Heartwarming Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.

old-2066_640The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.

The Wessler Christmas Tree

While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.

After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.

In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.

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The Oldest Christmas Tree

Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.

For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.

Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.

We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?

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.

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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.

Joy to the Tree: A Tree Classics Photo Contest

To celebrate Christmas with our fans, we’re hosting a Christmas tree photo contest in which 10 participants will win a gorgeous Tree Classics wreath! We work hard to make our trees everything you need them to be, but we want to see how you put on the finishing touches to ensure it’s absolutely perfect for your family. Continue reading

LED Lights vs. Fiber Optic Christmas Trees

A Comprehensive Pro and Con List Between LED and Fiber Optic Trees

The most important decorative feature of your Christmas tree is, of course, the lights. As more advanced and environmentally-friendly models emerge, choosing the right kind of lights becomes an increasingly difficult decision. One trendy option is to forego traditional string lights all together with a fiber optic Christmas tree, which gives your tree a unique, cutting edge look that separates it from more typical designs – but fiber optic trees have their downsides as well. Continue reading

Best Times to Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree

3 Ways to Save Money on your Tree

The beauty of an artificial tree lasts from season to season, and investing in a high-quality tree will put smiles on your loved ones’ faces for years to come. And unlike real trees, you can purchase artificial trees year-round to better meet your family’s budget needs. For extra savings on a top-notch tree that will last through the years, consider doing some holiday shopping during the following sale times. Continue reading

Get the Real Pine Scent with an Artificial Christmas Tree

Fill Your Home with the Smell of Christmas

Get the Fresh Pine Scent with an Artificial TreeYou’re facing a holiday dilemma: You want that enchanting evergreen smell in your home, but you don’t want to deal with the hassle of needle shedding and decay. Don’t stress. Contrary to popular belief, you can still enjoy the convenience and beauty of an artificial Christmas tree and make your entire home holiday-ready for all of the senses. These simple home additions will give you the best of both worlds, so you can keep the spirit of Christmas in the air. Continue reading

Get that Full Christmas Tree Look with Your Artificial Tree

Perhaps this is the first year you’ve chosen an artificial Christmas tree. But whether you’ve chosen this route in an effort to trim your decorating budget or you simply believe an artificial tree works as well for them as a freshly cut tree, you may find that artificial trees have come a long way and look very realistic. However, you may rationally know that your tree looks fine and full, but you still feel like it may need extra attention and adornment to get it just right. 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

A Step-by-Step Guide for Flocking Your Christmas Tree

Flock Your Christmas Tree

“Flocking” is a relatively new technique that gives your Christmas tree that sparkling winter wonderland glow. As a general term, to flock means to apply a downy, raised texture to something. However, when applying the term to Christmas trees, it means to apply a certain compound designed specifically to resemble snow. The result is a more natural look that gives your home an extra artistic edge. If you have an artificial Christmas tree, flocking can be a great activity for creating an even more realistic look. To add this gorgeous touch, simply apply the following steps.

1. Mix Together Ingredients

To create the light, airy look of snow, you can mix together starch and snowflakes for a bright white, frosty accent that really captures the essence of a fresh winter snowfall. You’ll need to combine 2/3 cup of starch with two cups of soap flakes and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl. This will add the perfect balance of soft, powdery texture with delicate flakes. Mix in 2-4 tablespoons of water one tablespoon at a time. Stop when the mixture begins to develop a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in a drop of blue food coloring at a time until the mixture features a glistening hue of light blue with the white.

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