and also candles for a warm glow.

Black & Gold Table Decorations

Go for black and gold if you want a tablescape that’s fun but still subtle and elegant. Combine gold pumpkins, chargers, and candlesticks with black and white patterned accents. Use simple white plates and wine glasses to complete the neutral look.

All White Table Decorations

Grace your Thanksgiving table with sophistication by using all white table décor. The white turkey and pumpkins embrace the fall theme in a fresh yet elegant approach. Crystal and fine china complete the formal setting.

Pink, Yellow & Orange Table Decorations

Fresh roses, leaves, and pumpkins decorate this simple tabletop with a treasure of color, texture, and shape. A table runner with vibrant hues of orange and pink provide a bold backdrop.

A beautiful fall table setting is a great way to embrace the season. Showcase the captivating colors and shapes of fall with a stunning tablescape done in two simple steps.

Win an Artificial Tree! Join Tree Classics’ Military Family Facebook Giveaway Contest

Tree Classics is giving away holiday prizes to the families of soldiers

‘Salute Your Soldier’ Military Family Tree Giveaway

Every year, thousands of families feel a little incomplete around the holiday season. Deployed soldiers from around the country miss their children’s visits to Santa, the singing of carols and the opening of gifts. With loved ones gone, the holiday season can feel more gloomy than cheerful.

At Tree Classics, we believe December should be one of the happiest times of the year, and we want to help those who sacrifice so much for our country to feel the joy we know exists in the holiday season.

In an effort to give back to the brave families that have committed their lives to the military, Tree Classics is giving away five (5) holiday prizes. Families with an active or retired member of the military are eligible to win one of five prizes to help warm up their homes for the holiday season. We encourage you to share with us your story or a story of someone you love and admire who deserves a little more cheer this year.

How do I enter?

Entries will be in the form of pictures of soldiers or soldiers’ families, uploaded to the Tree Classics Facebook page’s contest app. Nominate a military family (or your own family) by uploading your picture along with a note telling us how they personify the holiday spirit.

Who is eligible?

Families with an active or retired member of the military are eligible for prizes. Eligible entrants must be residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Tree Classics cannot ship to overseas bases.

Who wins?

Winners will be decided by fan voting. The five (5) entries with the most votes will be awarded a Tree Classics product. We encourage you to share your entry with your friends, family and networks, as well as encourage other families to participate. Winners will be notified via email by December 18, 2013.

What are the prizes?

The top three (3) entries will win one (1) Pre-lit Wisconsin Fraser Fir each, while the two (2) runners-up will be awarded one (1) 24-inch Clear Lights Aster Christmas Wreath.

When is the contest?

The contest begins Monday, November 18, 2013, at 9:00 am PT. To enter, visit our Facebook page and upload a picture of your nominated family (or soldier) with a note about the family’s holiday spirit. When nominating another family, we ask that the family be aware before you submit because Tree Classics will need to contact them if they win. Encourage your friends, families and network to vote for your entry until the contest ends — Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm PT.

What are the rules?

Entrants must be residents of and living in the United States. Nominations can come from anyone, but families eligible to win prizes must include an active or retired member of the military. For the official contest rules, visit our Facebook page.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are excited to express our gratitude to such heroic families in the community. Every year, families sacrifice quality time to protect our country, and we are happy to give back to those courageous men and women. We look forward to all of the entries and wish you the best of luck and a happy holiday season!

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Dishes You Can Make Ahead

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a real challenge. Often, this demands too much work from the home chef and even requires the person to create multiple dishes in only a few hours. One smart way to take the pressure off is to prepare some of your food choices a day or two in advance. To help you prepare for the wonderful feast ahead, Tree Classics has compiled a list of delicious and must-have recipes anyone can prepare the night before Thanksgiving.

a delicious thanksgiving spread

Cranberry Sauce with Champagne and Currants

delicious cranberry sauce with champagne and curant

One of the things that people are looking for during Thanksgiving dinner is the mouthwatering and succulent cranberry sauce. This sweet and sour paste is the classic addition to your smoky and crisp roast turkey. A more elevated variant of this dish is Serious Eats’ cranberry sauce with champagne and currants, which you can make nights before the momentous occasion.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

a yummy freshly-baked pumpkin cheesecake

Desserts can take hours and take up a lot of oven space, so it’s really smart to bake them a day before the actual dinner. One of the deserts that can benefit from being inside a refrigerator overnight is Baking Addiction’s pumpkin cheesecake. This yummy recipe, with its creamy cheese frosting, its autumn-inspired flavor, and crunchy graham cracker base will taste a hundred times better once it’s been chilled to flawless goodness.

Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup

Soup is the perfect way to start any Thanksgiving meal. Although it looks fairly simple, it does take a lot of work. The best soup simmers for hours and requires a lot of attention and mixing. Naturally, home cooks will find it hard to do this while worrying about a bird in the oven and various other dishes on the stove. This roasted pumpkin soup from Skinny Taste can be chilled the night before and heated up the day after without compromising its appetizing full flavors.

Soul Sweet Taters

a mouthwatering spoonful of sweet potatoes

Another beloved Thanksgiving side dish is sweet potatoes. Their sugary taste is a wonderful contrast with the meat and they immediately remind people of the essences that have usually associated with the holiday season. This takes a lot of squashing and precise flavoring so it’s a good idea to prepare it ahead of time.  Try out these marvelous soul sweet taters from The Pioneer Woman. Its crunch and taste will make it a new favorite among family members.

White Wine Gravy

a zesty bowl of white wine gravy

If you want something more savory than the traditional cranberry sauce, this white wine gravy from The Way the Cookie Crumbles is a delightful zesty alternative that you can make days ahead and even save up for leftovers. Everyone will love the varying dimensions of herbs, spice and sweetness with this tasty turkey match.

Enjoy fine and lip-smacking dishes and have an easier time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving season with these recipe recommendations from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

Photo by Martin Cathrae via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Photo by Pretty in Print via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0.

Photo by Slice of Chic via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Photo by Slice of Chic via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Christmas Tree

Selecting the perfect Christmas tree for your home is a difficult task. One has to consider a number of factors before making a decision. Luckily, with the right questions and the right answers, one can find the ideal holiday showpiece. Courtesy of Tree Classics, we’ve compiled a helpful list of frequently asked questions on how to choose a Christmas tree.

A gorgeously lit and elegantly decorated artificial Christmas tree

1. Should I get a live Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree?

Live Trees

  • Live trees are the classic choice for the holidays. They offer a fresh and crisp profile and have that familiar scent and feel that remind people of the season.
  • Live trees are all-natural. They are biodegradable.
  • Unfortunately, live trees attract insects that can be a nuisance to your home.
  • These trees also shed needles, which can be a hassle to clean up.
  • Finally, these trees need to be maintained. To keep them fresh, their tree stand must be constantly filled with water.

Artificial Christmas Trees

  • Artificial trees beautifully capture the profile and look of real evergreens.
  • Fake trees are user-friendly and convenient. They can be bought online and are available in various colors, sizes, and types. Most of them are also prelit – perfect for people who don’t have the time to string lights on their tree.
  • Most artificial trees are fire-proof and hypo-allergenic. Since they are made from synthetic materials, they don’t attract insects.
  • Artificial trees also cost less since they can be used repeatedly for years.
  • Fake trees are also easier to maintain.

2. What should I be on the lookout for when buying trees?

It’s important to consider the branches and needles before making a purchase. See if they are durable and can carry all your precious holiday ornaments. Also take a look at the profile of the tree. Make sure you purchase something that’s lush and with ample space for all your holiday adornments.

3. How tall should my Christmas tree be? 

A Classic Fraser Fir Tree from Tree Classics

Height is an important factor to consider. After all, no one really wants a tree that’s too tall or too short. Before leaving your house or going online to shop, take a tape measure, and gauge the distance between your ceiling and your floor. The height of the tree should be at least a foot lower than your ceiling. If you plan on using a tree topper, factor in its height as well.

4. How wide should my Christmas tree be?

Measure the floor area of your chosen location as well. When allocating space for the width of your Christmas tree, there should be at least a foot of distance between the walls and your holiday tree.

5. Where should I buy my Christmas tree?

Christmas tree farms are still your best bet for live Christmas trees. These establishments guarantee that all of their evergreens are freshly harvested. Best of all, consumers can take a look around, check the trees for themselves, and even have their choice evergreen cut or trimmed on the spot.

A grand display at a christmas tree market

For artificial Christmas trees, Tree Classics is an excellent and top-notch choice. Tree Classics provides a wide variety of artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, lights, and holiday ornaments for everyone’s yuletide decorating needs. Best of all, it provides a wide selection of types and sizes perfect for any home.

