Every family has its own unique way of decorating for the holidays. But of all the holiday adornment, the Christmas tree is most important. The tree is the centerpiece for everything else in your home: it’s really the deciding factor on how your holiday spirit is judged. The Christmas tree is also the most communal decoration, as it takes a team effort from your entire family to dress it up right.

Christmas Ltd. has over 200 replica trees that are realistic, affordable, distinct, and useable for every year. We’ve made a short list of our ten favorite Christmas trees available in our online store. Whether you prefer traditional, modern, or transcendental tree designs, Christmas Ltd. has every tree you could ask.

 

1. Peanuts Charlie Brown Christmas with Linus Blanket:

 Peanuts Charlie Brown Christmas with Linus Blanket

In Linus’ words, “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” If you’re feeling disheartened by holiday commercialism, the Peanuts Charlie Brown Christmas tree will fill your home with heart just like it did for the Peanuts gang.

The iconic Charlie Brown Christmas Tree is an adorable recreation of the classic tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Complete with Linus’s blanket and the signature red ornament, this tree can be used on your table, floor, yard, or even as your main Christmas tree. The true meaning of Christmas doesn’t come with the tree’s size: it comes with its ability to bring everyone together. What tree is better at doing that?

 

2. Sterling Inc. Longwood Pine Christmas Tree:

 Sterling Inc. Longwood Pine Christmas Tree

Decorating a Christmas tree is always fun. But when your holiday duties are stacking up, it can be nice to have the work done for you. Our Longwood Pine Christmas Tree helps you with the holiday rush by having its own lights. You can simply put the tree up, plug it in, and it is ready to go. This 9-foot tree comes with a choice between multicolored lights or clear lights.

 

3. GKI Bethlehem 7.5’ Hunter Fir Ready:

 GKI Bethlehem 7.5’ Hunter Fir Ready

You know the song “Oh Christmas Tree”? Well, this is that tree.

Never again will you need to line up for the Christmas tree lot with false hopes of finding the perfect one. Never again will you spend hours trotting around in the forest looking for the perfect tree, slave over cutting it down, and then try to figure out how to get it home. The Bethlehem Hunter Fir Ready has the classic shape and size to garner your holiday magic every year. In addition, the tree’s pole also serves as the power outlet for all your lights. With the Instant Power Technology patented pole, no more ugly wires will be stretching across the room and stealing the atmosphere. You just have one simple, beautiful tree that can be lit in seconds.

 

4. GKI Bethlehem Snowy Pine Flocked Medium Pre Lit Christmas Tree

 GKI Bethlehem Snowy Pine Flocked Medium Pre Lit Christmas Tree

 Why dream of a white Christmas when you can have one? With coated leaves of ivory snow color, The Bethlehem Snowy Pin Flocked Christmas tree brings the white Christmas right into your living room. This tree brings a unique magic as it looks like it was brought straight in from a snowy meadow. In addition to its natural beauty and snow effects, the tree comes with clear lights that accent its flocked branches and glistening pine leaves.

 

5. Kurt Adler 7’ Pine Pre Lit Multicolored LED Christmas Tree

 Kurt Adler 7’ Pine Pre Lit Multicolored LED Christmas Tree

The Kurt Adler Pine is our most passionately colored Christmas tree. Its leaves are a perfected vision of rich green only seen in the likes of oil paintings. The color tone recreates the healthy, lively leaves of springtime to brighten your home during the cold winter months. This 7-foot tree also comes with 300 multicolored LED lights and 1026 branch tips where you can hang every ornament, tinsel, or candy cane you have!

 

6. Raz 7.5’ Flat Flocked Pre Lit Christmas Tree in Urn Stand

 Raz 7.5’ Flat Flocked Pre Lit Christmas Tree in Urn Stand

 

The silver cascading Raz Flat Flocked Christmas Tree is both realistic and enchanting. Even though it’s a towering 7.5 feet tall, the width only takes up 18 inches of ground space: making it the perfect tree for homes with tight spaces. The tree is set in an urn stand and is pre lit with 250 incandescent lights.

