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Is it time to buy a new artificial Christmas tree?

You Know You Need a New Artificial Christmas Tree When...

Does it seem like every year you find yourself adding more and more to your artificial Christmas tree just to make it appear well, not like an artificial Christmas tree? Do you only invite friends and family over in the evening, when the lights of the Christmas tree mask the stark metal pole showing through the boughs of the tree? If that sounds like you, it might be time to start counting down the days to the next big Christmas tree sale. Here are some tell-tale signs that you need to buy a new pre-lit artificial Christmas tree:

1) You spray fake snow on the tree to cover the spots where the artificial needles have worn off.

2) You have to rig something up to keep the loosely hinged branches from collapsing onto the floor.

3) You've had to double up on the garland used to hide the gaps in the tree.

4) You stuff wads of cotton between the tree boughs to make the tree look fuller.

When you start moving your artificial Christmas tree from the front foyer to the den in the back of the house, it's probably time to consider buying a new artificial Christmas tree. Go out to the next Christmas tree sale and look for a tree that offers you more than just embarrassment. Try an L.E.D. artificial tree, or a fiber-optic tree! Throw away your fake snow and cotton balls for good. You won't be needing them anymore.

What are some extra safety tips to keep my family safe this Christmas?

Artificial Christmas Trees and Common Sense

The best time to buy an artificial Christmas tree is when the Christmas tree sales start up shortly after the holidays. But just because you've decided to go with an LED. artificial tree, doesn't mean you're completely exempt from safety hazards. It's true that LED. lights are much safer than traditional lights. For one thing, they don't get nearly as hot which means you don't have to worry about the drying effects related to a live tree. No need to water an artificial tree either!

However, as safe as LED. artificial trees are, it's still important to exercise some common sense over the holidays. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

1) A national authority on artificial Christmas trees reports that while artificial Christmas trees are safer than traditional trees in terms of fire hazards, they can still catch on fire. Look for an artificial tree that is “flame retardant” but remember, that simply means the tree won't immediately go up in flames if exposed to a hazard. The potential for fire is still there.

2) Watch that small children don't put artificial tree boughs in their mouths. Many artificial trees are made with PVC, which can disperse toxins.

3) Don't go out and leave the Christmas tree lights on. Better to be safe than sorry, even with LED lights.

Purchasing a pre-lit LED artificial Christmas tree is one important step to your safety over the holidays. A little extra common sense is just part of the package.

Can I set up my artificial Christmas tree and leave it that way for the whole year?

A Closet for the Christmas Tree

Tired of putting up artificial Christmas trees year after year only to have to take it down and store it away in a few short weeks? Even though most artificial Christmas trees are easy and quick to set up, a lot of people still consider it a chore. Have you ever heard someone wish they could just set up a Christmas tree, decorate it and leave it that way. They might talk about having a special closet that they can just open the door when Christmas comes and pull out the already-set-up tree.

With a real tree, that's obviously not possible, but with today's pre-lit artificial Christmas trees or fiber optic Christmas trees, you could arrange a set up where the tree is ready to go, year after year. A few things to take into consideration include:

1) Humidity. Your artificial tree can probably withstand humidity, but your ornaments (depending on the type: cloth, homemade, etc.) may not.

2) Dust. Keeping your tree lightly covered with a light-weight breathable fabric will help keep the dust from settling within the tree branches and on your ornaments.

3) Gravity. As time goes by, your carefully fluffed Christmas tree will settle and it's going to be a lot harder to rearrange the boughs of the tree when they're covered with decorations.

Why should I consider buying LED lights this Christmas?

LED Holiday Lighting – From the Exception to the Norm

In many cases, advertisers are still referring to LED Christmas lights as the “new alternative” to traditional indoor/outdoor holiday lighting. As time goes by, consumers will probably see a shift and a time when LED holiday lights will be considered the norm, not the exception.

This year, when pursuing the Christmas tree sales, make a mental note of the types of lighting options available. It's a little hard to compare traditional Christmas lighting (think strings of thick, chunky outdoor lights compared to the gentle glow of long-lasting LED lights), because you're going to pay more for LED lights no matter what. However, there's more to the story than just dollars and cents. Your new set of LED lights are going to far outlast any traditional light bulbs so that even if you're spending a little more money, you're really saving in the long run.

The other thing you're going to notice is the quality of the lights. You don't need a house so intensely lit with Christmas lights that it commands the attention of extra-terrestrials. What you need is a house that glows softly in the chilly nights of winter. Oh, and while your house is glowing, your light bill isn't growing. This season, before you buy a new artificial Christmas tree or Christmas tree lights, give some serious consideration to replacing your old lights with LED.

