Give with Tree Classics

Celebrate the season of giving by taking part in our Give with Tree Classics charity campaign. Help make this Christmas more memorable for those in need by donating to one of our seven partner charities that embody the essence of love and care for others. These organizations are the Easter Seals Capper Foundation, Every Orphan’s Hope, TryMunity, the DC Central Kitchen, the Johnson County Child Advocacy Center, the Dream Factory Inc., and the North Texas Food Bank.

There are two ways you can help raise fund for these charities:

1. For every order placed before Christmas, Tree Classics will donate $1 to your chosen partner charity. Place an order today and benefit these charities.

2. You can also help out by joining our special Tree Classics Christmas giveaway. Make a personal donation to your chosen charity by clicking the “Donate” links below. For every $5 contribution, you can win this adorable Pair of Snowmen Figurines from Tree Classics. And for every $25 donation, you get a chance to bring home this beautiful Tree Classics 6’ St. Charles Spruce Christmas tree with color changing lights. Make sure to place your donations before December 25th so you can qualify for our holiday giveaway.

Easter Seals Capper Foundation

Easter Seals Capper Foundation









First established during the 1920s by the benevolent Sen. Arthur Capper of Kansas, the Easter Seals Capper Foundation continues to provide brilliant individualized services to make sure that people with disabilities and their loved ones have a chance to live, learn, work and play in their communities. The foundation believes that each person should be valued and given equal opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

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Every Orphan’s Hope







The people behind Every Orphan’s Hope are committed to their goal of easing the overwhelming impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of orphans in Zambia. Each summer, they visit the country to conduct their Camp Hope in communities devastated by the epidemic. They build homes and provide orphan care to these children who have basically lost everything.

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TryMunity is a charity committed to increasing awareness about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and providing support to individuals and families suffering from this injury. By establishing an online social community, they have given people an avenue where they can share stories, ideas, suggestions, and words of encouragement to survivors and supporters.


DC Central Kitchen







With over 25 years of service, DC Central Kitchen continues to share warm and nourishing food to the poor and homeless residents of the Washington D.C. area. The organization leads the nation in reducing hunger with recycled food and serving healthy meals in schools around the city. They also provide culinary training to unemployed adults and rebuild urban food systems through social enterprise.

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Johnson County Child Advocacy Center









The Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County works closely with different law enforcement agencies in order to keep children safe and sound around their communities. Their primary goal is to establish a “child-friendly” environment where the youth can grow and play without any fears. The organization also provides care and support to victims of child abuse through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, play therapy, court school, court accompaniment among other things.

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Dream Factory Inc.











For years, the Dream Factory has been making dreams come true for critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen. With over 25,000 dreams granted since its inception, the group continues to give happiness to these young souls by raising funds in different communities. Members of the Dream Factory believe that by providing children’s dreams, they can help improve their health and extend the life of a critically ill child.

North Texas Food Bank









The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is one of the leading non-profit relief organizations, and the largest charity in North Texas. Each day, they provide 170,000 meals to hungry children, seniors and families around communities in the state.

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This season, share the spirit of the holidays with the less fortunate and help put a smile on their faces. Join our Give with Tree Classics charity campaign today.

4 Perfect Spots for Your Flatback Christmas Tree

Christmas trees allow you to add the beauty and sophistication of nature to your home. The fuller and more robust the foliage, the more magnificent it would look in any room. However, in order to fit a traditional artificial Christmas tree, it would take up a larger space in your home. This makes it an impractical choice for homes with limited space, such as apartments and condominiums. This is where a flatback Christmas tree comes in handy.

Tree Classics’ Murphy’s Flatback Christmas Tree features a unique design perfect for small spaces. Our Christmas tree combines the classic appeal of lush evergreen foliage with a convenient flat back so you can set it against a wall. This allows you to save more space in your home compared to other regular Christmas trees.

In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, we will help you choose the best place in your home where you can place your Murphy’s Flatback Christmas tree. Find out how you can decorate your home for the holidays without taking up too much space in your home.


The foyer is one of the most logical spots for a flatback Christmas tree. Since this is the first place most people get to see upon entering your home, placing your holiday display here would help create an enchanting entryway that would leave your guests in awe. The bright clear or multi-colored lights of the Murphy’s Flatback also make a warm welcome to your home for family and friends.

Beneath Your Staircase

Arguably one of the most underutilized places in homes, the space beneath your staircase is yet another excellent location for your flatback Christmas tree. Instead of leaving it bare and dull, place your Christmas display here to make this part of your home more fascinating. You can also add an elegant Christmas garland to the banisters to help draw attention towards your Murphy’s Flatback display.