 

7. Season’s Designs Dorchester Redi Shape Pre Lit Christmas Tree

 Season’s Designs Dorchester Redi Shape Pre Lit Christmas Tree

The Dorchester Redi is one of our most versatile and customizable trees. This tree has natural essence with its rich green pine leaves and winter pinecones. In addition to its lifelike beauty, the Dorchester Redi comes in three different heights of 4.5 feet, 7.5 feet, or 9 feet. The tree can come pre lit with warm white LED lights, or it can be issued unlit if you wish to decorate the lights yourself.

 

8. Park View Elm Blossom LED Christmas Tree

Park View Elm Blossom LED Christmas Tree

 

Nothing captures the full essence of Christmas decoration quite like the metropolitan areas. The city park trees in particular are a unique sight during the holiday season. Sure, it’s just a simple park tree with just a few branches, but its shape, lighting, and feel adds magic to it. Now you can bring that astonishing urban atmosphere into your own home with the Park View Elm Blossom LED Christmas Tree. With its warm white LED lights and clear firefly leaves, this is the perfect tree for either indoor or outdoor ornamentation.

 

9. Sterling Inc. 7’ Fairmont Pine Christmas Tree

 Sterling Inc. 7’ Fairmont Pine Christmas Tree

The Fairmont Pine Christmas Tree is vibrant in color and realistic in style. Its pine leaves are rich green and its 500 incandescent multicolored lights accent the tree’s neat stature. If you want a tree that looks fresh out of the woods all year round, this is the perfect one for you.

 

10. Sterling Inc. Pink Ashley Pre Lit Christmas Tree

Sterling Inc. Pink Ashley Pre Lit Christmas Tree

Feeling trendy? The Pink Ashley Pre Lit Christmas Tree comes in the hottest pink a plant could ever be. Not only is the tree’s color bright and youthful, but it’s also adorned with matching pink incandescent lights to set the mood for any hot holiday party. The Pink Ashley comes in the full-sized 7-foot height or the more manageable 4.5-foot.

These are just a few of the many trees we have available. They all differ in style, so you several options when deciding which is perfect for your home. Click here to take a look at our store and find the reusable Christmas tree that’s just right for you!

Advent calendars are those adorable “countdown to Christmas” calendars that you put up every December. They all usually start on December 1st, informing us that there are 24 days left until Christmas. These calendars are often made in the form of one giant card. One popular design is a house with 25 windows (one for each day until Christmas). For each passing December day, you open a new window to reveal a number, which represents how many days are left until Christmas. Advent calendars have also taken the form of daily calendars, where the top of the calendar reads “days until Christmas” and each page turned represents one day closer to Christmas.

Many of the Advent calendars sold today are secular holiday-themed. However, Advent calendars have been around for over 150 years and their roots are religiously- based. Below, we have put together a quick history lesson so you can find out exactly how the Advent calendar started.

 

What is Advent?

In Christian churches, Advent is the season of preparation for the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term “advent” comes from the Latin term “adventus,” which translates to “coming.”

Even though our current Advent calendars have a 25-day countdown to Christmas, the season of Advent is actually 28 days long. It starts on the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day, which is November 30th (St. Andrew is the patron saint of many European and Eastern European countries). This day marks the start of the liturgical year and the nearest Sunday marks the start of the Advent calendar. Since Advent is a 28-day season that doesn’t always start on the same day, the countdown doesn’t always end on Christmas Day. However, many churches have now adopted December 1st as the beginning of the Advent season and December 25th as the end. Probably wise, right?

 

History of the Advent Calendar

History of the Advent Calendar

The first-known Advent Calendar was made in 1839. This calendar was hung in a relief house in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to this, it was common for Protestant and Lutheran families to have their own “marking system” that counted down the days until Christmas. One known method was for families to draw chalk lines on their doors for each passing day leading up to the holiday. This would explain why the Advent calendar door/window design is still so popular!

Leading up to the 20th century, people began making more homemade Advent calendars. It was an especially popular German Christmas tradition, as children would draw Christmas pictures on 24 pieces of paper and hang them around their house for each day in December. This would inspire the first print Advent calendar.

