Department 56 Lighted Christmas Bare Branch Tree by Department 56
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In terms of the environment, you may wish to consider where the tree has been raised as many are transported from overseas. How full is the tree (scale of 1-10, with 10 being the fullest)? On a fluff scale, I'd rate the tree an 8! There are some gaps that I will fill in with ornaments and lights. In some areas, you can hire a Christmas tree in a pot which will be delivered and then collected. Although you'll pay a premium for this service, it may be useful, especially if you don't have a car to transport your tree or find lifting and carrying difficult. How long did it take to fluff and prepare your tree? Did you see a lot of needle loss in the process? All in all, it took me about 15 minutes to put together and fluff my tree! It was really straightforward to assemble, and the tree itself has a variety of textures in the branches which helped to minimize fluffing and maximize shape. there were minimal to no needles lost in the process! How easy was it to assemble your tree (scale of 1-10, 10 being the easiest)? 8. The tree was really easy to assemble in that you don't have to mess around with any light strands, but I gave it an 8 as the bottom sections are quite large and heavy to maneuver for one person
When buying a tree in a pot, always buy one that is labelled 'pot grown' as this has spent its whole life in a pot; 'potted' trees tend to be cheaper but they often die as they've been dug up from the field they were grown in and put in a pot, which results in root damage. How full is the tree (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the fullest)? I’m going with a 7 because I grew up with real trees at my parent’s so I can tell a difference with this one. That said, I just filled in the gaps with plenty of ornaments. Many people like to have a tree in a pot with hopes to keep it from year to year. Bear in mind that Christmas trees make enormous specimens when planted in the ground and are only suitable for large gardens. If you'd like a tree to keep for several years, it's best kept on the patio outside of the festive season. It'll need watering whenever the compost feels dry when you push your fingers in and feeding with a Best Buy liquid plant food during spring and summer. Watch out for aphids which sometimes will infest the tree. Did your tree live up to your expectations and was the size accurate? The tree exceeded my expectations. It's huge. It's the largest tree fake tree I've ever seen, outside of the crazy large ones on display at places like Disneyland. Yes. I'm totally obsessed with real Fraser Christmas trees, and let me tell you, this one blew me away. And can we talk about how full and perfectly shaped it is? It's like the Christmas tree of my dreams. Plus, no stressing about overwatering or my kids making a mess. It's a game-changer for our holiday setup, especially in our apartment with its unpredictable temperatures. So glad I went for it!Did your tree live up to your expectations and was the size accurate? Yes, it’s fluffed and tall, I love the finished product. I have high ceilings with a spacious living room—making it the perfect addition for my space. If you are in a smaller space, keep in mind, it will take up a lot of room! For the tree to look as good as it can on Christmas Day, buy it as near to Christmas as you can - although this year a lot of people seem to be putting them up much earlier than before. Did your tree live up to your expectations and was the size accurate? I chose this tree because it was the perfect size to fit in our stairwell, and it lived up to the expectations. The 9' version is a relatively slim 33 inches around, so it's perfect for an area that's small in diameter but has room for something with a lot of height (like an alcove next to a staircase). I'm very pleased with how it looks. The colored lights are cheerful and fun and can also be switched to white if you want to keep it classy.
Clamp your tree securely into a Christmas-tree stand to prevent it toppling over and taking the decorations with it. Did your tree come with lights or decor? If so, how easy was it to install? (On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the easiest)? Yes! It came with pre-strung lights, but you had to string each of the four sections together. It was not complicated, though, and each connector had a tag attached to it so they were all easy to spot. I'd give it a 10 for ease. Did your tree come with lights or decor? If so, how easy was it to install? (On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the easiest)? I’m going with a 9. My tree was fully lit, none of the lights were out or broken, and connecting them wasn’t all that difficult.Did your tree come with lights or decor? If so, how easy was it to install? (On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the easiest)? My tree came with lights and there was no installation required as the tree was pre-lit, so I would score this part a 10, super easy. Did your tree come with lights or decor? if so, how easy was it to install? (scale of 1-10, 10 being the easiest)? As mentioned above, it comes with lights—but since they're already attached and there's no need to plug together strands, there's nothing to do. So it's a 10/10 for easy light installation! Did your tree come with lights or decor? If so, how easy was it to install? (scale of 1-10, 10 being the easiest) Yes, the tree came with pre-installed lights, which were very easy. I'd give it a 9!
How long did it take to fluff and prepare your tree? Did you see a lot of needle loss in the process? The process of fluffing the tree took roughly an hour with a few breaks in between to rest my arms—a nice arm workout! I started from the bottom, opening up each branch, making my way up the three labeled sections. The top was a bit difficult to reach, as I am 5’ 5” and it’s a 7.5’ tall tree. My handy step ladder came of great use! Overall, the process was a clean one. I saw no needle loss. Next time I’d maybe consider having a few friends over to help fluff and decorate. If you have kids, it might be a fun task though it will be repetitive. Did your tree come with lights or decor? If so, how easy was it to install? (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the easiest)? 8. The tree came with no lights or decor and was easy to install. The bottom section was a bit on the heavier side, I’d take that into consideration if installing solo. How long did it take to fluff and prepare your tree? Did you see a lot of needle loss in the process? Very easy. It took less than five minutes from start to finish and I didn’t notice any needle loss. As a mom, I appreciate the easy setup – no fuss, no mess.