Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Energy-efficient Christmas Trees

The warm radiance from a pre-lit Christmas tree is just what you need to make your home cozier and more relaxing in the cold winter evening.

But many home owners presume using pre-lit decorations would double their household electricity consumption. What’s the best way to enjoy the beauty and convenience of pre-lit holiday decorations without racking up your electricity bill? Tree Classics has the answer!

Safety and energy-efficiency should always be considered first. To help you find the ideal pre-lit décor to suit your holiday home, Tree Classics offers practical options that will not only give your space a heartwarming appeal but will offer you a safe and power-saving choice as well.

Power-saving LED Christmas Lights

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In choosing a lit holiday tree for your home, opt for one that has LED bulbs instead of regular lights for their energy-saving potential. These innovative bulbs are specifically designed to consume less power and have a longer lifespan compared to ordinary Christmas lights. LEDs are also made from non-toxic materials and produce less heat, making them safer to use as decorations on artificial Christmas trees.

Clear and Colored Christmas Lights in One

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Another feature people look for in power-saving pre-lit Christmas decorations is the color variation of the lights. It is important to choose a ready combination of clear and colored lights that can easily match different styles. The hassle-free combination will eliminate the need for stringing two kinds of lights. Having color-changing lights not only provides you with a versatile decorating option, but also lets you save money when using different light sets.

Tree Classics® Signature Color Changing LED Lights 

Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree

Tree Classics, the leading producer of high-quality artificial Christmas trees, has come up with a line of decorative trees that feature the latest LED lighting system. With their bulbs expertly strung together, these holiday trees are sure to create an excellent highlight for your home. They are also designed with Tree Classics Color Changing LED, which lets you have clear and multi-color lights all in one Christmas tree.

Choose from our collection of energy-saving and color-changing pre-lit Christmas trees, such as the Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas tree and St. Charles Spruce. You now have the choice of having warm clear lights or festive colorful lights much like a rainbow on your favorite holiday tree.

What’s the best way to enjoy the holidays? By using energy-efficient, hassle-free Christmas trees made beautifully by Tree Classics!

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Lovely Christmas Wreath Decorating Ideas

One classic holiday piece that beautifully fills homes with the spirit of the yuletide season is the Christmas wreath. It dons the same beautiful foliage of the Christmas tree in a more compact size. Here are several Christmas wreath decorating ideas that will infuse your home with the charm of the most awaited time of the year.

Creating a Festive Welcome with a Christmas Wreath

hanging a wreath on your door tells everyone that your home is ready for the holidays

Wreaths are always excellent additions to a front door. Hanging one in your entryway is the first step to creating a holiday home. It also announces to the entire neighborhood that you’re all set for Christmas. Make sure to choose a wreath that would pleasantly echo your indoor décor pieces.

Setting a Joyous Tone Using Christmas Wreaths with Large Ornaments

a wreath on a mantel is a wonderful way to fill your room with glee
Rustic Family Room by Gettysburg Media & Bloggers Mustard Seed Interiors

Most people are under the impression that the Christmas tree sets the theme of the entire home. A wreath can also perform that impressive function. Placing a lovely wreath adorned with large ornaments on your mantel creates a striking statement of joy and splendor. Pairing this with several more pieces, such as snowflakes, Christmas socks, or even a small tabletop tree can enrich that statement and highlight your decorative theme even more.

Bringing Wintry Charm into Your Home with a Snow-kissed Wreath

Tree Classics' Oakland Hills Christmas Wreath

One of the most wonderful things you can do to your space is to fill it with the exquisite and remarkable beauty of the winter landscape. Tree Classics’ Oakland Hill Christmas Wreath does just that. The lush gray-green foliage of this piece is dusted with crisp white snow that calls to mind the powdery forests found in mountainsides. It also comes with pine cones that provide a countryside quality to any space. Place this on your coffee table or on top of your mantel. Pair this with a flocked evergreen or a white tree with silver snowflake ornaments to fully complement this superb wreath.

