Wednesday, November 23, 2011

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

With all the fuss over the lights, ornaments and presents that will adorn your Christmas tree, it's easy to overlook one simple accessory: the Christmas tree stand.

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

But a well-made stand can make all the difference between a healthy, sturdy tree and a dry, wobbly one. Here are some guidelines to consider when you're shopping for a Christmas tree stand:

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

Width. This is the most important thing you can look for when buying a tree stand. A wide but lightweight stand will support your tree better than a small and heavy one. Eighteen inches is the bare minimum you should consider. A good rule of thumb is that the stand should be at least a third of the diameter of the tree.

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

holds less than two litres (half a gallon) of water, and four litres (one gallon) would be even better. A tree generally needs about one litre (approx. a quart) a day per inch of trunk diameter to stay healthy. Some manufacturers make automatic watering systems for Christmas trees, but these still need to be monitored for leaks that might spoil your flooring or presents.

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

Construction. The stand should have wide-headed bolts that turn easily. Narrow bolts tend to drill into the trunk when you try to tighten them, which is bad for the tree. The stand should also have spikes or other structures that hold the base of the tree off the bottom of the stand at least half an inch, which makes it easier for the tree to take up water. If you plan to put the stand on a bare floor, look for a model that has rubber feet for security and protection from damage.

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

Making sure you have the right Christmas tree stand for your tree this holiday season is something most people overlook but it is extremely important.If your stand is not strong enough to support your tree then the whole thing can come toppling down on top of someone. It could also start a fire if some of the wires for the lights were to break during the fall. Most people do not realize that once yo are done decorating your tree it weighs twice as much as it did originally!

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

So what should you look for in a tree stand? First and foremost it must be strong and sturdy. Then you should choose whether a plastic stand or a metal stand would be the best. Plastic stands are for smaller lighter trees. They are just not as strong as a metal stand. Metal stands are much stronger and are built to keep the largest trees standing through the whole holiday season.

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

If you are using a real tree this season, then you need a stand with a built in reservoir. This allows you to fill the stand with water and extend the life of the tree. Without a built in reservoir your tree would not last more than a week. Check the water level daily, because your tree will suck it dry very very quickly.

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree stand will ensure a safe and happy holiday season! No one wants their tree to come toppling down while Ole Saint Nick is busy putting the presents underneath!

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

White Christmas Tree for Christmas party

White Christmas Tree

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