You can buy an artificial tree from 2ft to 10ft in anything from silver to green, green with snow effect, to a white tree.
If you want trees with lights built in they are available. No more untangling 100ft of Christmas tree lights every December.
If you want a fibre-optic tree it is no problem. You can even buy fibre optic Christmas trees that change colour all the time.
It is best to decide what you want before you go to B&Q or wherever else you plan on buying your tree. The choice is mind-boggling. Measure the height of your room so you know that your favourite tree will actually fit in. Remember that larger trees have a bigger spread as well. A good quality 8ft Christmas tree will have a spread of 4-5ft.
You can choose a slimmer tree if room is limited of course. It’s just something to think about.
If you buy a green tree you will find that it is very realistic from across the room. Close-up you can tell it is artificial, but it is worth it because of the lack of hassle and mess. No more bringing it home on top of the car. No more trying to get rid of it on 5th January every year.
Assembling an artificial Christmas tree is child’s play. You will need a small stepladder if you have a large tree. All the branches are colour-coded to fit into colour-coded slots on the trunk. The trunk usually comes in two pieces that just slot together. The biggest pain is spreading out all the compressed leaves and sub-branches to give a natural effect. Your tree does not need to be symmetrical either, you can twist branches this way and that to get a natural and pleasing look.
Taking your tree apart after Christmas is just as easy. It is worth doing it carefully and recompressing all the branches so they will fit back in the box for storage. Tie the branches together in colour-coded bundles to make it easier next year.
If you are debating the environmental impact of an artificial tree it is much less than you might think co pared to ten years of real Christmas trees. Think about the fuel that is used to trim, harvest and transport the real tree to the garden centre. Think about the fuel you use to go drive to pick it up and get rid of it every year for 10 years.
The best time to buy your artificial Christmas tree is either the week before Christmas, or the week after. Discounts of 50% are common immediately before the holiday and 75% discounts are available in January if you need a tree for next Christmas.