Adding Regal Charm Using Christmas Wreaths with a Touch of Gold

Tree Classics' Golden Treasures Christmas Wreath

Another marvelous idea is to give your room a hint of royal elegance this holiday season. This kind of resplendence is found in the color gold made prominent in Tree Classics’ Golden Treasure Christmas Wreath. This wonderful decorative item features the classic evergreen foliage that everyone adores. It is further made beautiful by the presence of ornaments, leaves, pine cones, and a ribbon in a gold shade. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, this artificial wreath provides a dimension of magnificence to any home. Place this near bright clear Christmas lights to make the piece sparkle during those winter nights.

Giving a Festive Touch Using Christmas Wreaths in Classic Holiday Colors

Tree Classics' Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath

Creating a red and green holiday theme is always a timeless and safe decorative approach. You can elevate this time-honored and well-loved theme even more by adding Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath. The green needles and gold ornaments found in the piece create a splendid atmosphere, while the red flowers add a touch of drama that evokes our feelings about the season. Family members can’t help but fall in love and adore this artificial wreath.

Inviting the Quiet Charm of the Holidays Using Minimalist Christmas Wreaths

Hang a marvelous wreath in your kitchen to give it a touch of Christmas appeal

A simple evergreen wreath with a dainty ribbon hanging on a glass window brings in the cheerful atmosphere associated with Christmas. You can further complement this by making a few changes in your space. In the photo above, the plaid tablecloth on the kitchen nook beautifully echoes the pink shade of the ribbon, creating a yuletide pleasantry to an otherwise plain space.

Create a gorgeous holiday home with these sophisticated Christmas wreath ideas 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.

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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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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
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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.

Featured Tree Classics Product: Ontario Spruce with LED Lights

Cozy up to the Perfect Christmas with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics

treeThe crisp winter air, cozy holiday baking and rumors of chilly weather that offer the chance to wear your favorite winter sweaters. These are things that make you love the Christmas season. And at the center of it all is the classic silhouette of your Christmas tree. Make your holiday icon one to remember (and last) with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics.

Inspired by the white spruce that grows in southern Ontario, this lush tree features Real-Feel needles on the outside and classic PVC needles on the inside. That combination creates a flowing, natural exterior with a sturdy frame that’s built to last.

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Featured Tree Classics Product: Arctic White Pine Tree

The Arctic White Pine Tree

arcticwhitepineChristmas isn’t Christmas until you have the perfect tree. From the top to the bottom branch, your holiday tree should be as magical as you imagined.

The Arctic White Pine Tree from Tree Classics manifests the holiday postcard in your head into a beautiful centerpiece for your home. Christmas perfection – realized.

Because it’s white, you get the full snowy forest effect. Added bonus: the faux snow hue adds even more luster to your Christmas tree lights.

In addition to being postcard pretty, the tree is sturdy enough to showcase your favorite ornaments. And you can put them front and center, thanks to the PVC needle tips and spacing that helps keep the décor in place. Continue reading

And the Tree Classics Scavenger Hunt Winner Is…

Last month, Tree Classics launched the “Christmas Legacy Scavenger Hunt,” where a Royal Rockwell Fir Tree was up for grabs. We kicked off the contest by asking the first question, “What’s the tallest a Tree Classics’ Classic Noble Fir Tree can be?” (the answer is 12).

The mechanics were very simple: the first one to answer all of the questions correctly, wins. One eager fan prevailed as the 2012 winner of Tree Classics’ Christmas Legacy Scavenger Hunt, and the lucky participant is none other than (drumroll please!)… Continue reading

A Timeless Favorite: Classic Fraser Fir

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree…

The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.

Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.

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Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine

There’s nothing more magical than snow falling and transforming the outdoors into a shimmering, enchanting scene. Kids and adults alike can’t help but press their noses on the window pane to take a closer look at this winter wonderland.

It is only fitting that winter also heralds the coming of a magical holiday. Winter creates the best setting for the Christmas season, which is all about warmth – from the steaming hot chocolate and pot roast to the cozy gatherings brimming with love. With the beautiful landscape and the chilly weather, you can’t help but find joy in everything around you and want to give everyone a hug. Continue reading