Who doesn’t love a festive review and who better to review this gorgeous artificial tree from Christmas Tree World than our guest reviewer Anna, who has 3 little ones under 5 and has recently added to her family with 2 very sweet but super inquisitive kittens!!
I’ve always been rather a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas: refillable advent calendars, gingerbread, Nat King Cole, mulled wine and… real Christmas tress. That is, until life took charge, or should I say Cats and Children. Our attempt at a Christmas tree for my first child’s first Christmas was decorated from halfway up, which looked odd of course but worse still made it top heavy and far easier for him to pull down on top of his naturally curious self. Not to mention the kitten who nonchalantly assumed his long-deserved indoor play forest had arrived. Tree on floor.
Second year, we placed a smaller tree on top of a table. All very well but toddlers quickly suss out how useful an emptied out, up-turned toy box can be to extend one’s reach… Tree on floor. There are only so many times when a tree can be picked up and redecorated before looking rather sad and bald. So, this year I was given the opportunity to review a 5ft artificial ‘Greenland Pine Tree’ from Christmas Tree World. Immediate pros from a household with multiple cats and young children – 1) less heavy an object to fall on child 2) needles will stay on when redecorated.
Artificial Christmas Tree: Packaging and Construction
Our tree arrived in a thick, sturdy box, which is worth a mention as it will definitely serve as storage for the tree for years to come – something that can’t be said for many high street bought versions.
The instructions were clear, though the construction of the tree was simple enough that I only found the instructions once we had already put it together. The tree itself came in two sections and a foldable metal base. Altogether, very sturdy but lightweight. The branches are bunched together, so it takes a good half hour or so to spread them out and fill out the tree, but the material is soft and pliable so easily done.
The first thing that struck me was how natural-looking the outer branches and needles are. The material used is of a rubbery texture rather than the papery versions I have previous inspected, the effect of which is quite startlingly life-like.
There is, of course, a pleasing stereotyped triangular shape to the tree yet enough staggering and flexible positioning to make the tree look as natural as possible.
Decorating The Tree
So was I won over yet? Well, had our tree been real there would already be a trail of needles from the front door and inevitable gaps where branches had been damaged. So far the tree was appealing to my Christmassy ideals of perfection…!
Now for the decorating, and this was where the tree came up trumps. How refreshing to not ponder for hours searching for the right strength branch, the right sized gap, the right angle from other decorations, as the tree is endlessly pliable, even to the point of subtly bending up branches to withstand particular heavy ornaments.
You make your own gaps, your own spaces and then stand back to admire your decorations, all of which you can actually see. And no vacuuming needles. And what did my children think? My four year old labelled the tree as “wonderful”, not at all questioning of why it wasn’t a real one. And my two kittens? They were more interested in the box and have so far had just a few curious taps of a ball. But the tree itself is dense enough that there could be no shimmying up the trunk, as has happened with previous real trees. This one is pretty much cat-impenetrable.
Conclusion & Where To Buy
So have I been converted? I won’t say that I will never get a real tree again, as I am a romantic when it comes to Christmas, but I am also a mother of three children under the age of 5 and own two kittens so I must also foster the realist in me. Anything that can make Christmas less stressful for a mother can only be a good thing, and the huge bonus is that with this particular tree you don’t have to sacrifice the natural look. When we had finished decorating our tree I sent a photo to four people, all of whom assumed it was a real tree and commented on how lucky we were to find such a beauty!
No luck involved, just a little help from the elves at Christmas Tree World!