Christmas Tree Trends to Look Out for in 2014

Artificial Christmas trees offer homeowners a chance to decorate their homes with evergreens without any hassles. Compared to live Christmas trees, artificial trees retain their nature-inspired beauty no matter how many times you use them. They are also available in various shapes and colors, allowing you to create a different look for your display year after year.

To help you choose the next look for your Christmas tree this season, Tree Classics presents three of the most popular Christmas tree trends for 2014. Make your display stand out by choosing the best Christmas tree decorating style to match your tastes.

The Versatility of Black and White Christmas Trees


White Christmas trees are an excellent choice in creating a whimsical holiday display. The pristine white foliage acts like a blank canvas, highlighting your vibrant Christmas ornaments. This Christmas tree is adorned with pink and blue Christmas balls and stuffed animals that match the overall theme of the room.


On the other hand, black Christmas trees match well with metallic accents. Holiday decorations, such as gold and silver Christmas balls, instantly stand out from the dark foliage. Black Christmas trees also look more dramatic, especially when paired with LED lights. The warm ambiance from the LEDs creates an image of bright stars in a dark winter sky.

The Timeless Look of Gold Christmas Trees


Aside from red and green, gold is another classic color typically associated with Christmas. This metallic color exudes the timeless elegance of the holidays. As an accent, gold can easily make any decoration shine, but as a centerpiece, it can become a breathtaking Christmas display.

The Wintry Charm of Flocked Christmas Trees 


Turn your home into a wintry wonderland by choosing a flocked Christmas tree for your display. Whether you choose a classic evergreen or an immaculate white tree, a flocked Christmas tree can bring an enchanting atmosphere to any room courtesy of simulated snow on the foliage. The frosted tips also complement the warm brilliance of LED lights on Christmas trees.

This Christmas, create the perfect Yuletide display for your home by choosing your favorite Christmas tree design. With these decorating ideas, you can easily bring new life to your family tree season after season.

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

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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

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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.

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DC Central Kitchen

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Holiday Home Decorations with Tinsels

To have a sparkly Christmas home, it’s time to play up your shiny and colorful tinsels. Although these classic ornaments are more associated with tree decorating, as they never fail to enhance the beauty of a Christmas tree, tinsels can blend with practically all kinds of holiday decorations. This post will show you how to snip, hang, pin, and fix your tinsel in a certain way to make it stand out in your home.

Let Your Tinsels Drape on Stairs 


Aside from being a staple Christmas tree decoration, tinsels can be used as fine garlands, too. Create your own festive garland by twisting brightly colored tinsels together. Embellish your DIY garland with berries, baubles, or any ornaments of your choice then frame it around your main door. If your garland is too long, you can cut the excess or let it drape just like on this banister.

Create a Charming Welcome using Tinsels 


When it comes to pairing decorations together, always remember that wreaths are your garland’s best friend. If you’re going for a tinsel holiday garland on your door, you can spruce it up more by adding a tinsel wreath as well. Try embellishing your wreath with glittered bells, pine cones, and ribbons to make it look festive and unique. This eye-catching pair is sure to marvel your holiday guests.

Turn Your Tinsels into Bottled Tufts 


For another delightful tinsel display, fill three clear jars with tufts of colored tinsels. Throw in some baubles to recreate the look of tuft in a bottle then put you jars on corner or center table. You also have the option to arrange your tinsel pom-poms on a tray with some pine cones, berries, and a decorative candle.

Hang Your Tinsels for a Sparkling Highlight


Long strips of shiny, colorful tinsels in the archway will surely delight your family and guests. To achieve this curtain-inspired décor, pin one end of each tinsel strip on the arch that separates two rooms, usually the living and dining rooms. Whether you let the tinsel strands hang loose or make swags under the arch, this will surely create a festive ambiance.

Tinsels, though seemingly trivial, are an important aspect of holiday decorating. Their shiny texture can animate even the simplest home décor, which is why a Christmas home doesn’t seem like one without it. You can write your thoughts on tinsel decorating in the box below.

How to Pick an Outdoor Christmas Tree

Family reunions, delicious home-cooked dinner, children with their presents, and a beautiful Christmas tree all describe a perfect holiday. The last is, in fact, already a telling sign of heartwarming celebrations in the offing. That explains why having the perfect tree is more important than any expensive Christmas décor. However, picking the right tree for your home entails a great deal of planning, especially if you’re visualizing an outdoor Christmas tree. The following steps will guide you in your search for the ideal outdoor holiday tree.

Plan the location of your tree

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Make a festive and welcoming entryway for your home by Adding an outdoor Christmas tree to your front porch.

Before you can actually buy an outdoor Christmas tree, you have to know first where to put it. You may want to consider the porch where everybody can see its cheerful, illuminating branches, or highlight its beauty in the patio where it can be a favorite table topic during outdoor family dinners. To make this step really easy, try identifying a single area outside your house where you love to spend long hours with people that matter to you.

