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The Essential Christmas Tree Accessory

We all love Christmas Trees and over the past five years there has been a notable trend with more people electing to buy real trees each year. However, when considering a real Christmas Tree, think about what you are going to do with it, where it is going to be placed, and how you intend supporting your tree. Like cut flowers, cut Christmas Trees require water to maintain their freshness, and to prevent drying out. The major reason for needle drop in Christmas Trees is dehydration, so they need a supply of water at all times.

Christmas Trees need some form of solid support at the base. These supports help to keep the tree standing in an upright position. Some people opt for a bucket of water with a few bricks to provide the weight and the support. Others take the bucket of wet sand approach. Both can certainly help to keep the Christmas Tree supported and hydrated, however, they can look an eyesore. Besides, having gone to the trouble of buying a fresh live Christmas Tree, surely it deserves a decent stand to display it in all its glory.

There are special stands that have been created to specifically hold a Christmas Tree. These Christmas Tree stands carry seasonal designs and colours, have water wells to help keep the tree hydrated, and steel bracket to hold the tree firmly in place. With prices starting at £19.95, they also represent good value, more so since they can be reused year after year.

The Cinco 7 Christmas Tree Stand is one of the most popular. It can easily hold a tree up to 7 feet in height, and with a water well of over six pints, your Christmas Tree will be well looked after. Christmas Tree stands are an essential addition to any Christmas Tree – get the right one and you’ll have a great Christmas.

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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.

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Did You Miss Out On A Fresh Christmas Tree This Year – Bookmark Us For Next Christmas

There are many people visiting our website hoping we have Christmas trees still in stock. Unfortunately, they are leaving disappointed. We are disappointed we can’t help them too, however, we do have one or two suggestions to make.

My first suggestion is to simply bookmark our home page in your browser. Better yet, create a Christmas folder in your bookmark section and save us to the folder.  Next year, as Christmas approaches, you will have a reminder sitting there. Contact us early in November and you can order your Christmas tree for delivery on a day to suit.

A second suggestion is to subscribe to the posts on this page. Throughout the year we post regular snippets on Christmas trees, news relating to the progress of next season’s Christmas trees, and helpful tips for looking after potted Christmas trees, if you have one.

Real Christmas trees seem to be increasing in popularity every year. We seem to be selling more and selling out earlier as each year passes.  By bookmarking our site, or subscribing to our feed, you will at least get some sort of reminder as Christmas gets closer next year.

Remember, we only sell real Christmas trees, cut or in pots, that have come direct from our farms here in Scotland. You cannot get any fresher than that.

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Keeping Your Christmas Wreaths Bright And Fresh after your Christmas wreath is no different to looking after your Christmas tree with one exception – your wreath is outside and subject to the elements. For this reason, keeping it as cool as possible is not always possible, particularly if the door its mounted on gets the full sun.

The full sun may not have a lot of strength in it at this time of year but that doesn’t mean it won’t affect your Christmas wreath. Wind is also another factor that needs to be taken into account. The wind may be cold but it can still suck what moisture is left out of your wreath.

It can be quite tricky keeping your wreath hydrated. If you add water to the front of the wreath the moisture may effect some of your decorations, particularly if you have decorations that have been handpainted by children. The easiest way to keep your wreath hydrated is by spraying a light mist of water each day on the back of the wreath. Don’t use too much water, just a light spray will do the trick.

Where sun is a problem on your door, check to see how much sun your wreath does get. You will often find that the lower part of the door gets more sun than the upper. If that is the case, place your wreath as high up as possible – not too high, of course; people still want to see it. Use a damp cloth to brush away any excess water and the wreath is ready to remount on your door. Look after your wreath and it will still look great on Christmas Day.

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Maintaining The Gloss On Your Christmas Decorations

Having a Christmas tree that has been decorated and looking fabulous doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Like everything in life, a little maintenance will ensure your Christmas tree and your Christmas decorations maintain that fabulous look. We have already discussed maintaining both your tree and your Christmas lights, but what about your Christmas decorations?

They need some maintenance and general care but it’s not an onerous task and should only take a couple of minutes each day. You can perform these tasks at the same time as watering the tree and giving the lights a quick once-over.

The only tool you need is a damp cloth. Start by giving each bauble a quick wipe-over. This will remove any dust and bring the gloss back. You can do the same with any of your other decorations.

Once you have wiped down your decorations, give the lights a quick check to ensure all are working okay. Top up the water for the Christmas tree and you are done – maximum ten minutes each day. It may only be ten minutes, but that ten minutes will ensure your tree stays fresh and your decorations stay glossy throughout Christmas.

Keeping your Christmas decorations clean and shiny means they will maintain their condition for many years to come. Let them becomes clouded with dust and over time that dust will cause minute scratches – scratches that lead to your decorations losing their glossy finish.