Nov
   21

 

DIY Christmas Ornaments Cover Photo 2

 
Making your own Christmas tree ornaments doesn’t just add a personal touch to your Christmas trees. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, and in my case this year, with the rest of my community.
 
As part of Christmas Tree Market’s Christmas in the Community Campaign, I’m decorating a 7.5-foot Fraser Fir tree for our local Salvation Army with the help of my kids and one of our local youth groups. The four DIY ornaments we made were chosen for their fun and festive look, perfect for creating a cheerful tree.
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  Nov
   19

 

Make this year’s Thanksgiving memorable by starting a new tradition. Turn your artificial Christmas tree into a “Thankful Tree” with decorations that reflect everything and everyone you are thankful to have in your life.

In this post, we’ll show you how to decorate the tree to go with your Thanksgiving feast. Depending on the look you’re going for, you may use an artificial Christmas tree, or a vase of branches. What’s more, the following ornament ideas are intended to transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. To make decorating more exciting, we’re also sharing creative ways how you can get your family and friends involved in the activity.

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  Nov
   18

 

Share your DIY Christmas Decorations to win prizes, Write the inspiration behind your DIY ornaments for a chance to win a CTM Gift Card

Remember when we taught you how to make decorative candles and lights using seashells? How about the time we made fall décor from dough?

Christmas Tree Market always emphasizes creativity and resourcefulness when it comes to home decorating, which is why we love sharing tips that help you create beautiful, yet inexpensive DIY Christmas decorations.

This holiday season, it’s your turn to showcase your creativity. Join the Christmas Tree Market DIY Challenge, and get the chance to win a CTM Gift Card worth $250!

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  Nov
   17

 

 

Know Your Christmas Lights

 

When it comes to prelit Christmas trees, it pays to know which type of lamp will work best for you. With the variety of lighting options available, you can find the kind that matches your style and theme for the holidays. Here is a rundown of the distinguishing features of each lamp type and their benefits.
 
What are Clear Lamps?
 
Prelit Christmas trees with clear lights refer to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) in clear glass casings. These lamps:

  • have bright yellow light due to their clear casings
  • last for about five (5) seasons, with proper care and storage
  • give off less heat than traditional lamps, reducing the chances of accidental fires
  • are UL®-approved for safety

What are LED Lamps?
 
LED Christmas trees are becoming more popular than CFLs, since they come with a multicolored option. These lamps:

  • have cool white and multicolored varieties
  • are more energy-efficient than CFLs because they don’t require filaments (heat conductor)
  • last for about ten (10) seasons, with proper care and storage
  • emit less heat than CFLs, which decreases instances of overheating
  • are UL®-approved for safety

When choosing your prelit artificial Christmas tree, choose the lighting option that will work best with the decorations you have in mind. If you have an unlit tree, you can also check out our Christmas lights guide to learn how many lamps or strands you’ll need for a beautiful display!


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  Nov
   14

 

When to decorate for the holiday season definitely falls under personal preference.  At our house, I generally like to decorate the week after Thanksgiving and put decorations away the week after New Year’s. That gives our family and friends a month to enjoy the beauty of holiday lights and greenery! Though, I also understand the appeal of decorating before Thanksgiving. Often, my mom would begin decorating her house before Thanksgiving, or at the very least would put up a vignette of mini pre-lit trees.

Start of December

Nothing beats decorating your tree a few weeks from Christmas day. The chilly winter breeze and warm glow of Christmas lanterns make decorating your tree with the family that much more special. You can decorate your tree first to kick off the holiday decoration rush in the house, or set it up last as your Christmas ensemble’s crowning jewel.
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