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hbprodirect
12-11-2009, 10:23 PM
Hi, whats the best real type Christmas Tree to buy?

thanks

atnas
12-14-2009, 09:23 PM
The real spruce, growing in a court yard, is the best deal.

markgbarba1987
12-17-2009, 02:33 PM
Artificial ones doesnt really work for me anymore.. The real ones really look nice and they smell good as well. So I'd prefer that.. :tree1:

steph535
12-17-2009, 03:46 PM
it depends on what you like and what you are looking for in a tree. Spruces are gorgeous, but don't retain their needles as long as some others. Do you like long needles? Short needles? There are several good ones to choose from. What kinds are available in your area? My favorites are balsam and frasier fir. Frasier firs retain their needles the best, I think and balsams are the most fragrant and retain their needles quite well, too. Scotch pines are not among my favorites, but they have sturdy branches for hanging heavier ornaments on.

Papa_Christmas
12-18-2009, 12:12 AM
When I lived up North and cut my own tree every year I always liked a Norway or a Blue Spruce never liked long needles for my Christmas Tree.The spruce trees always worked well for all my heavy ornaments.:christmastree:

nyquiyup
12-18-2009, 10:42 AM
:merrychristmas:I bought a prelit 7 footer at Home Depot last year. The lights on the middle section promptly died, so I called the store, and got a replacement. Then another section, and another. I have probably 30 hours into switching bulbs on this drat thing. In the past I had real trees, and I just left the lights on the tree when I threw it out.

My advice is buy one without lights and save yourself some serious foot-stomping temper tantrums in front of young children like my prelit tree has caused.:home:

vijendrasnv
12-22-2009, 02:10 AM
Animated Christmas trees are looking gorgeous but the always need a safety to handle them.Although these ceramics trees are also good.
Thanks.

dees473
06-23-2010, 10:55 PM
I actually just bought an artificial one. It looks as real as any tree you can buy off of the lot. You don't have to worry about a tangle of lights every year. The branches are strong enough to handle larger ornaments. The warranty on it was too good to pass up.

MissSantaClaus
06-24-2010, 02:00 PM
We always have a Nordmann fir. Thats the best ever :) The smell is amazing also the quality. The needles are perfect.

olga
06-24-2010, 03:40 PM
I actually just bought an artificial one. It looks as real as any tree you can buy off of the lot. You don't have to worry about a tangle of lights every year. The branches are strong enough to handle larger ornaments. The warranty on it was too good to pass up.

I bought an artificial tree, (2.50m) last year, excellent quality with hinged branches for easy assembly..
I had payed around 180-200 euros and Im really happy, knowing that this tree will always decorate my home next years... :smitten:

I dont know, for me, artificial trees are convenient..
No shopping for tree, no dragging a wet tree home, no dropped needles all over the house, no worrying about watering the tree etc..

Of course, a disadvanage having an artifical Christmas tree is that I have to assemble it each year, take it apart, and then store it somewhere..
Most Christmas trees come apart in several main pieces - Thank God, mine has 3 pieces..

The only thing I miss about having a real one, is the missing smell of fresh cut pine and pine needles.. :santa:

:merrychristmas:

Mistletoe
09-05-2016, 05:08 PM
I unfortunately am being out-voted and am looking to buy an artificial tree. From what I can discern, I think I want a 6 or 6.5 ft Nordic Spruce (which I can't seem to find). I would like to know what brand and kind people here have found to be their favorite, and if they know of a good company to buy them from. I've seen the 'Real Feel' kind that sounds appealing, but I'm not sure if I'm falling for the hype. :elf2:

ornamentmaven
09-05-2016, 09:53 PM
I have always purchased mine based on price, fullness - yet slimline, 7 foot, prelit with clear lights. I have no idea what kind of tree it is supposed to emulate! I put so many ornaments on it, you can barely see the tree anyway! I will look at the box the next time I am out in the shed!

wstaple
09-06-2016, 02:49 PM
If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, they usually have their trees 50% off the week of Thanksgiving. You might want to go and look at them to see what you like.

chocolatechip1979
09-11-2016, 06:57 PM
We always buy our trees from http://www.balsamhill.com They last forever and there are so may styles to choose from. We have 2 Vermont White Spruce trees. Also when Michaels has their trees up they have great sales on top of coupons you can usually stack. Just to get the fresh tree smell in the air may I recommend Scentsicles. They are scented tree stick ornaments that blend into the tree and smell awesome.

ornamentmaven
09-15-2016, 04:17 PM
I usually use the Scenticles as well. Nothing compares to fresh however!

Mistletoe
10-02-2016, 03:56 PM
I have always purchased mine based on price, fullness - yet slimline, 7 foot, prelit with clear lights. I have no idea what kind of tree it is supposed to emulate! I put so many ornaments on it, you can barely see the tree anyway! I will look at the box the next time I am out in the shed!

I thought the pre-lit aren't worth it, since the strands frequently burn out or malfunction...?

Mistletoe
10-02-2016, 04:01 PM
If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, they usually have their trees 50% off the week of Thanksgiving. You might want to go and look at them to see what you like.

Thanks for the idea, I just found out we do have one near us!

Mistletoe
10-02-2016, 04:26 PM
We always buy our trees from http://www.balsamhill.com They last forever and there are so may styles to choose from. We have 2 Vermont White Spruce trees. Also when Michaels has their trees up they have great sales on top of coupons you can usually stack. Just to get the fresh tree smell in the air may I recommend Scentsicles. They are scented tree stick ornaments that blend into the tree and smell awesome.


I had been admiring the trees at Balsam Hill. I didn't realize how expensive artificial trees were! Have you had your lights malfunction on a pre-lit Balsam Hill tree?
Our Michael's store doesn't sell trees, which is strange, since it's a pretty big store. I see them online, though.
I will try the Scentsicles- thanks for the idea! I am very sad to be going to artificial! :crying:

Mistletoe
10-02-2016, 04:40 PM
I usually use the Scenticles as well. Nothing compares to fresh however!

And I feel the life of the tree, along with the smell... http://www.allthingschristmas.com/forum/images/smilies/sad%20elf.gif Not to mention the whole tradition of going and cutting it down, passing other people on the way home with their trees... I hope I get used to artificial quickly!

ornamentmaven
10-02-2016, 04:57 PM
And I feel the life of the tree, along with the smell... http://www.allthingschristmas.com/forum/images/smilies/sad%20elf.gif Not to mention the whole tradition of going and cutting it down, passing other people on the way home with their trees... I hope I get used to artificial quickly!

Yes - I would prefer to have a live tree, I just find it too cumbersome to handle now! We first got an artificial tree years ago when my husband had surgery in late November and wasn't able to set a real tree up. Then I started developing health issues, so the artificial tree just became SOOOOOOOO much easier. No needle mess, no watering, no lifting issues, no pet issues, no drying out, no "falling down" (we came back from an overnight trip one year to find our tree flat on the floor with many broken keepsake ornaments). It has become increasing difficult to find an artificial tree that is not pre-lit these days. I like the ease of pre-lit, but get frustrated by lights not working.
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