Is it appropriate to give an artificial tree to charity?

Christmas Charity for Children

When Christmas rolls around, those feelings of charity and goodwill rise to the surface. People start looking for ways to help out. Sometimes it's hard to come up with new and unique ways of contributing to the good in the world, but you can't go wrong if you focus your efforts on helping children in need.

Stock up on mid-sized or tabletop Christmas trees at the next Christmas tree sale and consider donating them to children's wards in hospitals or clinics. Children undergoing chemotherapy or other serious medical treatments will welcome a fiber-optic Christmas tree! So what if there's one, two, or even three artificial fiber-optic Christmas trees in the waiting room. The more the better!

Before heading out to the Christmas tree sale, there are a few things you should do first:

1) Contact the clinic, hospital or organization where you'd like to donate a tree. Make sure they have no restrictions or guidelines on what they can and can't use for artificial trees.

2) Depending on the number of children on the ward and the amount of money you want to spend, you might want to consider asking what types of gifts would be appropriate to put under the new tree.

3) Make sure to buy trees with low-heat LED lights or fiber optic trees for safety.

4) Ask the ward or clinic if they have storage space for the tree after the holidays. If not, you might want to consider offering to store the tree yourself until next year.

What better gift to give a child than the shiny, twinkling majesty of a Christmas tree.

How am I going to pay for the expensive artificial Christmas tree that I want?

Pay Now, Pay Later or Pay Less for an Artificial Christmas Tree

When making a large purchase, it seems so much easier to sign on the dotted line for a no money down, no interest for one year payment plan. That way, you get the goods (in this case, a glorious new artificial Christmas tree) without having to actually pay for it – yet.

The problem with this scenario is that most people don't tuck away some money every week, or even every month for that matter. When it's time to make those payments, there's usually a hefty interest rate that comes with it. You could spend the time reading the fine lines, wondering how you're going to pay the principle and the interest on that $1,000 pre-lit artificial Christmas tree or you could do this:

1) Consider buying something a little less expensive, but equally nice. For under $300 you can buy a beautiful, easy-to-assemble, LED artificial tree that's not only going to look great in your home, it's going to save you money on your electric bill.

2) If you're desperate for that really expensive tree, set up a budget and put aside some money until you have enough to purchase it outright.

3) Save enough money to put down half of the cost of the tree and make a commitment to pay the remaining balance on credit.

What should I consider when buying an artificial Christmas tree online?

Christmas Tree Sale Pricing

You'd think after the holidays, everyone would be completely shopped-out, but no! That's the best time of year for getting bargains, returning gifts, exchanging gifts and looking for the best Christmas tree sale. Nowadays, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home for most of your shopping needs, so why not consider getting in some comfy pajamas and settling in front of your PC to do some serious Christmas tree sale shopping?

Look for trees that have a high number of tree tips and a high branch density for the fullest, best looking tree. That information should be readily available on the website and if it isn't, you should be able to ask the question to a customer service representative either through a toll-free phone number, or via email.

When buying an artificial Christmas tree online (whether L.E.D., fiber optic, or plain), make note of a few things before proceeding to the online checkout:

1) Is the price quoted in American dollars? Canadian dollars? Prices may not vary significantly between the two countries, but there could be a significant difference in shipping costs.

2) Is there a return policy?

3) Is there a manufacturer defect warranty?

4) Are there any extras that come with the tree like a storage bag, extra bulbs or a power cord if needed?

Shopping for a Christmas tree sale online is great! Just be sure you're shopping on a secure website, with a reputable company.

Should I buy a white artificial Christmas tree this year?

Dare To Be Different This Christmas

There's nothing more satisfying in life than shaking up the status quo. What a boring world we'd live in if nobody tried anything different, or if everyone dressed, talked, and acted the same way. Christmas is a time of year that's celebrated all over the world, in a variety of ways. Of course, it's not all about the gifts and the lights and the decorations, but it would be a sad Christmas without those things!

This year, instead of shopping the Christmas tree sales for an artificial tree that looks as if it were recently chopped from the woodlot, why not give it up and go for a pure white tree? They've come a long way from the groovy 60's, when sparse silver branches were lit with bright multi-colored bulbs.

You can buy a pure white pre-lit artificial Christmas tree that has a strong sturdy base, comes in two easy-to-put-together pieces and is built to last for years to come.

