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Christmas Project: A Decorative Table Top Christmas Tree

Whilst the traditional Christmas tree is one that sits in a corner and almost reaches the ceiling, it doesn’t have to be. You can put together a smaller decorative tabletop Christmas tree that really looks traditional, yet very different. What’s even better, you can use a real Christmas tree and not a plastic imitation tree.

Pot grown Christmas trees are perfect for this project, and for a table top, you will need to select one of the smaller trees. The Norway Spruce pot grown tree in the 70cm-90cm (2ft4ins-2ft11ins) is ideal and ready right now for delivery. At £29.00 it is well priced as well but stocks are limited so order one in now for immediate delivery. You will also need a brightly coloured bucket to stand the pot in (pots are 25-30cm high); and a range of decorations suitable for a Christmas tree.

Because this is going to be a table top tree, it is best to use smaller decorations rather than large bulky decorations. When it comes to lighting your Christmas tree, you may want to consider the red, blue or clear LED fine wire battery lights. These run from AA batteries rather than mains power, so there are no power cable problems running across the table and/or floor – it also makes the tree very portable should you need to move it. Each string has 20 lights and will cover 95cms – a couple of strings will do nicely in a small decorative table top Christmas tree – perhaps a string each of red and blue. A point to note – wire lights are just that – wires with lights every 5cm. These wires can be bent to any desired shape, perfect for a small tree.

Once you have all of your materials, string the lights first concentrating on the inside rather than the outside.  Once your tree is lit, add your  decorations working from the inside out, and from the bottom up. Try to keep a balanced look, however, be imaginative, after all, there really isn’t a right or wrong way to decorate Christmas trees – just your way. Being a live Christmas tree, don’t forget to water it regularly and to keep it away from any direct heat sources. Otherwise, this tree will look superb on any table.

 

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Nine Weeks To Christmas – Have You Ordered A Christmas Tree Yet?

Can you believe there are only nine weeks and a couple days left until Christmas? The year seems to have gone by so quickly. Have you ordered your Christmas tree yet? If not, you should get in quick, otherwise they will all be gone. In fact, our trees will be ready in four weeks from today, and we are well geared up, ready for the rush that always besets us at this time of the year.

Our Christmas trees are nurtured along throughout the year with one aim in mind, to be at their best come harvest time. We don’t harvest trees unless we have specific orders for them as each tree is picked ready for immediate shipment – the only way you’ll get a fresher tree is by having one growing in a pot – and we have them available again this year as well.

So what sort of tree to do you like? Tall and narrow, or do you like the traditional squat looking tree? This Christmas, you can select between the traditional Norway Spruce, the very popular Nordman Fir, and the beautifully perfumed Fraser Fir. If you want a live tree that you can use again and again, then this year we have the popular Norway Spruce Christmas trees available in pots. Look after them well and you can use them again for the following Christmas.

Real live cut Christmas trees are back in vogue now. People appreciate the perfume, look and feel that only a real Christmas tree can offer and once fully decorated, fill a room with a real Christmas feel. If you haven’t ordered your Christmas tree yet, then do so as soon as possible. While you’re at it, check out our range of Christmas lights and decorations – you can dress your tree to look its very best then.

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Adding Garlands To Your Christmas Tree For Added Effect

Christmas trees look great when they are fully decorated with lights, baubles and trinkets. You add extra dimension to your tree by adding garlands. In some areas, the tradition is to use colored tinsel as a garland, however, you can really make garlands out of anything. Crepe paper can be used to make great garlands, especially if you give the crepe paper a half twist between branches. You can sit down with string and beads (or any other craft material) and create your own as well – kids love this task and they can be as creative as they wish. One thing to be careful with when using beads is that you don’t make your garland too heavy.

When placing a garland on a Christmas tree, work from the top slowly going around your tree. Never place a garland too tightly around a tree, otherwise you will tend to pull branches together and this will take away the symmetry that Christmas trees are famous for. Instead, place the garlands loosely with a slight sagging between branches. Work your way from the top of the tree to the bottom. Light garlands such as those made from tinsel or crepe paper look good on the branch extremities as the final decoration. Heavier garlands should be placed deeper into the tree where the branches are a little stronger.

