Every year the Christmas holidays seem to sneak upon us. We vow that next year will be different but Thanksgiving occurs and the next thing you know, the race is on. Every year, millions of real trees are purchased by eager shoppers. But, how would you like to have a cashmere Christmas tree that looks just as real as a real one?
Cashmere Christmas trees are artificial Christmas trees that are fluffier than a regular artificial Christmas trees. This is due to the tips of the tree that have been treated with the soft wool from Kashmir goats. You can find these trees at many retailers or even online.
In the United States, you can choose from around 35 different types of Christmas trees. The most popular of all the fresh trees for the holidays is the Balsam Fir for it’s vibrant scent of pine. You can look and look but you will never come across a cashmere Christmas tree at a real tree lot. Keep reading to learn where you can get your own cashmere Christmas tree!
What Exactly Is A Cashmere Christmas Tree?
Okay, just the sound of it makes the cashmere Christmas tree sound soft and cozy, and luxurious. It does have all those traits, but the one thing it doesn’t do is grow in the ground.
Since the beginning of this festive holiday tradition, there have been two schools of thought: real Christmas trees or artificial ones.
Each side does have its valid points.
Before you decide that a cashmere tree is for you, let’s look at all the facts first so you can get just the right tree for you and your family this Christmas.
What Made Us Start Putting Live And Artificial Trees In Our Homes Anyway?
Before we start our list of the pros and cons of real versus artificial trees, how about we find out when and why we started putting them in our living rooms in the first place.
So, the origin of Christmas trees began in Germany in late 1400. While December 25 is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus, Christmas actually was inspired to honor the day of Adam and Eve on December 24.
While the use of evergreen plants was used to commemorate many special occasions in centuries past, how did Christmas trees evolve from this custom?
Original references note that the use of tree branches was called paradise trees and used during several Christian holidays. This practice evolved into what was called “Christbaum”, which translates to Christ tree.
During this time, people would take tree branches and plant them in hopes that they would bloom by Christmas.
Interestingly, this may be when the first artificial trees were developed as well. If people didn’t have enough money for these planted pots they would create a tree-like figure out of wood decorating it to look festive.
While trees were used in outdoor celebrations, a preacher in the 16th century was credited with bringing the tree indoors.
As he was walking through a forest, the preacher became enamored with the beauty of the trees and the way the twinkling stars appeared through the branches. He decided to bring this beauty into his home and this tradition continues to this day.
Many of the decorative items evolved during this time with fabric wrapped around the base of the tree were the first tree skirts.
Trees were adorned with food items at first and tinsel was inspired by the handiwork of glistening spider webs. And Christmas tree lights were created by a friend of Thomas Edison who put around 80 colored bulbs together and wrapped them around his tree. You can read more about that in the Library of Congress’ blog if you’d like!
When Did Bringing Trees Indoors Begin In The United States?
Decorating trees as well as singing Christmas carols quickly became adopted as time went on in the United States.
As people from Germany began migrating to the U.S., they brought their holiday traditions with them.
Now to match that to a specific date, the indoor Christmas trees began in our country in the 1830s according to the University of Florida.
Real Or Fake – Is One Really Christmas Tree Better Than The Other?
Many factors go into choosing a Christmas tree. Before you start going over the more than 35 different kinds of trees you can find fresh and their counterparts that you can buy online or at the store, you need to decide if you want a real tree or an artificial tree.
Here are some differences for each version.
Cashmere And Artificial Christmas Trees
Fake Christmas trees will tend to run you in the triple digit cost figure range. The cost of an artificial tree is a little higher than a real tree because you could have full use of the fake tree for about 10 years and MANY come with lights already.
Finding Cashmere Christmas Trees
If you are interested in buying a cashmere Christmas tree you can shop online and look at the different available styles.
The Home Heritage Cascade Cashmere Christmas Tree is a great choice, it’s not overly big or small and comes already lit with white or clear eco-friendly LED lights to save you money and energy. You won’t have to drive around looking for Christmas tree lights.
Additionally, Home Heritage’s tree comes with different sizing options so you can easily measure your space and get the proper fitting tree.
Regardless, if you are interested in getting a cashmere Christmas tree you won’t have any trouble finding one. A simple search online will provide you with more options to purchase from.
Even though they sound high-end and exotic, you can find one at a large retail chain or even online.
Getting The Cashmere Christmas Tree Home & Set Up
Some fake trees come out of the box in numbered pieces making it as easy as 1-2-3 to put together. If you have chosen wisely and bought a tree that already has the Christmas tree lights on it (like the one we mentioned above) you are already ahead of the game.
I remember getting our first apartment Christmas tree at the thrift store – a very expensive tree that we got for cheap and worked beautifully!
Fake Christmas trees are the “set it (up) and forget it” of the holiday decorating category. Once you find exactly where you would like to set it up and get the ornaments and lights on, you can just enjoy it until it’s time to take it down and pack it away until next year.
One of the things you do give up when you choose an artificial tree is the refreshing and comfortable scent of a freshly cut pine tree. You can supplement your atmosphere with these Belle Aroma® Scented Holiday Ornaments that give you that Christmas-y, pine aroma you were missing from your cashmere tree.