Dining Room

Make Christmas dinner a lot more bountiful by placing your Yuletide display in the dining room. The space-saving design of the Murphy’s Flatback lets you add a charming highlight to your dining room that most regular Christmas trees cannot do.

Living Room

Make the most out of the festive charm of your Murphy’s Flatback by setting it near the windows of your living room. Aside from adding a heartwarming highlight to your space, this also lets your neighbors catch a glimpse of the wonderful Yuletide display you have at home.

The stylish design of the Murphy’s Flatback Christmas tree displays an excellent combination of form and practical function not found in any other holiday tree. Our Christmas tree offers homeowners a versatile Yuletide accent to complement your sophisticated decorating style.

3 Creative Ways to Store Holiday Decorations in Your Garage

For the busy homeowner, maintaining a well-kept and organized Christmas storage space can be quite a dilemma. Knowing how to collect holiday décor is one thing, but the real challenge is finding out where to safely keep them until the next Yuletide season. While most people use closets to store their Christmas décor, they only provide limited space and often prove too difficult to organize once the items begin to pile up. This is where the space in your garage factors in. Spacious and well-ventilated, this often forgotten part of your home can offer ample storage for all your holiday décor. Here are three creative ways on how to maximize the space in your garage.

Using Overhead Rafters to Hold Christmas Tree Storage Bags 

If you’ve already used up the entire floor space in your garage for storage, maybe it’s time to think vertically. Maximize the available head space in your garage by installing joists and rafters on your ceiling. These attachments can be used as totes to hold various sizes of plastic bins and Christmas tree storage bags in order to create additional storage space in your garage. You can also add large hooks to your ceiling or wall so you can hang your wreaths and garlands while in storage. Just make sure that the joists and rafters are properly attached to safely mount items. Ideally, each tote should only carry a total weight of around 210 lbs.

Mounting Mason Jars to Store Christmas Ornaments

For smaller, more delicate items, such as Christmas balls and tree toppers, you can use a different approach to the overhead totes. Instead of using plastic bins held up by rafters and joists, try using small mason jars to store your holiday ornaments. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Remove the lids off of the jars.
  2. Attach the lids to the bottom of a wooden cupboard using nails or screws.
  3. Carefully place your ornaments inside the mason jars.
  4. Mount the mason jars by attaching them back to their lids.

This storage idea not allows you to store items safely, but it also provides an excellent chance to showcase the beauty of your holiday ornaments even while being kept away.

Adding Multi-sectioned Cabinets for Larger Holiday Décor

Here’s a garage storage idea that sports fans will love. Transform your garage into your very own locker room by adding these amazing wooden cabinets. Available in various sizes and designs, these pre-fabricated cupboards feature different compartments to let you store all your Christmas décor safely. The key here is to get the correct measurements for the sections so you can store even larger items, such as 45-inch Christmas wreaths and upright Christmas tree storage boxes.

Finding a safe place to store your holiday items is not as hard is it may seem. Just like in using your garage for storage space, the secret to an efficient holiday organization is utilizing all available space of your home wisely. Keep a creative eye and try to think of other ingenious ways to store your cherished Christmas décor.

How to String Christmas Lights on Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree lights brighten up holiday celebrations and bring a twinkle to the eyes of both the young and the old. A Christmas tree without lights is like a candle without a flame, decorative but lacking warmth and luster. If you’re looking to start your holiday decorating early this season, now is the best time to learn how to string lights on your Christmas tree. Tree Classics gives you this easy to follow guide to stringing Christmas lights. It aims to make the whole process as simple and worry-free as possible for the busy homeowner.

Things to Consider

Before stringing your Christmas lights, you need to consider the height and width of your tree because this will be the basis for the number of lights you will need. Depending on how the lights are connected to each other, you can choose from two types: stacked lights and end-to-end lights.

  • Stacked lights

    This type of lighting allows for additional strings to be connected on both ends of the plug, letting you connect more light strands as needed.

  • End-to-end lights
    End-to-end lights

    This type only allows a single connection at one end of the plug, making it an ideal choice for smaller Christmas trees.

