Christmas is a wonderful time of year and people all across the globe look forward to the holidays, when they will be able to put their Christmas trees out on display. If you are not yet a seasoned Christmas tree set-up pro, then the tips in this article should help to make placing and setting up your tree a little easier.
Before You Buy
For the best results I would strongly recommend that you consider where you would like to place your artificial Christmas tree before you actually buy one. Knowing exactly where you want your tree to go will help you to determine how tall and wide the tree itself should be. You definitely don’t want a situation where you select and purchase an awesome tree only to find out that it is too tall to fit in the place where you want to put it! To avoid this kind of potential disaster you should take the height and width measurements of the space where you intend to put your tree.
Even with the measurements that you get, you will still need to leave a little extra room so that you will have ample space for your tree topper, all the decorations, and the presents under the tree. The room can look cluttered and feel smaller if you try to cram a large Christmas tree into a space that is too small. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with you can consider getting a slim tree like the National Tree 7.5-foot Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree that has a slender body and can fit nicely into tight corners. Slim trees are great secondary trees and they are ideal for use in entryways as well as small corners.
Setting Up Your Tree
Now that you have the perfect place to put your Christmas tree you can start setting it up. Many people like to make setting up and decorating the Christmas tree a yearly tradition that involves all members of the family. If your tree is a hinge tree, which many of them are, then it will most likely come in 2 or 3 sections that you need to put together. Setting up artificial Christmas trees tends to be a lot simpler than setting up live ones, if only for the weight alone.
Once the tree is standing securely on its base the next thing that you want to do is arrange the branches through the process of shaping. This is where you will bend the individual branches on the tree to give it an overall more natural appearance with full coverage. It is best to have the branches turned in a variety of directions as you would find on a live tree, but most of them should be turned upwards at the tips so that you can put your ornaments on without them falling off.
Lights or No?
After you get the desired look and shape of your tree by shaping the branches it is time to add the lights, unless you purchased a pre-lit tree, in which case you would save a lot of the time it would take you to add the lights on your own (or with the help of family members). Pre-lit trees may save you time and allow you to get your tree looking good faster, but they do have the drawback of minimizing the quality family time that can be spent putting lights on the tree. If this is a family tradition that is important to you then you should get a tree without lights for sure. Otherwise, a pre-lit tree is a great time saver!