Tree Classics is also proud of its Real Feel™ technology, which accurately captures the appearance of live trees found in evergreen forests.

6. What’s the perfect location for my Christmas tree?

Foyers and living rooms are always an ideal location for your Christmas tree. These are usually settings with a lot of foot traffic.

Go for rooms people use for gatherings and celebrations. Make sure that your tree is far from heat sources, such as air vents and fireplaces. This will significantly reduce the chances of accidents.

It’s also important to place your tree in a location where it won’t block the way. Corners or areas close to the wall are great choices. Put your tree in a place where there is a lot of space around it.

7. What accessories will my tree need?

First, your tree needs a stable and sturdy stand. Make sure to purchase a stand that resists rust and will prevent the tree from falling over with the slightest push or tug.

If you want your tree to have a bit more life, consider adorning it with Christmas lights, which are also available on the Tree Classics website. Ornaments are never a bad idea. These decorations bring an air of festivity to any space. Pick out a theme before going out and purchasing these fine holiday accents. Lastly, think about getting a tree topper to complete your Christmas scheme.

8. What kind of Christmas lights work best?

Consumers traditionally use C7, C8, and C9 lights for their holiday needs; however, these types of bulbs quickly overheat and easily burn out. At present, most consumers prefer LED lights. These nifty alternatives cast a brighter light compared to their counterparts. They also don’t overheat, making them the safer choice. Best of all, they’re energy-efficient, which means they cost less money in the long run.

9. What kind of ornaments work best?

Frosted Candy Cane Ornaments from Tree Classics

Ornaments made from plastic, resin, fiber, or silk are great choices. They’re durable and won’t get destroyed if ever they fall off the tree. Paper is out of the question. These can be destroyed and may even pose a fire hazard since they burn easily. That being said, lit candles are not advisable. Finally, glass decorations should also be avoided. These shatter and may cause harm to family members.

10. What kind of tree topper should I use?

A wonderful star Christmas tree topper

Tree toppers are a great way to make a statement about what Christmas means to you and your family. Choose a top ornament that complements your tree and holiday decorative theme. Don’t choose a heavy tree topper. This might cause the whole tree to topple over.

With these helpful and smart tips from Tree Classics, you’ll have the information you need to buy the Christmas tree of your dreams.

Photo credits

Photo by bambe1964 via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0.

Photo by Sherene via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Photo by WoofBC via flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

How to Decorate an Autumn Country Kitchen

Autumn brings an unmistakable rustic charm that’s simply breathtaking! With a few adjustments and a couple of additions, you can bring this traditional appeal into your very own country kitchen. Here are some inspiring decorating ideas to give your kitchen a warm pastoral charisma:

Pumpkins and Gourds on Your Shelves 

pumpkins and gourds on cabinets and mantels
Photo 1 and 2 from Houzz

Pumpkins and gourds exhibit the colors of autumn vibrantly. By adding these natural decorations, you can bring the colors of the fall landscape into your space. Place these on your shelves or nook. Pair these with orange candles or dried leaves.

A Bowl of Potpourri on Your Counter 

dried potpourri can bring a fragrant atmosphere to your home

You can also breathe in the fragrance of the countryside! A bowl of freshly dried potpourri fills rooms with the soothing aromas of autumn and adds a touch of bright hues in minimalist areas. Best of all, it eliminates various odors brought on after cooking.

Candles in Glass Cylinders

glass cases with a candle stick and nuts and beans
 Photo 1 and 2 from Houzz 

One fine way to bring fall’s rustic colors into your kitchen is to take a glass cylinder, fill it with various types of nuts and beans, and stick in a candle. This provides subtle accent lighting to accentuate your homely space.

candles can create an ideal mood that go well with family dinners

Pumpkin candles on your breakfast nook are also a delightful choice. The soft radiance from these items is ideal for setting a warm mood during evening meals with the family.

Autumn’s Lovely Blooms in the Corner of Your Kitchen 

autumn flowers paired with a pumpkin spicd candle

Fresh flowers create a cheerful atmosphere in your space. This is especially needed for stuffy kitchens. Chrysanthemums, heleniums, and sunflowers in a corner of your kitchen give your room a dab of vibrancy that many will find quaint and pleasant.

Bring autumn’s country charm into your precious kitchen space with these design inspirations from Tree Classics.

