Classic, Wintry or Rustic: Choosing Your Ideal Christmas Tree

As we get closer to December, your holiday decorating plans inevitably start taking shape. You find yourself thinking about that vintage set of multicolored bubble lights you picked up. Or maybe you’ll be breaking out all the homemade decorations and ornaments your family has crafted over the years.

Whatever the plan, everyone has decorating traditions they look forward to that signal the beginning of the season. At the center of your home’s holiday decor is your Christmas tree, and whether your family is all about the standards or prefers something unconventional, Tree Classics offers a variety of different choices that will match your holiday spirit.

A Style to Suit Your Celebration

Even though a Christmas tree is a holiday standard, that doesn’t mean it has to have a standard look with a singular kind of style. Whether you prefer the woodsy style you grew up with or something more modern, finding the ideal artificial Christmas tree for you and your family is a cinch. The styles below will give you a cross-section of what we offer:

A classic Christmas showcase from Tree Classics

  • The classic look: For many, Christmas is based around the traditional visuals, such as a tree showcasing a red, green and gold color scheme. Our Classic Fraser Fir and Majestic Blue Spruce exemplify this classic style, with lifelike Real Feel™ needles that won’t dry out and collect on your floor. For those whose living room is tight on space, we also have the slender Kennedy Fir and the Oregonian Slim.A rustic Christmas display from Tree Classics.
  • Rustic and outdoorsy: If you want a tree that looks as if it’s just arrived from the snowy woods, we have choices perfect for a country-themed Christmas. These include the Snow-Kissed Pine, the Snowy Aspen Spruce, the Clifton Pine, and the Alpine Estates Flocked Fir. One of these trees will allow you to enjoy the beauty of winter inside your home alongside some wreathes and pine cones.A wonderfully wintry display from Tree Classics.
  • Wintry trees: For those who prefer something distinct and unconventional, a white or silver tree will definitely stand out and create a wintry look. A Flocked White Fir Deluxe, the Arctic White Pine or the Silver Bells Silver Tree will ensure you have a White Christmas, regardless of the temperature outside. You can also choose a tree with eye-catching multi-colored lights or ones that change colors.

  Perfect Tree, Just a Click Away

No matter the style you’re looking for, our artificial trees will provide the perfect look without adding more tasks to your holiday to-do list. With an artificial tree, you won’t have to worry about daily watering or preventing your pets from trying to climb it. Our trees are easy to set up and to store away when the season is over. Whether you’re making the switch to an artificial tree for the first time, or you’re already familiar, Tree Classics will deliver the style and beauty you’re looking for, with a Christmas tree you’ll be able to use for years to come.

How to Decorate with Tree Classics’ Holiday Ornaments

Holiday ornaments are essentials to any Christmas decorating themes. By adding a few colorful decorations to your Tree Classics’ artificial Christmas tree, you can easily bring another dimension of wonder and cheer to your spaces. This makes your holiday celebrations extra special for the entire family. Here are several marvelous adornments you can hang on your Christmas tree this season courtesy of Tree Classics.

Timeless Colors of Christmas Past

Tree Classics’ Christmas Delight Ornament Kit.

Tree Classics’ Christmas Delight Ornament Kit features the classic colors we typically associate with the holiday season: red, green and white. At the same time, it also features some variations on the hues, creating a medley that’s both cheerful and captivating. Perfect for both green and white trees, these ornaments will add a fancy touch to trees and an attractive appeal that’ll both be appreciated by the oldest members of the family and the newest ones. Pair these with bright clear lights for a stunning and unforgettable display.

Winter Elegance

Tree Classics’ Champagne Christmas Ornaments.

If you want something a little more regal, choose Tree Classics’ Champagne Christmas Ornaments. These adornments feature three sparkling colors: gold, silver and bronze. Ideal for bright and warm clear lights, these pieces add an amazing sophistication that brings a classy dimension to your family dinners or to your small get-togethers with friends and colleagues. If you want to maximize completely the stylish grace of these pieces, make sure to put a couple with your garlands or inside a ceramic bowl in the middle of your coffee table.

A Serene and Lovely Appeal

Tree Classics’ Snowberry Ornament Kit.

Tree Classics’ Snowberry Ornaments combines the attractive qualities of winter with the soulful colors of Christmas. Our set comes with deep red, silver and white, each designed with a pattern that calls to mind the beautiful sights of the winter outdoors. Majestic and stylish, these adornments are perfect for any themes. Create a magnificent showcase by pairing it with our tree skirts and our holiday wreaths!

