Choosing the best Christmas Tree
When choosing the best Christmas Tree for your home there’s a few things to consider. The following 5 factors are essential to consider when buying your Christmas tree to ensure the tree fits beautifully into your home or workspace.
Height of your Christmas Tree
Consider the height of your ceilings. A minimum distance between the top of the tree and the ceiling height should be 15cm (1/2 foot). The average ceiling height in Australia is 2.4m and it’s more common to see 3m ceilings in Victorian and Edwardian homes. If you’re unsure the best thing to do is measure your ceiling before you start comparing trees. At My Christmas, the most popular heights are 1.98m (6 1/2 foot) and 2.28m (7 1/2 foot) but our range extends from 1.37m right up to metres.
Width of your Christmas Tree
If your Christmas Tree is going into a corner or against a wall you can save space by leaving out a couple of the branches out of the back of the tree. (All My Christmas trees have hook-on branches which allows you this flexibility. This will not work if the branches are attached to the central pole of your tree.) It’s important to only remove branches from the bottom 2 to 3 rows as you need to ensure you don’t make the tree unbalanced. I have the Monarch which is our widest at 185cm and save about 50-60cm diameter by doing this.
If you have a very narrow space you can choose a slim tree. This allows you to still maintain height, and give you lots of space to decorate, without impacting on your floorspace in the room.
Most popular Slim Tree: Vienna Slim
If children are helping you set up your Christmas Tree, or you have young children at home you may prefer the softer style of needle which is easier for children to manage.
Most popular soft leaf trees: Vienna, Scandia & Monarch with their soft tufted tips which are perfect to the touch for those little helping hands!
Are they realistic?
It’s the most common question I get asked. Particularly from people who have had a real Christmas Tree and are considering buying an artificial tree for the first time. Really, it all boils down to what appeals to you and what Christmas Tree style is going to work with the decorating themes you like and the style of home you have. The Cambridge, Ponderosa and Appalachian are very popular with people who like real Australian Pine Trees. Some people prefer the European styles like the Monarch or Scandia with their finer branches.
Looking at The Cambridge for instance, this realistic artificial Christmas Tree looks and feels like a real tree. It is a deluxe version of our ever popular Oxford Spruce but with more filler branches to create even more coverage. Place twinkling lights into the Cambridge and your tree is complete even if you don’t add decorations. The branches have 4″ cone shaped tips with a narrow lighter colour tip on the end and 2 1/2″ softer cone shaped tips mixed into the tree. Branches are close to the ground. The colour is a darker green with lighter green tips (which give it the realistic finish).
Colour & Style
There’s so many varieties and it all depends on your personal style. The Melbourne Tree (pictured at the top of the page) is one of my personal favourites (perhaps because I designed it myself!). The branches are made of mixed foliage in blue/lighter green and green foliage. The overall styling is to create an open style of tree which allows lots of decorations towards the middle of the tree as well as the outer tips, that can be used to hang decorations. Another popular style (other than standard dark green) is the New Hampshire Blue Frosted with white tips on a light blue/green foliage. Christmas Trees are also white, black or snow tipped. If you come across the term “flocked”, it refers to a tree with heavy “snow” (or flocking) sitting on the branches. (Note, while this can look fabulous it is a bit messy to work with as little bits of flocking will come off during the set up process).