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Top 10 Artificial Christmas Trees 2016

Make the most of all of the joy of the season without any of the mess or fire hazards of an actual fire. Just because they're fake, it does not mean these artificial Christmas trees look like the old plastic ones you used to see. Trendy variations include practical looking department recommendations and are available pre-strung with lighting fixtures to prevent hours on setup. They will look beautiful in any home.

National Tree 7 1/2' Carolina Pine Tree, Hinged, 86 Flocked Cones, 750 Clear Lights (CAP3-306-75)National Tree 7 1/2-Feet Dunhill Fir Tree, Hinged, 750 Clear Lights (DUH-75LO)Best Choice Products Pre-Lit Fiber Optic 7' Green Artificial Christmas Tree with LED Multicolor Lights and StandNational Tree 9' North Valley Spruce Tree, Hinged, 700 Clear Lights (NRV7-300-90)Balsam Hill™ Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree, 6.5 Feet, ClearNational Tree 7 1/2' Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree, Hinged, 350 Clear Lights (KW7-300-75)GKI/Bethlehem Lighting 7-1/2-Foot PE/PVC Christmas Tree with Clear Mini Lights, Full Green River SpruceVickerman Flocked Alaskan Pine Tree with 1045 Tip, 6.5-Feet by 62-InchNational Tree 7 1/2' Dunhill Fir Tree, Hinged (DUH-75)Kurt Adler TR2326 Pine Christmas Tree with 1026 Tips, 50 Inch, Girth and Metal Base

Why Artificial Christmas Trees Are "Sprouting" Everywhere

For too long maligned using the derogatory term "fake tree," today artificial Christmas trees are becoming ever more popular and accepted. And that goes beyond their use in hotel lobbies or storefront display windows: many people are embracing these festive items in their homes as well. There are many reasons that can help to explain the shift toward an appreciation for the artificial Christmas tree, but the primary reason is clear: many of them simply look great. Which is to say they look very much like real a Fraser Fir, Virginia Pine, or White Spruce, just to name a few of the many varieties out there.

A few of the other reasons you might consider an artificial tree over a real conifer, those include price and carbon footprint. If you keep your artificial tree for at least three holiday seasons, it will prove significantly more eco-friendly than using a real tree. According to studies conducted by the British Carbon Trust, a real Christmas tree that ends up thrown into a dump can release as much as 35 pounds of CO2 into the environment, while an artificial tree's production creates around 88 pounds of CO2 (for reference, driving an average passenger vehicle one mile emits nearly one pound of carbon dioxide). Thus your false tree becomes a carbon reducer before the third holiday season is finished.

Now that we have several solid reasons to get an artificial Christmas tree, we must turn to the all important decision of which tree is best for your home, office, hotel, or other commercial location. As a general reference point, know that in the six to seven-foot height range, you can find trees that cost around a hundred dollars or that cost more than three hundred. The price differences come in terms of tree girth, the realism of boughs and needles, and in whether or not they are pre lighted. In choosing which tree suits you best, you must first decide the preferred height for space the tree will grace.

Unlike one can easily do with a real tree, you can next choose the width/circumference you want out of your artificial tree. There are narrow "pencil" style fake trees measuring less than three feet across that are perfect for hallways, between elevators or doors, or in smaller homes, and there are thick, full trees that measure a hearty six feet across at their bottoms. In this unique category of arboreal decorations, you can choose almost the exact size specifications you want, so go ahead and be picky.

As for the decision between lighted and non-lighted trees, you can choose by balancing cost and convenience. Pre-lighted trees cost more than their "bare" counterparts but don't require additional lights (which of course carry some cost) or effort. (You can always add more lights if you want.) Non-lighted trees leave you free to start from scratch when decorating, but also mean that at least some effort will be required to make the tree look festive. They do afford you a blank canvas, as it were, to change the lighting of the tree as you wish.

If you are willing to spend the several hundred dollars needed to obtain an artificial tree that creates a genuine verisimilitude of a real spruce or fir, you will, of course, end up saving quite a lot of money in the long run. Many high-quality artificial trees are essentially lifelong purchases, so long as you store them away each year with care. Pick your tree well: you may just be choosing the centerpiece of your home's holiday decorations for decades to come.

Easy Ideas For Accentuating That Artificial Tree


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For some people, the beauty of a pre-lit artificial Christmas is that you don't have to do anything to dress it up. For others, their false trees are simply a starting point for fully decked halls.

One of the best ways to "spruce up" a fake tree is to make it look fuller. This can be done in many ways, but one popular approach is to wrap a garland of pine needles around the trunk, adding a fullness and depth to the appearance of the tree without weighing down its beaches. If you use a garland woven from natural pine boughs, you will also add some of the lovely scents that people associate with winter holidays. (Most fresh garlands will stay green and fragrant for several weeks.)

Perhaps the most classic, elegant approach to decorating a Christmas tree is also one of the most cost effective: silver balls and red ribbon. You can find sets containing two dozen hanging silver spheres for less than five dollars and can acquire enough ribbon to make dozens of bows for about the same price. Thus you could enjoy a sparkling, the pre-lit tree hung with balls and bows all for well under $150.

And if you want to get the kids involved with another classic decorating technique, have them string garlands made of popcorn. You can use dental floss, a semi-blunt tapestry needle, and a non-flavored, non-salted popcorn to make a handsome and playful decoration that will last for the entire holiday season.

The Brief History Of The Christmas Tree


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The first holiday trees had nothing to do with Christ -- they predated the Christian religion, in fact, and possibly by centuries. In the cold climes of the northern hemisphere, Pagans and Druids decorated their homes and places of worship with evergreen boughs or whole trees during the dark, short days of the winter, particularly noting the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, which usually fell near the date later fixed as Christmas: December 25th.