Make sure your holiday themes are complete and extra special this season with Tree Classics’ ornaments. Tune in to our blog for more decorating ideas and helpful tips for the coming yuletide season.

Tree Classics Product Feature: Fraser Fir

When thinking about decorating themes for the upcoming holiday season, you can never go wrong with the classics. One timeless Christmas tree that’s guaranteed to invoke a cheerful and elegant atmosphere in your home is Tree Classics’ Fraser Fir.

Tree Classics' Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

The enduring and ever lovely Fraser Fir is a holiday icon. A tree that thrives in North Carolina, its beauty and stature has made the Fraser Fir the nation’s most favorite tree. Tree Classics has masterfully captured the look and majesty of this cherished holiday symbol. Our tree features lush and deep green foliage crafted using our unique Real FeelTM technology. Through this process, we have recreated the tips and needles of its inspiration, down to its shape and deep and soulful green that has captivated thousands over the years. Family members, especially children, won’t be able to tell that the tree wasn’t harvested from a thick and dense evergreen forest.

Our Fraser Fir features a lush and majestic foliage

To make matters more special, our Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree also features sturdy branches and a robust form, creating the perfect backdrop for your ornaments and holiday heirlooms. It is available with clear or multicolored lights, allowing homeowners to highlight the fine characteristics of the evergreen while providing warmth to any space.

Perfect for any house and an ideal addition to any theme, the Fraser Fir is just what every family home needs. It’s designed to be the star of the season, a companion during Christmas mornings and the focal point of any celebration. Give your family a classic tree they can love for years and years by purchasing your very own Fraser Fir tree.

Deck the Walls: Unique Décor Ideas for your Wall

The walls of a home are blank canvases that homeowners can use to elevate their homes. The typical amateur designer paints it with a fresh coat of paint, or embellishes it with framed photographs or artworks. Those are classic ideas that never go out of fashion. However, if you want to set your home apart, you might want to try something different. Courtesy of the Tree Classics blog, here are several delightfully unique décor inspirations perfect for your wall.

Framed photographs and artworks can make for a great focal point, but if you add a series of images in different sizes, you can create a collage of delightful visuals that are sure to highlight your passions and fascinations. Try these out for white walls and for rooms that have a simple décor scheme to make it unique and captivating.

Stencils are another wonderful way to add character to your home. Using these décor ideas allows homeowners to add a dash of their personality to their spaces. Try a winter stencil decoration to bring in the beauty of the snow season to your home. Pair these with wood and other white fixtures to complete your theme and to produce a more charming effect.

Maps are another classic addition to walls. For something unique, you can try placing a fragmented map composed of varying pieces to your living room wall. This decorating idea adds a contemporary spin to a timeless décor.

Another wonderful idea is to bring the beauty and wonders of nature into your home. Preserved and painted tree stumps installed on the wall can create a distinctive look that gives your space a rustic charm. This is an excellent idea for homes that use wood as its dominant material.

If you’re not a big fan of trees or plants, try hanging some images of animal life on your walls. Animal shapes created from cut paper and laminated for extra protection can add some much needed life to your walls.

For something stylish, try your hand at decorating the wall above your mantel with umbrellas. Not only does it add color to your wall, but it also brings the distinct charm of a novelty item to your space.

Give your home a unique appeal by trying out these wall décor inspirations! Stay tuned to Tree Classics for more attractive design ideas for your home.

How to Display Your Family Photos Elegantly

Photographs capture special moments in time. For families, they can serve as reminders of an important milestone during special events and holidays. While most of us typically just place photos in albums or tables, these precious images can also be used as unique and uplifting décor accents. By creating a sophisticated display using photographs, you can fill your space with both warmth and nostalgia. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are a couple of décor inspirations you can immediately use for your home.

 

An empty white wall is always a great canvas for a photograph display. Encase your photographs in minimalist frames and arrange them in the order you prefer. You can display them chronologically or even at random. The important thing to remember is the entire display should be symmetrical. This creates a clean and refined look that’s simply pleasant to look at.

 

The wall beside a staircase is also an ideal space for your photographs. These spots are mostly left vacant, so putting framed pictures in that area can add a special classiness to your home. Add a couple of pictures near the steps and family members will feel like they’re taking a journey while they tread up and down the stairs.

 

The area near the stairs is also a great location for your photographs, since it provides the same effect of the previous decorating concept. For this section, try to mix it up a bit. Different positions create an interesting but still delightful effect. Adding a few mirrors can provide a nice contrast, creating a theme that’s charming to look at while still being heartwarming.

