Christmas Trees and Decorations
The Christmas tree is an itegral part of all Christmas decor. A decorated artificial or living tree, a popular tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. Normally an evergreen coniferous tree that is brought into a home or used in the open, a Christmas tree is decorated with Christmas lights and colorful ornaments during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity story. Traditionally, Christmas trees were not brought in and decorated until Christmas Eve (24 December), and then removed the day after twelfth night (6 January); to have a tree up before or after these dates was even considered bad luck.
Tinsel and several types of garland or ribbon are commonly used to decorate a Christmas tree. Lighting with candles or electric lights (fairy lights) is commonly done and a tree topper, traditionally either an angel or a star, completes the ensemble.
With so many places to buy artificial Christmas trees, it can be challenging to find the best tree for you. Before buying a Christmas tree, you should decide where you want to display the tree. This should help you determine the amount of space you need to fill and choose a tree with the ideal height. As a general rule, you should leave at least 6 inches space from your ceiling height to the top of the tree (example: for a foot ceiling, choose a 7.5 feet tree).
As you shop for a Christmas tree, look for the varieties that will fill your space. You should consider the diameter of the Christmas tree, not the shape name like full, narrow, slim etc, to help you pick your perfect tree. This measurement is taken at the very widest point of the tree. If you plan to have a few branches touching a wall or a piece of furniture, the true space occupied by the tree will be about six inches less than the stated diameter. Also, opt for a tree which looks as natural as possible so that it looks real.
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