For the past 10 years, my husband and I have had a real Christmas Tree at home - we've had some interesting experiences like the time we cut off a good foot and a half off the top or gave it a serious trim so would fit into the corner of the room. So when it comes to choosing your families real Christmas Tree for the season we've basically made all of the mistakes so you don't have to and put together our top tips especially as this is one of the things that we make part of our annual advent of activities with the kids that we started when they were just toddlers. So, with so many things to consider ranging from finding the right size, width, and even the right price for your family. If you are a little-lost choosing the right Christmas tree for your family this year, here are some of my top tips for choosing your family’s Christmas tree.
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Know the height of your ceiling
Seems simple doesn't it that before you walk into buy your Christmas Tree, you need to know the height of your ceiling.
Start by measuring the height of your ceiling, then measure the topper you plan to put on top of your tree plus any base you will put it in. Subtract these numbers from the height of the ceiling, and you know what the maximum height your tree can be. Having these numbers will let you know what size trees to look at, so you’re not buying a tree that’s too tall because let's face it - chopping off a good foot and a half of your tree is a little bit of a waste of money.
Pick a place to put your tree
You want to keep your tree away from heat sources such as windows that get a lot of sun, heating vents, radiators, and fireplaces if you can avoid it. Depending on where you put your tree, you may need to move furniture out temporarily, or limit your tree shape to a specific size. Remember that trimming of the back of the tree that I mentioned before... that was because of the furniture in the room not being able to move.
Check the needles
When you are out looking at trees, you will want to make sure that the needles are secure. To test the security of the needles, grab one of the tree branches and gently pull it towards you. If you notice a lot of needles falling off, then it’s time to move along. It’s okay if you end up with a few needles, but you should not have a handful or more.
Bring a tape measure
Wherever you go to buy your Christmas tree, be sure to bring your tape measure. Before you take a tree home, make sure you can fit it in your car - you may need it to go on the roof in which case don't forget your roof ties to keep it in place. You’ll also need to make sure that it will fit in your home, someone may be able to measure it for you, but it might be best to bring your own just in case.
Choosing the right tree
When looking for a tree for your home, look for trees that have shorter needles. These trees will be easier to decorate and will have stronger branches for heavier ornaments. While you don’t want a tree with a lot of holes, these can be perfect for those larger ornaments too. Don't forget to turn the tree around and take a look at it from a distance you want to check that it looks good wherever you see it from in the room.
Make it an event
We have great fun choosing our Christmas Tree each year and as I said it's one of our advent activities that we started when the kids were toddlers - now they are older it has become a bit of a family tradition that in December we head out and choose the tree for the year. Once home we make a real event of decorating it - we serve mince pies and then add our favourite decorations to the tree.
Some are ones we have made like our Salt Dough Decorations from when the children were toddlers, others are natural ornaments that look beautiful on the tree and then there are some that are fun like our Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments that we have added in more recent years.
Picking out a tree for your family doesn’t have to a long or stressful process. If you follow these tips for picking out a tree, you will not only have the perfect Christmas tree, but you will know for sure that it will last until Christmas Day.