Find sites that offer the best of both worlds: classic and designer. You can illuminate your new white tree with pure white lights for a classic look, or send swirls of color through it by simply flicking a switch. Even if you've had your Christmas tree decorations for years, they'll look fresh and new against the backdrop of your new pre-lit, pure white, artificial Christmas tree.

Is it hard to set up an artificial Christmas tree?

Artificial Christmas Tree Simplicity

Can you imagine how many hours it must take those store clerks to set up all of those artificial Christmas trees that seem to appear in stores long before the children of the nation shriek, “Trick or Treat!”? While the actual careful decoration of the artificial Christmas trees probably takes a fair bit of time, the process of simply assembling an artificial Christmas tree is very quick. No need to warm up your torso before diving into this activity. Don't even bother looking for directions, they're not needed.

Once you've browsed all of the Christmas tree sales and finally settle on the perfect pre-lit artificial Christmas tree for your home, here's what you do:

1) Open the box

2) Take out the tree

3) Stand it up

4) Plug in the lights

Congratulations! You're done. Phew. Bet you didn't even work up a sweat. If only your great-great-great grandpa could see you know. In his day, he probably had to walk uphill both ways with a heavy ax in his hand, searching for the perfect Christmas tree. Then there was the hand-made tree stand that never quite seemed to fit the base of the tree. Oh, and don't forget the fact that the tree (which looked beautiful in its natural habitat) looked ridiculous in the house. Rejoice! Christmas just got a whole lot easier.

Why should I buy an L.E.D. artificial Christmas tree over something cheaper?

Saving Energy and Money on Your Next Artificial Christmas Tree

An LED artificial Christmas tree is probably one of the best gifts you could give yourself and your family during the holidays. Not only are the lights extremely long-lasting, they're excellent energy savers. Power companies report that LED (light emitting diodes) holiday lights:

1) Use 90 percent to 95 percent less energy than traditional bulbs

2) Produce very little heat, reducing the risk of fire

3) Last at least 10 times longer than conventional lights

4) Are more durable, with no filaments or glass bulbs to break

This is great news for families with children or pets. Remember how hot those old Christmas tree lights used to get? This year, when the big Christmas tree sale takes place, look for something that really gives you value. A good quality tree is going to save you a lot more time and money in the years to come than you'd save overall by buying that cheaper, less energy-efficient artificial Christmas tree.

How will I get my newly purchased artificial Christmas tree home?

Getting Your New Artificial Christmas Tree Home

Chances are, if you're in the market for a new pre-lit artificial Christmas tree, you haven't arrived at the Christmas tree sale unprepared. If you're driving an oversized car, van, or truck, you're in luck. Purchasing a big artificial tree and getting it back to your home shouldn't be a problem. On the other hand, if you drive a tiny eco-car, there's a good chance you're not going to get that full-sized artificial tree into the backseat!

If you're in the market for an artificial Christmas tree over four feet in height, consider borrowing a vehicle or having the store deliver the tree to your home. The last thing you want to do is spend your hard-earned money on a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree, only to find it crushed or damaged once you get it home.

If your only option is to put the tree in the trunk of your car, make sure to bring rope or bungee cord ties to keep the trunk from lifting while you're driving. If the tree sticks out from the back of the car at all, you'll have to place a piece of red fabric, or a red tag of some kind. That keeps other drivers aware and safe, alerting them of your cargo before they get too close.

You're going to love your new pre-lit Christmas tree, just make sure to get it (and you) home in one piece.

What should I consider before heading out to the Christmas tree sale?

Pre-Christmas Tree Sale Preparation

It's time to head out to the big Christmas tree sale and you know exactly what you're looking for, what to ask for and where to go. Right? If not, here are a few things to take into consideration before leaving the house.

1) Do some research before the Christmas tree sale. You know the sale is coming eventually, so spend your time determining which stores sell the best quality trees.

2) Know what you want. These days, good quality artificial Christmas trees are made to look like your favorite forest pine, spruce or fir tree. Are you hankering for a full-sized pine tree look-a-like this year? Knowing what you're looking for will help narrow down your choices and save you time.

3) When looking at assembled artificial trees in the store, look beyond the fancy decorations. They could be covering up some serious tree quality issues. If you were to take all of the decorations off of that tree, would it look real? Could you see right through to the base of the tree? Is the tree color natural looking, or alien-green colored?

4) What's the price of the tree? Make sure the price of the tree is in line with the quality. You can get a good quality pre-lit artificial Christmas tree for under $300, depending on the size of the tree.

Post holiday shopping is hectic and exhausting, so why not arm yourself with knowledge before heading out to the big Christmas tree sale this year?

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