Romans too marked this darkest day of the year with celebrations, and all used evergreens to decorate the halls in which they feasted while venerating their god of agriculture, Saturn. The adoption of Christianity as the religion of Rome led to its spread across much of the ancient world in the first centuries of the modern era, and many of the traditions of the conquered peoples -- Celts, Gauls, and more -- were adopted or co-opted by the Romans. Soon the evergreens long used by many disparate religions became a part of Christian tradition.

By the late 15th Century, Europeans were not only decorating their towns with conifers and were referring to said trees as holiday decorations. The first confirmed documentation of such trees come from the countries today known as Latvia and Estonia. By the early decades of the 1500s, Christmas and New Years trees were becoming more and more ubiquitous across Europe, though they would remain outdoor decorations or be installed in large public buildings -- not in residences -- for years to follow.

Americans were slow adopters of the Christmas tree. It was not until the 1850s that their popularity began to grow in the United States. This was in part prompted by the growing number of German settlers who brought traditions with them and partially because of the surge of Christmas tree popularity in Victorian England, a society which many Americans tried to emulate.


#10.Kurt Adler TR2326 Pine Christmas Tree with 1026 Tips, 50 Inch, Girth and Metal Base


This Kurt Adler 7' Pine Tree is a beautiful, classic way to add to your holiday d?cor. With a realistic full, thick green design, this tree has 1026 tips, a 50" girth, and stands on an included metal base. This tree is unlit, meaning you have the freedom to decorate with your own lighting design, in addition to your favorite tree ornaments.


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#9.National Tree 7 1/2' Dunhill Fir Tree, Hinged (DUH-75)


This three section tree with hinged branches is easy to assemble and will become your holiday centerpiece for years to come. Its full shape, featuring over 2500 branch tips, will hold light strings and ornaments with equal ease. 59" diameter at base, includes metal tree stand.


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#8.Vickerman Flocked Alaskan Pine Tree with 1045 Tip, 6.5-Feet by 62-Inch


This tree was so gorgeous when we put it up, we almost didn't want to

decorate it, and we decided not to put lights on it, as that would sort of detract from its "natural" beauty. Really quite stunning, peaceful and lovely, either plain or decorated.


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#7.GKI/Bethlehem Lighting 7-1/2-Foot PE/PVC Christmas Tree with Clear Mini Lights, Full Green River Spruce


The Green River Spruce Collection offers superior quality construction and breathtaking style and design! A profusion of PE and PVC branches sprinkled with fern-like stems, supple amethyst accented leaves and small pine cones. So beautiful you don't even have to decorate it!


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#6.National Tree 7 1/2' Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree, Hinged, 350 Clear Lights (KW7-300-75)


The pencil thin shape of the Kingswood Fir makes it a great tree for display in tight corners and small spaces. Pre-strung with clear lights and featuring hinged branch construction, this tree assembles quickly and is ready for decoration. 28" diameter at base, includes metal tree stand.


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#5.Balsam Hill™ Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree, 6.5 Feet, Clear


Balsam Hill's 6.5-foot Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree features a full profile with sleek, multi-toned PVC Classic Needle foliage. It's light gray, blue-green, and moss-green needles are complemented by sturdy branches in a brown hue. This tree is professionally hand-strung with clear lights for an effortless Christmas centerpiece.


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#4.National Tree 9' North Valley Spruce Tree, Hinged, 700 Clear Lights (NRV7-300-90)


With its commanding presence, the 9 foot tall North Valley Spruce is hard to miss. Featuring pre-strung clear lights and hinged branch construction, this tree assembles quickly and easily. 65" diameter at base, includes metal tree stand.


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#3.Best Choice Products Pre-Lit Fiber Optic 7' Green Artificial Christmas Tree with LED Multicolor Lights and Stand


Best Choice Products is proud to present this new Fiber Optic Christmas tree. Our premium artificial Christmas trees with Fiber Optic lights, powered by energy saving LED lights, gleam throughout the tree. Our trees are great quality, making it your best choice. The foliage, made of fade- and crush- resistant PVC needles, appears fresh-cut. The tips are sculpted to enhance the trees' lifelike appearance. In addition, the staggered branches give the tree a fuller profile. Iron bases to keep the tree planted in an upright position. The Christmas tree will present changeable colorful light with an adjusting button. The light color of the optical fiber will change as well. This tree has 6 functions of bright and colorful flash, including combination, waves, sequential, chasing/ flash, slow fade, twinkle/flash. With this elegant and environmentally friendly Christmas tree, you will fill your room with magical colors.


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#2.National Tree 7 1/2-Feet Dunhill Fir Tree, Hinged, 750 Clear Lights (DUH-75LO)


The Dunhill Fir is a full body tree featuring a generous number of branch tips for holding holiday trimmings. It is pre-strung with 750 clear lights that remain lit even if a bulb burns out. This three section tree features hinged branches for ease of assembly. The sturdy folding metal tree stand is included. Also, includes spare bulbs and fuses. Packed in reusable storage carton. 5-year tree / 2 year lights warranty. Assembly instructions included.


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#1.National Tree 7 1/2' Carolina Pine Tree, Hinged, 86 Flocked Cones, 750 Clear Lights (CAP3-306-75)


The Carolina Pine features an attractive array of cashmere and bristles branch tips. Trimmed with pre-strung clear lights and flocked pine cones, this tree with its hinged branch construction goes up fast, leaving more time for holiday cheer. 59" diameter at base, includes metal tree stand.


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