When purchasing a Christmas tree, you may or may not be aware that you're continuing a centuries old tradition that was enthusiastically adopted by the Victorians. An artificial tree as Nathan James Dodd explains is just a modern take on this age old practice.
People have always introduced greenery into the home at this time of the year, a reminder of life beyond the bleak mid-winter. When the Christmas tree was popularised by Prince Albert, the fruit, nuts and flowers were replaced by coloured ribbons and decorative baubles.
Real Christmas trees are undoubtedly very attractive but have quite a few drawbacks. Anyone who has struggled into the house with one, managed to prop it upright before vacuuming away a bucketful of dead needles a fortnight later, will be only too aware of their troublesome nature.
So along came the artificial tree. The first documented ones appeared as early as the late 18th century. Later, 'feather' trees were popular and remained so until the 1920s. Then in the '30s Addis introduced a tree that sold surprisingly well, considering it was basically just a large green tooth brush.
No Wonder They Are Popular
Most of us however are more familiar with the aluminium and plastic varieties decorated with lots of tinsel. They made little effort to look realistic but were amazingly well received because they had so many advantages over a real tree.
Who could resist the temptation of no needle drop and a tree that could be folded up and stored until following year. The same tree could be brought out annually meaning no further expense following the initial purchase.
Other advantages that captured the public's attention included minimum maintenance and no need to regularly top up with water. The trees could be positioned anywhere, next to a radiator was no problem. With no needle drop, you didn't have to worry about pets swallowing them. Coming in a variety of sizes, slim trees could easily fitted into any domestic location.
Just Like A Real Tree
Technological advances and changes in fashion have meant that these sparse and skinny tinsel trees have now been replaced by ones that are incredibly realistic. Pine and spruce along with Fir have been replicated by a range of artificial trees, amongst them Norwegian, Rocky Mountain and Alaskan pine together with Norway and Serbian spruce.
Some have a dusting of frost or snow while others feign realism with lifelike berries, cones and ferns. The natural look can continue with a sacking base or a stand that resembles those used for a real tree. There's even a windswept tree heavily weighed down by 'snow'.
If you have no time for decorating a tree, many now come complete with lights and if you prefer, realism can take a back seat, as the advent of LEDs have created trees that are decorations in their own right.
Pop-up trees are something else altogether. There are decorative more than realistic and can be erected in minutes. The tree is already decorated and is a riot of tinsel and baubles. A little showy to say the least but certainly an attention grabber in a variety of colours (even black), some also have the advantage of being battery operated.
No Substitute for Quality
At GardenSite only the best quality trees are selected for sale at prices to suit everyone's budget. The most convincing, with great shape, size and colour, use PE to replicate the prickly feel of real branches, they can be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing but won't give you a rash!
Bear in mind we don't always list online all the Artificial Christmas Trees we have in stock, so call us if you can't see what your looking for and we will do our utmost to help. We have been selling trees for over 50 years and will be able to offer all the advice you need, including the best way to decorate your tree and how to install lights.
Our 2015 range of Artificial Christmas Trees is perhaps the best we have ever offered and represents exceptional value for money. So if you're convinced by the benefits of an artificial tree, then it seems sensible to save time, trouble and expense by buying from GardenSite.