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: 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.

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Celebrating with Tree Classics: 12 Ways to Christmas in July

If you’re eager to celebrate the holiday season with the exuberance of summer, then you’ll love our ideas for Christmas in July! What better way to cherish all the wonderful memories with friends and family than with a get-together that also lets you soak up the sun. Get ready for some midyear cheer. Fluff your Christmas tree, serve up some eggnog, and kick-start the merrymaking with Tree Classics’ 12 ways to Christmas in July!

12 Ways to Christmas in July

Tree Classics Christmas in July: Tips for Caring for Your Christmas Tree

After six months of stashing away your Christmas tree in the attic or basement, it’s time once again to take it out for some much-deserved cleaning and fluffing and celebrate Christmas in July. To help you along, Tree Classics runs down basic steps as you display your beloved tree this summer.

Tree Classics Christmas Tree
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Dust off the Tree

Just like any item stored in a box for months, your Christmas tree may have accumulated dust – and dust often sticks deep within the bristles and branches. Cleaning it can get frustrating. To make things easier, you can either use a handy vacuum or go old school with a whisk broom.

  • Vacuums can be used on newer and sturdier trees. When using one to clean your Christmas tree, make sure that the vacuum is not too powerful for it. Attach an upholstery bristle to your vacuum and test it out first on the base of the tree. If your tree can handle it, go ahead and proceed with the vacuuming. Once you get to the needles and branches, keep the vacuum about an inch away from the tree so that it won’t suck in the foliage.
  • When dusting old and delicate Christmas trees, it is better to use a soft whisk broom. Carefully brush the dust off the tree, paying close attention to the branches and needles. You can also use a damp rag for a more meticulous cleaning of the foliage.
  • For the trunk and larger branches, a bucket of warm water and some mild dish soap will do the trick. Soak a rag in the bucket and start wiping the tree. You can also use shampoo.
  • For pre-lit Christmas trees, avoid using any liquid cleaner to prevent short-circuits.

Check the Detailing

Once you’re through getting rid of all that muck from your tree, the next thing to do is to check all of its parts. Sometimes in our haste to store our tree right after Christmas, we tend to leave out some of its pieces.  We wouldn’t know until the next season when we’re about to take it out again.

  • Familiarize yourself with each part of your Christmas tree when setting it up and disassembling it. Also, keep the manual for the tree handy to have a complete list of its pieces.
  • When working on a pre-lit Christmas tree, double check it for loose connections or busted bulbs before plugging it in.

Ask Help Early

If you find that some parts are missing or that there are damages to your Christmas tree, you should notify your tree company’s customer service right away for parts replacements or appropriate repairs. Inspecting your tree’s condition as early as July will save you from further troubles during the busy holiday season.

More than just being a mere summer holiday, Christmas in July is a convenient reminder of how to properly take care of your beloved Christmas tree. Add this to your family tradition and you can be sure of a happy and stress-free yuletide season.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Check off These Spring Cleaning Tasks to Refresh Your Home for Warmer Weather

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Spring is in the air. Also in the air: a winter’s worth of dust.

Welcome the warmer weather by refreshing your house with these spring cleaning tips.

The Storage Closet

The storage closet – a catch all for the discarded and forgotten. When you organize this space, you’ll bust the dust and add life to your belongings.

One item that can easily get crunched in a storage space is your artificial Christmas tree. Keep your tree in top form and save storage space with a Christmas tree storage bag. You can also organize other Christmas or holiday décor by putting stackable, labeled bins in your storage closet.

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Planning a Holiday Party to Remember

Plan an Unforgettable Holiday Party with These Tips

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Santa’s Helpers: Tree Classics Helps You Decorate

3 Decorating Tips to Make Your Holiday Even Brighter

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