Stringing the Lights

What You Will Need:

    • New string of lights
    • Artificial Christmas tree
    • Step ladder
    • Electrical outlet

Step-by-step guide:

      1. Lay out the light strings on a flat surface. Plug them in to make sure all the bulbs are working and replace any that don’t. Restringing the tree with the strings plugged in is recommended so you’ll know exactly where the lights go on the tree. Don’t forget to put on your insulated gloves as a safety precaution against electric shock.
      2. As you set up the light strands, you can also start fluffing the branches of the tree. This is to ensure that cord is not too stretched out once you finished arranging the foliage of your Christmas tree later on.
      3. Begin setting up the Christmas light strands from the top of the tree then work your way to the bottom. You can use a step ladder to reach the top of taller trees. From the center pole, weave the lights through the branches until you get to the outermost tips, then weave them back again toward the trunk. Repeat this process for all the other branches.
      4. To keep the electrical load for the cord in a safe range, remember to only connect up to 300 lights end to end. After the first 300, plug in the next set of lights to a second outlet.
      5. Check the lighting for your Christmas tree by dimming any overhead lights in the room or by turning them off completely. This will allow you to look for bare spots or busted bulbs. Adjust the lights as you see fit.

Safety Precautions

      • Never plug more than two extension cords together. This is to make sure that the cord can handle the electrical load and avoid any short circuits. Also, double check if the cord can handle the wattage of the bulbs.Make sure that lights have the same wattage to prevent power surges.
      • Make sure that lights have the same wattage to prevent power surges.
      • Plug each light strand before hanging them on your tree to see if they are working. This will allow you to detect problems at the onset.
      • Remember to remove all tags from the lights.
      • Using a power strip is recommended because, aside from making it easier to switch your lights on and off, it provides an additional built-in circuit breaker.

The beauty of a Christmas tree depends largely on how you maintain it each year. Taking the time to string lights on it and decorate it with your family will ensure that you have a magnificent tree for many seasons to come.

Photo by State Farm via Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Decorating Tips: How to Create a DIY Gallery Wall

Whether you’ve just moved in to a new home or simply trying to add flare to an uninspired room, a do-it-yourself gallery wall is one of the best ways to bring prominence and personality to any room, wall, or hallway. Not only does it add a charming and festive highlight to spaces, but it also offers homeowners a more fun way to feature memorable items from the past, such as family photographs and souvenirs from holiday vacations.

In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, we present to you four quick and easy tips on how you can create your own DIY gallery wall. You can draw inspiration on how it should look by using items you would normally think are reserved for the Christmas season.

Step 1: Gathering Your Materials

A DIY gallery wall is extremely personal, so the materials you would want to use should focus on what is important to you. Using photos of your family from Christmas holidays and other celebrations can make your gallery wall instantly homey. Placing letter cutouts as monograms, on the other hand, can give your DIY gallery wall a more unique touch. You can also use a round Christmas wreath as a contrast to square shaped picture frames. There are dozens of way to incorporate your treasured Christmas decorations in your gallery.

For the tools, you will need a hammer, some nails, a pair of scissors, a pencil, a level, a tape measure, and some newspaper. You can also use a few splashes of paint if you want to add burst of color to your gallery wall. Once you’ve got your materials down, it’s time to set it up.

Step 2: Planning the Look

One of the most important steps in creating a DIY gallery wall is planning. Dealing with different shapes, sizes, and colors can be difficult without the proper planning. Knowing what goes where is crucial to making a balanced DIY gallery wall. You can easily do this by cutting out silhouettes of your design materials using a pair of scissors and some old newspapers. Remember to punch holes in the newspaper using a pencil.

If you’re using a Christmas wreath or decorative plates for your wall, the holes will help you correctly frame them. Using tape and newspaper cut-outs to try out different combinations can save you time and unnecessary holes in the walls. Once you’ve decided on where everything will be and the newspaper cut-outs are taped in place, you can now introduce more permanent materials.

Step 3: Hammering Your Points

After choosing which items you’re going to place on the gallery wall, you can now use the holes we punched earlier as a guide to where you’ll place your nails. Use a level to make sure that everything is balanced on the horizontal. This is crucial because you would not want your design materials leaning over to one side. Carefully, use the hammer to put your nails in place. Once every nail is set, you can now start finishing up your wall.

Step 4: Adding Your Wall Décor

Finally, you’re ready to start placing your design materials on your wall. Remove the newspaper cut-out just before hanging the décor  it represents. This will help you avoid any undue confusion while placing the items on your DIY gallery wall.

Sometimes, a brilliant idea comes up when you’re halfway done, but don’t fret. For instance, you may want to place a sconce to add lighting for special occasions, or add a garland as a border to enclose your gallery.  Planning helps minimize work, so don’t be afraid to make last minute adjustments to make your gallery wall as personal as you want it to be.

A DIY gallery wall is a rewarding way to personalize your home, and using holiday decors such as a holiday wreath or a Christmas portrait makes it fun and cost-effective. For more stylish and convenient tips on home decorating especially for the holidays, stay tuned to the Tree Classics blog. We’d also love to hear about your own decorating ideas for DIY gallery walls on our official Facebook page!