Measure the space intended for the tree

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Measure the area for your outdoor display so you can purchase the ideal size of Christmas tree.

If you’re placing your Christmas tree in a roofed porch, measure the distance between the floor and ceiling to have an idea of how tall the tree should be. You also need to get the square footage of the exact area intended for the tree. By doing so, finding a tree that is neither too small nor too big shall come effortlessly.

Check the base and foliage of the tree

Classic Fraser Fir

The high quality flame-proof material of Tree Classics’ Classic Fraser Fir makes it an ideal Christmas tree for your outdoors.

As you start your Christmas tree shopping, check the key features of every potential candidate in your list. An outdoor tree must have a sturdy base that will prevent it from tipping over, or being blown away by the wind.

Also take some time to meticulously check the foliage of each tree, as the best outdoor Christmas trees on the market have PVC branches. Such branches don’t break easily even if you hang big ornaments on them. In addition to having durable branches, the color and shape of the tree’s needles should blend with the plants in your surroundings. Remember, it’s going to be the central décor outside your home, so it should appear as one with nature.

Pick a tree with UL listed lights

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When buying a pre-lit Christmas tree for your porch or patio, make sure that the lights are UL-approved for outdoor use.

Most trees on the market come pre-lit with lights that have been tested and certified by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). If you’re opting for an unlit Christmas tree and stringing the lights yourself, check the UL ratings of your lighting system. Make sure that it is listed for wet locations, for your tree is subject to rain and snow. Doing so will ensure the safety of your family and home.

With this helpful guide, picking an outdoor Christmas tree that is perfect for your home should be quick and easy. If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to write them in the box below.

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 Turn Random Objects into Instant Christmas Ornaments

The holiday season is the perfect reason to brighten up your abode with greenery and a variety of decorations. With the Christmas tree as its centerpiece, your home is a place of warmth and radiance. But contrary to what others think, you don’t really need to break the bank to complete an ornament collection for your tree. With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can transform ordinary objects into timeless ornaments that can add a charming touch to your home. So bring out your trinkets and treasures and get inspiration from these ideas by Tree Classics:

Toys

Your children’s old toys from the storage room may contain some real treasures for the holidays. A great way to draw attention, toys adds whimsy to your Christmas tree when combined well, making the centerpiece an incredible sight for your little visitors.

Lego Snowflake Ornament
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Legos. Legos are versatile decorating pieces. By forming shapes and combining colors, you can create accents that appeal not only to children, but also to adults. When hosting a party, why not set up a Lego corner in which guests can create their own ornaments to hang on the tree! By allowing them to participate in decorating, you can make the party more fun and unforgettable.

Puzzle Christmas Wreath
Miniature Puzzle Christmas Wreath

Puzzles. Puzzle pieces make colorful additions to your tree. But even if they only come in a single color, they can still add interest with their quirky shapes. Try taping some puzzle pieces together to form snowflakes or wreaths and let them dangle from the tree.

Trinkets and keychains

Bird Keychain Ornaments
Plush Bird Keychain Ornaments

The more random and colorful your trinkets are, the better the effect on your Christmas tree. These pieces may range from the sophisticated gold toned ones to the most adorable miniature plushies. Throw in some of the keychain souvenirs you bought (or someone bought for you) from past trips. Not only do they add character to your tree, but they also make great conversation starters for your guests.

Bracelets, pendants and earrings

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Stylish Bracelets as Christmas Tree Ornaments

Bracelets come in a variety of designs ranging from the most loud and colorful to the most subdued and luminescent. They are a fantastic choice for Christmas ornaments because they don’t need a string to be hanged on the tree. If you have a collection of bracelets, select the pieces that will stand out against the color of the Christmas tree. Black or dark green trees are a great backdrop for metallic and light-colored jewels, while white trees look stunning with luminous or pastel-colored bracelets.

Earring Ornaments
Adorable Earring Ornaments

The stunning quality and intricate craftsmanship that make up pendants and earrings make them beautiful adornments for the holidays. Lend your favorite accessories for the Christmas season to enrich the charisma of your tree.

Wine Cork Holiday Ornaments
Wine Corks as Versatile Holiday Ornaments

Wine corks can be turned into a lot of nifty things. They make excellent raw materials for unique and remarkable ornaments, which you can add to your Christmas display. Just string some beads onto a small piece of wire and tack it into the cork, or simply tape the wine corks together to form a snowflake. You can also make angel ornaments out of corks with ribbons, laces and cords.

Pearl necklaces

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Necklaces as Fashionable Christmas Tree Décor

Pearl necklaces lend a fashionable touch to your tree when used as a garland or an ornament. You can either drape each of the necklaces throughout the tree, or wrap them around it after linking them all together. You will never go wrong with adding a touch of elegance with pearls because of the radiant quality and timeless appeal they bring to your greenery.

