Because I am very busy, live on the third floor, and have an empty nest I have not put up a full-sized tree for years. There have been years that I haven't put a tree up at all. But when I do, as I have this year, I lean toward small trees for convenience. I tend to pay close attention to how others utilize tabletop and small floor stand Christmas trees. The following trees are a few of the best choices for small spaces.
Lighted, Ceramic Christmas Trees
|Lighted, green ceramic tree|
I remember these lighted, ceramic, tabletop Christmas trees from my childhood. I loved the green ceramic tree with the multi-colored bulbs that my grandmother had on the table most years. She also always had a fresh cut tree, often reaching to the ceiling. But as a child I always thought there was something magical about Grandma's tiny tree.
Over the years, these ceramic trees were sometimes painted with white glaze. Or were painted green with a spray snow added to the branches. Some of the trees have white lights. But my favorite will always be the green trees with multi-colored bulbs. Trees such as this can become a family heirloom.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree
|14" Charlie Brown tree|
Every time I see a little Charlie Brown tree, warm and fuzzy childhood memories come back - Charlie Brown and friends gathered together around their tree.
Lighted, Fiber Optic Christmas Tree
|36" tall fiber optic tree|
With the lights built-in to the tree, you don't have to try to untangle cords or work at spacing the bulbs on the tree. You can add ornaments if you wish but don't have to since the changing lights are pretty enough on their own.
I did not originally think I'd like a fiber optic tree, but I really did. The only reason I didn't set it up this year is because I wanted a live tree this year.
Live, Potted Evergreen Trees
|photo credit: FotoJet and Pixabay|
If you want to buy a potted evergreen in order to plant it outside, please do some research. Many people do plant their Christmas trees successfully after the holiday. Better Homes and Gardens has a helpful article that you may want to read so that you are prepared.
Fortunately, my tiny potted tree is in a very cool section of my apartment, so there may be hope even though I plunged in without the helpful information.
There are many reasons to buy a potted Christmas tree. These are a few:
- the qualities of a fresh cut tree - including fragrance
- possibility of planting after the holidays
- an enormous selection of sizes, shapes, and tree varieties
- pre-decorated selections - matching almost any decor
- a large selection of mini-lights and ornaments so you can decorate your own tree
Mini lights and Ornaments for Potted Christmas Trees
I have been tempted by the many, very pretty pre-decorated trees. But this year I wanted to decorate my own in silver. I purchased a string of 50 white mini lights, a pack of silver jingle bells, and one "full-sized" glittery snowflake ornament. I strung the lights, hung the jingle bells, and used floral wire to attach the snowflake to the top as my "star".
No matter your tree decorating preference (country, sparkling, minimal, loaded) or your color preference, you will easily find small ornaments to meet your needs.
|"Old World" mini ornaments|
If you have time, space, and Christmas spirit to spare, you probably already decorate with table top trees in addition to a larger tree. And already have your own favorite type of tiny tree. But if you have never tried a table top tree, maybe this is the year to do so.
Our own Review This! contributor, Barbara Tremblay Cipak, reviewed time- and space-saving Pull Up Christmas Trees. These pre-decorated trees store in a flat box or bag and "pull up" to
a standing tree in a matter of moments. If you prefer a slightly larger tree, but need the smallest storage space possible for the remainder of the year, these pull up trees and the fiber optic trees mentioned above are very good choices. Both of these options eliminate the extra storage of lights, ornaments, and accessories.
Introduction photo design courtesy of FotoJet and Pixaby
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