Tree Classics Salutes Our Military Heroes

The bravery of men and women who serve our country inspires all of us at Tree Classics. In celebration of Veterans Day, we are commemorating their heroism in our own simple way.

Tree Classics's Tree for Our HeroesHeroes Camouflage Christmas Tree

We designed our Heroes Camouflage Christmas Tree as a tribute to our unsung military heroes. The unique foliage features camouflage colors and is made from 100% premium and flame-retardant PVC. Standing tall in a proud area of your home, this wonderful statement tree brings an atmosphere of gallantry and patriotism that will encourage all who see it to cultivate the same values.

The Heroes' Christmas Tree Up Close

Our 7-foot camouflage Christmas tree not only commemorates the selflessness of men and women in the armed forces; it also instills in children the important contribution of our soldiers to the peace and security of our nation.

Parents can share a wonderful moment with the kids: they decorate this tree with ornaments patterned after insignia worn by our heroes. This is also a marvelous time to teach kids a bit of American history or perhaps your own family legacy if you or a relative has ever been called to defend the country.

A Star Adornment for your Tree
Modern Holiday Decorations by Other Metro Furniture and Accessories Crate&Barrel

Have fun placing small paper flags between the branches. Silver stars and military dog tags can also make for unique ornaments.

Display the camouflage Christmas tree in honor of those in the military service. And rekindle the message of bravery and selflessness espoused by our heroes.

Films that Honor American Heroes

Heroism and patriotism have always been a favorite subject in film. These narratives are a wonderful way to remind people about the importance of struggling against injustice and defending our community and country against all that threaten them. At the same time, these narratives also honor the bravery and sacrifices made by the people who chose to fight for what is right. Here are five American films that pay tribute to our modern day heroes:

All the President’s Men (1976) 

the film poster for Alan Pakula's All the President's Men

Alan Pakula’s All the President’s Men focuses on one of America’s most talked about controversy: the Watergate Scandal. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford play Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two journalists who try to uncover the secrets behind the strange burglary at the Watergate complex. Aided by a secret informant, who calls himself Deep Throat, the investigation leads the two newsmen to a startling discovery that might compromise the integrity of the president and the administration. Based on real-life events, this movie shows Bernstein’s and Woodward’s unbreakable commitment to the truth, to journalistic integrity, and to what they owe the public.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July is part of Oliver Stone’s trilogy of films about the Vietnam War. This critically acclaimed movie takes the subject matter out of the deadly battlefield and brings it to the home front, in the invisible war that the media did not cover. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, a soldier taken out of the war zone due to injuries sustained during combat. In his hometown, the audience becomes witness to his difficulty in adjusting to the life he once knew before seeing everything he had seen in Vietnam. He finally gets his bearings, realizes that he does not want what he experienced to happen to anyone, and joins a coalition protesting against the war. The film is a testament to the horrors of war while honoring the men and women who would put themselves in the line of fire for their country.

The American President (1995) 

Rob Reiner's The American President

Rob Reiner’s The American President is an enthralling look into the life and responsibilities of the world’s most powerful man. Written by award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, this film focuses on President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, as he deals with re-election, a debate over a crime bill, the conflict in the Middle East, and an impending environmental crisis, while trying to make a relationship work with a liberal lobbyist. The film expertly showcases the dedication of a man in his efforts to improve a country and his willingness to sacrifice his personal happiness for the betterment of the electorate.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan

Considered a modern-day masterpiece, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is a breathtaking and harrowing account of a small band of soldiers under orders to retrieve and bring home Private James Ryan, a paratrooper who had lost three of his brothers in World War II. With uncertainty, the soldiers plunge head-on into enemy territories, risking life and limb just to save one man. This film exhibits the bravery of our soldiers fighting out of the country and their dedication even in the face of death.

United 93 (2006)

Paul Greengrass' United 93

One of the most heartbreaking movies in our list, United 93 takes a look at the greatest tragedy of our times. On September 11, 2001, against the threat of an attack on US soil, the passengers of United 93 bond together and stop the nefarious plans of the Al Qaeda. Armed with nothing but their bravery, without any military training whatsoever, they fight off the terrorists and bring the plane down, just so they could save the capital from an act of violence designed to take hundreds of lives. This movie is beautiful and stands as an inspiring reminder that everyone can make a difference.

Remember the heroism of our dear countrymen with these stirring and inspiring film recommendations from Tree Classics.