 

The dining room is another wonderful location, since this is where the family gathers and spends time together especially during holidays. Having them surrounded by their most cherished memories is nothing short of perfect. Pick out a frame that complements well with your table and dining room table. If you have wood and hardwood floors, get a frame with a dark border to create an interesting contrast.

 

If you have no space in your home or if you prefer something fancy and jolly, you can always wait for the holidays and just hang those lovely photos on your Christmas trees. Placing photos of past Christmases in small frames and tying them to your branches can create a look that’s both dazzling and uplifting.

Create a sophisticated and charming home filled with memories using your family photographs! Stay tuned to Tree Classics’ for more décor inspirations for your precious home.

How Does Tree Classics’ Real Feel Technology Set Our Products Apart?

During Christmas time, family members leave their professional lives in the city and travel to their hometowns to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday with loved ones. One of the things they look forward to when they get to their childhood home is the Christmas tree, the star and centerpiece of the Yuletide season. Wouldn’t it be great if they could come home to a tree that looks and feels just like the real thing? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could see something that would remind them of the warmth of Christmases past and cherished family traditions? It definitely would make the journey home even more special. With Tree Classics’s Real FeelTM Technology, you can have the perfect artificial Christmas tree to highlight these timeless Christmas reunions.  Fraser 1

What is Tree Classics’ Real Feel Technology?

Beautiful realism in Tree Classics’ Christmas tree branches.

Real FeelTM Technology is Tree Classics’ innovative solution to give our artificial Christmas trees with superb realism. In this process, our experts gather actual branch cuttings of trees and use them as models for their wide array of products. We also construct the foliage using high quality PE needles. When taken together, this creates the branches and tips on our Christmas trees and wreaths that capture the shape, color and lushness of trees found in evergreen forests.

The realism of our Christmas trees elevates homes to new stylish heights and evokes the serene and much cherished ambiance that’s associated with the holiday season. What’s particularly marvelous with Tree Classics’s Real FeelTM Christmas trees is that you get all the beauty and heartfelt atmosphere of a real tree, without the hassles involved, such as sap, needle shedding and constant disposal.

What are some of Tree Classics’ Real FeelTM Trees?  .

 Our Ontario Spruce Christmas Tree is made using our Real Feel Technology.

One delightful product that has our Real FeelTM Technology is the Ontario Spruce Christmas Tree. Inspired by the white spruce commonly seen in Southern Ontario, this tree has one of the finest PE needles in the market, producing a level of realism that’s simply breathtaking. Looking at the needles, you’ll notice the similarity in color and texture much like its inspiration.

Our Monticello Regency Fir has branches that resemble its inspiration.

Another product that captures the spirit of the real tree is our Monticello Regency Fir Christmas Tree. With its teardrop shape and abundance of PE needles, this tree looks like the healthiest of fir trees in the middle of a dense forest. Its bountiful appearance will both charm family members and impress guests.

Fill your home with the unmatched beauty and classic appeal of Christmas using Tree Classics Real FeelTM technology. View our wide selection of products to find the perfect tree for your home and holiday celebrations.

How to Decorate All Year Round with Artificial Wreaths and Garlands

Artificial wreaths and garlands are timeless decorating staples for any home. They’re easy to use, elegant even without any additional accents, and complement various styles. Most people assume that these wonderful items can only be used as Christmas decorations, but what they don’t know is that they can be displayed year round. Learn how to use these smart and stylish ornamental pieces with this decorating guide from the Tree Classics blog.

A bare wall with a Christmas wreath.

 

Artificial Wreath Decorating Ideas

One idea is to place a wreath against a bare white wall. The foliage is often stunning enough on its own. It’s a great idea to take advantage of the natural contrast. Let the verdure and its vibrant green color bring an animated spirit to your space. If you want a little more character, add an earth-toned bow or even a colorful ornament.

A wreath paired with candles and potted plants.

You can also combine your wreath with other foliage products. Pairing your wreath with a green swag and simple tabletop trees can create a display that’s brimming with life. You can also include a candle or even a plant in a different hue. This design idea is particularly recommended for stuffy rooms that need a fresh atmosphere.

Countryside Christmas Wreath

Of course, there are also several Christmas wreaths out there that can be used for other seasons. Tree Classics’ Countryside Christmas Artificial Wreath features orange pine cones, berries, acorns, and twig balls that can easily go well with an autumn theme. This quaint and beautiful wreath can complement pumpkins, gourds, autumn leaves, and various fall candles. Place this on your mantel, or hang it on your door for a hint of rustic elegance.

