December 9th 2009

How to choose the perfect Christmas tree

With so many to choose from, it’s hard to decide what’s best for you. We’ve narrowed it down to the top contenders in real Christmas tree choices, making it the perfect how-to guide for your holiday decorating.

Fraser Fir

Unlike most real trees, the Fraser fir is a forerunner in holding its needles. It also has a unique beauty, carrying silver lines on each needle that shine in the light. The branches are stiff, full, and a deep green. Not into the real thing? No problem – you can always choose a Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree with Clear Lights that you can use year after year.

Balsam Fir

Like the Fraser, the Balsam fir boasts sturdy, broad branches, too. This tree is the epitome of the characteristic Christmas small, with deep green and soft  foliage. It has the same silver lining, but weak to the touch – so be sure to be prepared for a showering of needles if you give it a ruffle. If the Christmas smell is what you are after, we love Courtney’s Fragrance Lamp Oils in Smell of Christmas.

Douglas Fir

With longer needles than other fir trees, this bluish tree has a wonderful citrus-inspired aroma. A perfect choice, too, for most folks as its non-allergenic. And you can match the rest of your home with Prelit Douglas Fir Artificial Christmas Garland .

Scotch and White Pine

A Scotch pine can last a long time, but like the Balsam fir, can easily fall apart. It has blue-green needles that are prickly, so pets and children should be careful.  The White pine has the same appearance, but isn’t prickly – unfortunately, it’s also far more delicate. If you get one, we recommend a Dyson Handheld Vacuum Cleaner to go along with it.

White Spruce

Spruce trees aren’t as bushy, so ornaments can  be displayed with ease. They have short needles, carry a blue-green colour, and are stiff and prickly. They only last about ten days, so be sure to pick this one up right before Christmas.

Image courtesy of firtrees.com

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.