Things to Know Before Buying a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

It’s just under a week until it’s officially December. This means that the festive fun can properly begin, and we have no doubt that people will get be putting their Christmas decorations up over the weekend and throughout the cosy winter evenings next week. When it comes to decorating your home, each person will have an individual flare as to how they want their homes to look for the festive season, however one staple piece of decoration is the Christmas tree. Long before Christmas became associated with Christianity, Christmas trees existed as a Pagan tradition. According to historians, the tradition dates as far back as ancient Rome, and were used to encourage people to decorate their homes with branches and evergreen plants throughout the winter solstice. This was done as a way to remind people about the spring that was about to come, in addition to bringing life and colour into the home during dull winters. Additionally, most people believed that evergreens would keep away negativity, including witches, evil spirits, ghosts and witches. The modern Christmas tree, which we associate with today, is thought to have originated in 16th century Germany. Between 1837- 1901 the notion of a Christmas tree was popularised by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Nowadays, the idea of a Christmas tree conjures up images of elaborate decorations and neatly stacked presents underneath. Whether you choose to buy a real tree, reuse a fake one or go for a non-traditional style of tree, there is still a lot to think about and understand. Here at We Buy Any House, we have compiled our top tips of things to know before buying a Christmas tree.

Start Shopping Early:

No matter how proactive you think you are being, there are people who will have been tree-shopping for longer than you have. It’s a good idea not to wait until the last minute before buying your tree, as broadly speaking, all trees are cut in October and November- so from those months the idea of shopping for Christmas trees become popular. Choosing your tree early means there is a wider choice, and you can begin caring for your tree in order to get it to look the best before Christmas.

Measure the Space:

Before you go and buy a tree, it’s important to decide where abouts you want it to go in your home. Then, measure the space to see how large the area is. Most people are over ambitious in terms of the size of the space and end up with a tree that doesn’t fit the size they’ve left. You don’t want this to happen, as you can end up squashing the shape of the tree and compromise the overall shape.

Know What You Want:

Not all trees are the same, and they come in various shapes, sizes and makes. The type of tree you buy can affect the way it looks, how long it lasts, and the way your home smells. A few tips to look out for include:

  • Balsam first has a scent that is reminiscent of Christmas and will more than likely maintain the smell longer than any other type of tree.
  • If you’re looking for a tree that doesn’t lose needles, the Fraser fir is the perfect tree, and you won’t have to worry about damaging your vacuum.
  • Pollen free Leyland Cypress is good for allergy sufferers, so it won’t cause any irritation to your allergies.
  • If you want to hang ornaments to your tree, then it’s worthwhile buying a noble fir flexible tree.  They have strong branches which can support heavier decorations and will ensure pesky pets and the grabbing hands of children.

Research Fire Safety:

The best way to prevent a fire from starting is to make sure you take care of your Christmas tree. It’s important to water your tree well and be aware of what type of lights you are using. Opting to use LED lights is the better option, as they don’t get hot and are therefore less of a fire hazard.

Consider Your Pets:

If you have a pet that is high energy, perhaps a puppy, you may want to opt for an artificial tree, instead of a real one. Real trees can be a hazard if your pet chews them, as the needles can cause irritation to their mouths and cause them to vomit. An artificial tree will prevent all risks of this happening, while enabling you to still enjoy your Christmas.

Benefits of Buying a Real Tree:

Other than their gorgeous scent and vivid green look, there are plenty of reasons to invest in a real tree. Some benefits include:

  • On average, real trees use 10 times less material and energy than artificial trees.
  • Christmas tree plantations benefit the environment and can provide job opportunities for those who live in rural areas.
  • They are biodegradable and can be recycled if they are put in compost.

This article was written by a quick house sale company We Buy Any House. If you’re wondering “how can I sell my house fast?”, head to the We Buy Any House website for more information relating to all property related enquiries.

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