Artificial Garland Decorating Ideas

A mantel with a nature inspired garland theme.

Garlands can be used for various times of the year. Consider creating a display inspired by nature in your mantel. Pairing a simple but beautiful garland, such as our Classic Fraser Fir, with a couple more plants of different varieties, adorned with silver decor, animal figurines and a captivating oil painting, can create a showcase that calls to mind the beauty of the outdoors.

A staircase decorated with beautiful artificial garlands.

Garlands with ribbons can also be used to highlight your staircase. This quick addition will turn your steps into a magnificent showpiece.

An autumn-inspired garland theme.

You can also hang your garland on the mantel and embellish it with real oranges and lemons. Simple yet sophisticated, this design ideas uses color with a zest. Even without an elaborate theme and various accents, you’ll be guaranteed a display that matches the ecstatic hues found outdoors.

Eager to decorate with foliage no matter the season? Use these beloved holiday items during the whole year and enjoy a gorgeous and lively display for the entire family. Visit Tree Classics for more design inspiration for your home.

7 Delicious Winter Salads to Try at Home

One of the best things to have as a healthful pick-me-up on a gloomy winter day is a fresh salad. These colorful and light dishes are a wonderful way to brighten up your lunches. Best of all, unlike other types of food, salads won’t bog you down and make you feel sluggish especially during the cold season. Here are seven delicious recipes you can enjoy at home to help you feel energized!

Holiday Salad with Cranberry, Apple, and Orange Vinaigrette

This holiday salad features a delicious and zesty cranberry, apple and orange vinaigrette Photo from Oh She Glows

Combine the pleasing zests of autumn and winter in a single dish with this holiday salad from Oh She Glows. This appetizing recipe features luscious cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and crisp apple and pear slices. The wonderful array of complementary ingredients is made tangier by an amazing dressing stewed to perfection using fresh fruits.

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Kids will absolutely love this sweet and fruity orange and pomegranate salad

This wonderful recipe from Brooklyn Supper features crunchy greens and a colorful selection of citrus fruits. A wonderful mixture of sweet, sour, and bitter, this healthful dish is guaranteed to delight – either as lunch or supper – when you’re watching the calories. This is especially perfect with a chilled bottle of white wine.

Roasted Carrot and Leek Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This salad from Peachy Palate features a yummy array of bright and tasty vegetables Photo from Peachy Palate

A favorite among those who like their salads to be on the sweet side, this recipe from Peachy Palate features carrots and leeks tossed in a huge dollop of maple syrup. It is then topped with pecans and cranberries. Kids will certainly have a change of heart when it comes to vegetables after trying this amazing and irresistible dish.

Sweet Potato and Spinach Salad

Enjoy a savory dish with this sweet potato and spinach salad Photo from Ang Sarap

This sweet potato and spinach salad from Ang Sarap is another treat for those with a sweet tooth. What’s particularly wonderful about this dish is how the spinach and hard-boiled eggs contrast beautifully with the soft sweet potato, creating a full profile of flavors and textures. This is especially great with grilled and smoky food choices.

Winter Green Salad with Walnuts, Apples, and Parmesan Anchovy Dressing

This mouthwatering salad from Serious Eats features parmesan cheese, giving it a classic Italian touch. The dish also comes with an anchovy dressing that instantly reminds foodies of the sweet-salty flavors of the sea.

Winter Pumpkin Millet Salad

Bring countryside flavors to your dining table with this winter pumpkin millet salad from Green Kitchen Stories. This dish includes butternut squash, sliced avocados, grapes, and romanesco broccoli, a delicious mixture that will win anyone over. It also features raw millet, a grainy seed that gives the recipe an irresistible earthy taste.

White Bean Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

This white bean salad features a lovely blood orange dressing Photo from Jilly Inspired

A lovely treat courtesy of Jilly Inspired, this recipe features crunchy white beans, zesty tomatoes, and delectable artichoke hearts. The true star of this dish, however, is the luscious blood orange dressing and bitter parsley leaves.

Enjoy light and delicious flavors that provide a healthful pick-me-up this winter season with these astounding salad recommendations from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

Photo by Renee S. Suen via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

How to Clean and Store an Artificial Christmas Tree

One of the best things about owning an artificial Christmas tree is the fact that you can use it again for years. But in order for it to remain as beautiful and lush as when you first bought it, you have to take proper care of it especially when you’re about to store it. Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to clean and store your artificial Christmas tree once your yuletide celebrations have come to an end.