Real Christmas Trees
While the cost of buying a real tree could range from under tens of dollars to several hundred. While this price seems lower compared to an artificial tree, you have to figure this rate every year for ten years to compare it to the one-time price of an artificial tree.
Finding Real Christmas Trees
The good news is you should have no trouble finding a Christmas tree lot! You may have to shop around because the cost of trees can be competitive and you will want to find the best tree at the best price. One of the best places is a lot that is selling trees to benefit a school or a local charity.
Once you find your perfect tree you will have to have someone from the lot help you strap it to the top of your car. Getting your tree home you will need additional help getting it off the top of the car and into the spot where you want to set it up.
When you are setting up your real Christmas tree you should make sure that you don’t purchase it too far in advance. A real tree is a perishable item and has a limited shelf life.
Sizing Real Christmas Trees
The other thing that you have to deal with when setting up a real Christmas tree is cutting it to the correct size.
You may have to make adjustments to the height of your real tree as well as make sure that the base fits into your tree holder. It may take a few cuts and shavings here and there to make sure your tree fits properly and it is not off to one side.
You should also measure your ceiling height to match that to your tree as well.
How Long Real Christmas Trees Stay Fresh For
The average time your tree will stay fresh is about 5 weeks. There are no special additives you need to keep your real Christmas tree alive other than freshwater. You should check the water level every day so that your tree doesn’t dry out and you should mist the needles!
Try to place your Christmas tree in a location that is not in front of a sunny window as well as away from any especially warm areas. You will know if your tree is starting to fade when the number of needles it is shedding is growing every day.
Before you shop for your real Christmas tree you should know ahead of time if there are any trees that you or any members of your family are allergic to.
Knowing ahead of time will ensure that there are no unnecessary reactions to deal with over the holidays.
Because of the dried-out needles from a real Christmas tree, they should be removed as they’re basically kindling as they dry out. Keep your tree well-watered and make sure to remove the fallen needles from around the tree as quickly as possible.
What Makes A Cashmere Christmas Tree Different From Regular Fake Trees?
A cashmere Christmas tree is fluffier than a regular artificial Christmas tree because the tips have been treated with the soft wool from Kashmir goats.
When the tips of the tree are covered with this downy type of wool it results in a split-ends effect. This treatment enhances the tree’s branches expanding them and leaving them looking like they are naturally frosted with snow.
Are There Different Kinds Of Cashmere Christmas Trees To Choose From?
Most cashmere Christmas trees are created from a variety of pine trees. They come in green or white and it is easy to find them pre-lit for your convenience.
Sizes range from five feet to 12 feet in height and the width varies based on the number of branches and the fullness that was created with the application of the goat fur.
The price of cashmere Christmas trees ranges from inexpensive for a small tabletop tree to hundreds of dollars for a taller, fuller version.
Besides being decorated with lights, many are also adorned with pinecones and red berries. With hundreds to choose from it’s easy to find just the right one for you!
Can You Turn Your Existing Fake Tree Into A Cashmere Christmas Tree?
While there is no way you would want to tie pieces of soft wool on every branch of your existing artificial tree, there are some simple ways you can enhance it and make it more plush and fuller.
These tips are very easy to do and much less expensive than purchasing a whole new Christmas tree. You can use one or all of these ideas and you will have your own plush cashmere tree before Christmas!
Use Garland To Decorate The Branches
To start, fill in sparse areas with garland that is the same color as your tree. Most trees already do have areas that are not filled in but they are covered up with gold or silver garland. If you use a green garland on the branches of your green tree it will look fuller instantly.
If you are not a fan of garland you can always take a nice thick red plaid ribbon and fill in the areas making it look like it’s gift-wrapped. You could also keep the glitzy feeling going with a wide shiny gold ribbon.
Another fun idea is picking up some floral picks at a craft store and inserting them into some of the sparse areas to fill them in. Pinecones would look great while adding a natural look.
Use Big And Small Lights To Decorate The Tree
You can also try using a combination of big and small lights on your tree. When you vary it this way you are adding another way to fill in empty spaces. When the lights are on they will match up nicely and reflect on the ornaments and garland in a more even manner.
You will be amazed at how much just the addition of a couple of strings of larger bulbs will brighten your tree making it look so much fuller. This will work with clear bulbs as well as colored lights.
Use Large Ornaments
Another idea that will make your tree look fuller is to use larger ornaments. Even if you already have your ornaments, a quick trip to a dollar store could provide you with a couple of boxes of bigger ornaments for under five dollars.
Pick bold colors or use the colors of Christmas, red and green, or silver and blue, to change the tone a little.
If you would still like to give it a more cashmere look, let it snow! Use a can of flocking on all the branches or just fill in where you think it needs a boost.
Find a large colorful plush blanket to wrap around the base of your tree. This will add to the look of your tree and make it appear heavier than it really is.
That’s A Wrap!
Whether you use any one of the tips listed here or all of them, you will definitely see an improvement in the fullness of your artificial Christmas tree.
With the addition of a pine spray, scented candles, and vibrant shiny ornaments you can create a beautiful yet homey atmosphere for your friends and family members to create new holiday memories.
Thanks for sticking around and learning all about cashmere Christmas trees, what they are and where to get them!
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