Trees are as ubiquitous during the holiday season as, well, the gifts that are placed beneath them. But just because a tree is SUCH a tradition, it doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. Trees can be messy, take up lots of space and require manpower to set up and remove. But they also have the potential for gorgeousness and set a major holiday tone. So how do you figure out if a tree is right for you during the holiday season? Ask yourself the following questions:
Does your apartment/house/condo/homepad realistically have space for a tree?
If you have to move furniture or large items to make way for a tree, do you have a place to house those items for several weeks?
Will you be going out of town for an extended period of time during the holidays? If so, a tree may not be worth the time and effort.
Do you have animals that will be tempted to mess with a tree? If so, are you willing to deal with that?
Do you have a way to get a tree in and out of your home? (manpower, door space, vehicle, very nice friends?)
If you’re still thinking “YES! I WANT A TREE!”, well fancy you. Now consider the following:
Which room will it be in? Do you want your tree to be the centerpiece of a room? Will it go in a corner, next to a doorway or along a specific wall? How much space are you looking to fill?
If you want the tallest tree your room will allow, buy a tree that is at least six inches lower than your ceiling height. For example, if you have a standard 8 foot ceiling, you should buy a 7½ foot tree. This will allow enough space for a tree topper.
If you don’t want to deal with the messy needles of a real tree, there are plenty of great artificial options available in the marketplace. And because there are SO many great sizes and shapes for you to choose from, artificial trees are fabulous for areas with very limited space.
If you don’t want a tree, there are plenty of other ways to spruce up your space. Decorate with poinsettias, string white lights above cabinets, fill bowls with ornaments – let your imagination run wild. Just do something with your space, even if it’s small. Heck, if Charlie Brown can swing it, so can you!