1. Remove all your Christmas ornaments first. Make sure that they are: categorized according to type; wrapped in tissue paper; stored in an airtight plastic container. Place these in a cool and dry location, away from sunlight and heat sources. You can learn creative ideas for storing Christmas decorations from our practical guide.

make sure you disconnect all your Christmas lights

2. Next, take down all of the lights and separate all connections. Untangle the lines and store them in a safe location. Tree Classics has also created an easy step-by-step guide on how to store Christmas lights.

3. While the tree is still standing upright, get your vacuum, plug it in, and place it on medium speed. Gently sweep the branches and trunks. You may need to mildly move some of the branches to get to the deeper parts. Be careful when you do so.

4. Make a mixture of warm water and soap. Dip a clean towel in the soap solution. Softly wipe the branches. WARNING: Do not dab prelit trees with a wet cloth. Use a dry and clean rag instead.

straighten our your branches after you vacuum them

5. Now is the perfect time to start disassembling your tree. Unfluff the branches and make sure that all of the branches are facing one direction. Flatten the foliage using your hands. Separate the sections afterwards.

Store your tree in Tree Classics' Extra Large Tree Dolly

6. Once everything has been taken down, store your tree in its original box. These boxes are sturdy enough to protect your tree from any bumps while it is in storage. You can also purchase our Extra Large Tree Dolly, which can store artificial Christmas trees that are up to 9 feet tall. It is made of durable red polyester fabric, promising years of protection for your holiday centerpiece.

7. Store your tree in a dry and cool location far from direct sunlight and vents. The most ideal location is the closet.

Follow this easy and helpful guide from the Tree Classics blog to keep your tree beautiful for years to come!

Photo Credits

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

How to Store Christmas Lights

The Christmas season is over. It’s time to put those festive lights in storage. Learn how to store Christmas lights with this easy and informative step-by-step guide from the Tree Classics blog to make sure their bulbs, plugs, and strings won’t get damaged.

remove your lights once the holiday is over

1. Unplug Your Christmas Lights

If you have several strings connected to each other, make sure to separate them. Then, carefully remove your lights from your tree and lay them on a smooth surface. Make sure to do this in an area without any foot traffic. It’s also a good idea to do an inventory. Get your mobile phone, tablet, or good ol’ notebook and pen, and start listing down the number and type of Christmas lights you have. This list may come in handy during the next Christmas season.

2. Untangle Your Christmas Lights

untangle your Christmas lights before packing them

Often, in the process of installing and removing lights, some of the strands can get tangled. Straighten out the lines and make sure everything is in order. Afterwards, plug the strands one by one and check if they’re all working. If some of them are damaged, replace the bulbs or fuses. If they can’t be fixed or replaced piece by piece, consider purchasing a new set of lights.

3. Choose a Storage Option that’s Best for You

There are various storage options you can choose from. Here are a number of the best ones:

  • Cardboard Light Holder – This technique makes use of old cardboards. Just cut some large piece into a rectangle around 12 x 6 inches. Afterwards, cut a notch on one side. Insert the string through the slit and wrap the lights around the cardboard. Once you’ve reached the end of the line, make another notch. Attach the end of the cord in that second hole. Cover the piece entirely in bubble wrap and seal it inside a plastic container or a large box. This will keep your lights secure during the off-season.
  • Zip-Loc Holder – Wrap your string of lights around your palm. Once the string runs out, plug the male end of the cord into the female end. Slip the lights out of your hands and place it inside a Ziploc bag. Keep the bag upright in a spacious corner or inside a plastic container. This will ensure that the bulbs and strings are protected.

use hangers to store your Christmas lights

  • Hanger Holder – This nifty trick makes use of a normal clothes hanger. It’s fairly simple. All one has to do is to wrap the lights from one end to the other and lock the male and female cord at the hooks found at the two ends of the hanger. Afterwards, you can hang it inside your closet where they will be safe until next Christmas.

4. Place Your Christmas Lights in a Safe Location

Place your lights in a cool but dry location far from sunlight or any sources of heat, such as vents. Keep them at the top of your closets or cabinets. Make sure they can’t be reached by children or pets and that they won’t fall.

With this handy and helpful guide from Tree Classics, homeowners everywhere can rest assured that all of their Christmas lights are safe during the off-season.

Photo Credits

Photo by Thompson Wood via Flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0.

Photo by Matt Northam via Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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