Decorating a Christmas tree is all about imagination, and about what looks good to your eye. Be sure you garlands complement your lights and baubles – each should add to an overall picture. One danger that many make is to make a Christmas tree too busy. This is a Christmas tree, so we do want to see the tree as well.

When completed, step back and look at the finished product. Does it look balanced; do branches sag from too much weight? Do remember to turn the room lights off and your Christmas lights on – this will give you a good idea of how well decorated your Christmas tree. Decorating a Christmas tree should be fun, not a chore – so enjoy the experience, you only get to do it once a year. Of course, you have to order your tree first – have you ordered your farm fresh cut Christmas tree yet?

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Organizing Your Christmas Tree Delivery

Organizing when you are going to have a fresh cut Christmas tree delivered is important if you want to ensure your tree lasts until Christmas Day. If your tree arrives and you are not prepared, the tree may suffer and start to wilt, and that is when you see the biggest needle drop. Once your Christmas tree arrives, you need to ensure it is well cared for in order to get the most from it.

Christmas trees are like large cut flowers. In fact, they require similar treatment to cut flowers. If you place the base of the tree in a container of fresh water, your tree will effectively ‘drink’ that water thus keeping the needles hydrated and looking fresh.  This helps to reduce the amount of needle drop and your Christmas tree will look great for many weeks.

Preparation is then the key. Do you have a suitable container to stand your Christmas tree in? If not, you should perhaps checkout the range of Christmas tree stands that we have on offer. These stands have a water well that needs topping up each day to keep your tree hydrated – at the same time, they add to the overall effect of your Christmas tree.

If you are going away for a few days before Christmas, either organize to have your Christmas tree delivered after you return or be sure there is plenty of water in the well to last the period you’re going to be away. For those who like to receive their Christmas trees early, a potted Christmas tree may be more suitable. They will happily sit outside until you’re ready to take them in – just treat them like any normal potted plant.

Arranging to have your Christmas tree delivered is important. Time it for when you are ready to look after it and you’ll have a tree that lasts for weeks and looks great – all you need to do then is add your Christmas lights and decorations – and that’s the fun part. By the way – order your Christmas tree, stand and decorations together, and if your order is over  £100, we’ll deliver for free anywhere in the UK – and yes, we try to arrange delivery for requested dates, just ask.

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How Accurate Are The Early Christmas Trend Suggestions?

One of the biggest Christmas trade fairs is the Christmasworld Trade Show, held this year in late January. Their predictions for this Christmas make for an interesting read, especially since it’s held so early in the year. According to The Independent’s review of the trade show, this Christmas’ theme should be raw, exotic and feminine with bold colors in the crimsons, deep Bordeaux reds and lemon greens.

If those predictions are true, we’ll be in for an entertaining Christmas. Crimsons and Bordeaux reds are no strangers to the festive seasons often featuring in the decorations that adorn Christmas trees each year. It’s the raw, exotic and feminine style that will be interesting – perhaps we’ll dress down our Christmas trees this year, perhaps, as The Independent suggests, decorating our trees with “Asian flower patterns or ethnic African prints decorated with gemstones, sequins and satin ribbons.”

Predicting trends is always difficult, and while trying to follow them makes life interesting, there’s nothing like a really good old-fashioned Christmas. The perfume of a real Christmas tree, the tinsel, baubles and lights that decorate the tree, and the faithful angel that perches on top – it’s tradition, and for many, a feeling of stability and security. There’s also the family tradition that goes into decorating a tree – have you decided who gets to put the angle on top this year?

As we get closer to Christmas, we’ll have a better idea as to the direction that trends will take us. It will be interesting to look back at this post, and to the article in The Independent to see how accurate they were.  I hope they do run true this year, I like the idea of exotic bold colours, African prints and perhaps spending time with the little ones decorating cards with gemstones, sequins and satin ribbons. First, I need to be sure we have a Christmas tree – perhaps you should order your Christmas treenow, just to be sure you don’t miss out.