Button pins

Button pins are colorful accents, and can be easily added or pinned to your Christmas tree’s tips and branches. Some pins and badges come with unique statements that you can use to add personality to your tree. Some are made with colorful printed fabrics, while some display interesting icons or symbols. Different types of button pins can add color, texture and character to your holiday display this Yuletide season.

These are just some of the objects you can find at home every day and turn into Christmas ornaments. Let these ideas inspire you to be resourceful in order to decorate your Christmas tree economically and creatively.

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First for Women Holiday Giveaway:
Win a Tree Classics Grand Fir Christmas Tree and Wreath Set

It’s never too early to start celebrating the holidays. At Tree Classics, the countdown to another wonderful season begins with an early Christmas gift for you!

Our friends from First for Women, the third bestselling magazine in America, will be giving away our beloved 7.5-foot Grand Fir Christmas Tree with Clear Lights and Grand Fir Wreath to one lucky winner.

Tree Classics Grand Fir Christmas Tree First for Women Giveaway

The Grand Fir, also known as the Abies grandis, brightens any corner of the home with a festive holiday touch. Our artificial tree features an abundant profile while our wreath boasts a rich crown, symbolizing the bounteous season.

To enter, visit First for Women’s website. You can enter every day until December 1, 2014.

How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree with Beautiful
Wreaths and Garlands

Christmas tree decorating is a fun and worthwhile activity that families look forward to every year. In this time-honored holiday tradition, members of the family help each other in taking out their Christmas tree from storage and adorning it with classic and personalized Christmas ornaments, such as baubles, icicles, and tinsels. These colorful accents are then complemented using a holiday wreath and garland to bring out the full majestic appeal of the Christmas display.

In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, we present five helpful tips on how to decorate your Christmas tree using garlands and wreaths. By pairing your tree with other holiday accents, you can create a more festive and memorable Yuletide display that your family and friends will surely love.

Come Up with a Theme for Your Christmas Tree

Tree Classics' Alpine White Christmas Tree

The foliage of a white Christmas tree makes for an excellent canvas to highlight colorful holiday ornaments.

Decorating your Christmas tree with wreaths and garlands is easy especially if you have a specific theme in mind. For instance, you can go for a wintry décor with your immaculate, white Christmas tree. You can also come up with bright colors that you can play with to highlight the white foliage of the tree. Christmas ornaments in pink, blue, gold, and silver colors are just some accents you can consider.

Once you have established a clear picture of the tree that you want, gather the necessary ornaments and start decorating your tree. You can then add a wreath and garland to tie up the different elements you used on your tree.

Match the Size of Your Garland with Your Christmas Tree

Garlands are meant to enhance the lush beauty of your Christmas tree. However, if you choose the wrong size, you garland might take away the attention from your tree. To make sure that the focus is kept on your tree, see to it that the length of your garland matches its height. The standard nine-foot-long garland, for example, will go well with a 3-foot Christmas tree but will look awkward on a 6-foot tree. To know exactly how much garland should be draped on your tree, multiply your tree’s height with the standard length of commercial garlands.

Try Combining Two Primary Colors for Your Theme

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Make holiday evergreens more vibrant by adding gold and silver embellishment.

Colors add texture to your tree and make it look natural, so you may want to consider a two-toned garland and wreath for your display. A subtle green shade, for instance, is a perfect match to light gold. Just don’t use too much color combinations, or your décor could end up suffering extremes of light and dark tones.

When Decorating Your Tree, Always Start from the Top

Keep your garland safely in place by attaching one end on the topmost branch of your Christmas tree. Continue wrapping the tree with your garland until you reach the bottom. Make sure that the garland is not wrapped too tightly to avoid damaging the foliage of the tree. Keep in mind that the branches should be able to hang down freely as your garland to maintain a free and airy look to your Christmas tree.

Make Sure to Fuse All Elements Together

Aside from their colors, the design and materials of your Christmas tree, garland, and wreath should also blend in harmony.

Imagine a house with a beautiful, white tree adorned with clear, crystal ornaments and a pink tulle garland. As you glance at the fireplace, you see an elaborate, dark fuchsia, velvet wreath hanging above the fireplace. Wouldn’t you find the wreath inappropriate in a roomful of ornaments exuding tranquility? A snow-inspired wreath would have worked better in this arrangement.

You know that you’ve successfully merged the design elements of your tree, garland, and wreath once you see all three as a single holiday decor; when one cannot exist without the other.

By using a little creativity with the right elements for your holiday décor, you can create a Yuletide display worthy of remembrance. For any ideas or suggestions on how to decorate a Christmas tree, feel free to write in the box below.

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 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.

Foyer

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.