In the early 1900s, Gerhard Lang created the first print Advent calendar in Germany. His version was actually inspired by a makeshift Advent calendar that his mother made for his family during his youth. His mother’s card featured 24 colored pictures that attached to a piece of cardboard and a piece of candy. Lang stuck with this method; only he added small doors that you open to reveal the pictures. This is the design commonly known today.

During this same time period, German newspapers also started including Advent calendar inserts during December. German print company Sankt Johannis further-developed Lang’s idea by producing Advent calendars with Bible verses behind each window. The Advent calendars grew in popularity until World War II, when manufacturers were forced to shut down due to the war’s rationing on cardboard. But by this time in the 1940s, Advent Calendars had branched out of Germany and were starting to take root in both American and European culture. These calendars’ designs ranged from secular holiday-themes with chocolate candies, to religious illustrations and Bible quotes.

That pretty much brings us up to date! Advent calendars started as a German holiday tradition in the mid 19th century and was eventually popularized by the rest of the world one hundred years later. Today, Advent calendars are made in the form of stockings, window-houses, cupboards, Christmas trees, and chocolate boxes. What’s your favorite kind of Advent calendar?

As your child ages into the teen years, you may struggle to find ways to continue the holiday bonding. In their infancy, it was easy. In toddler years, you had to try harder but it was still not that difficult. All you needed was prepared ideas. Now that your child is a teenager, they’re not under your supervision at all times anymore. You’re not 100% sure of their likes or interests at this point. They’ve made new friends at school, are involved in new activities, and no longer show interest towards finger painting or snow globes. What do you do to keep holiday traditions going between you and your teen?

Christmas Ltd. is here to save the day with fresh new ideas. Here are 9 ways that you can continue the Christmas bond. These grown-up activities can be equally meaningful experiences as those from their toddler years. More importantly, they now have the power to help others in the season of giving:

  1. Volunteer: Christmas is the best time of year for your teenager to get involved in selfless causes. There are many different volunteer efforts your teen can get involved in. These include ringing the Goodwill donations bell, bringing donated gifts to foster homes, or spending time in nursing homes.
  2. Pick out the Tree: You’ve always needed an extra pair of hands doing this task. Now you have them! Take your teenager out to help you pick and cut down this year’s Christmas tree. Ask them what they think about each tree as you’re both looking: “Is this one too tall?” “Do you like this one?” Make sure to engage your teenager as you pick out the tree together. Don’t just bring your teen as a spectator while you do the work and narrate it. Otherwise, it will be a very boring trip and they won’t want to do it again. Make it a fun learning experience.Pick out the Tree
  3. Go See a Christmas Movie Together: There’s always some kind of holiday movie out during December. Make a tradition to go with the movies with your teenager around Christmas time. Your child is closer to your intellect level now, which means you can go see something you mutually agree on.
  4. Trim the Christmas Tree: Your teenager is nearly full-grown. As a matter of fact, they might even be taller than you. They can now help you trim the tree, as they can reach the higher branches that they couldn’t get to before. Therefore, it can be a true team effort now. You two can even go shopping for new ornaments, tinsel, and lights to make this year’s tree special.
  5.  Put Up the House Christmas Lights: If your teen has some real creative spark in them, they’ll want to join you in decorating the house’s Christmas lights. You two can make a blueprint plan of which colored lights should go where, as well as what other decorations the house should have. You should probably still handle all of the rooftop responsibilities so your teen can observe how careful you have to be up there. Just be sure to set a good example!Put Up the House Christmas Lights
  6.  Make a Special Holiday Dessert Together: Do both of you have a case of the sweet tooth? Open up that cookbook and learn how to make a new holiday dessert together! You can experiment with new recipes and decide on a mutual favorite to make for the entire family on Christmas.
  7.  Send a Card to a Solider: Help your teenager see how fortunate it is to have your entire family together for the holidays. Send a card and care package to a United States solider overseas. Have your teen write a nice message to the solider, wishing them a safe return and happy holiday.
  8.  Bake Christmas Cookies for their Classmates: There’s nothing that classmates and colleagues love more than holiday treats. With some fresh cookies, your teen will be the most popular kid in school by doing something completely kind and unselfish. How dreamy is that? Help your teen make some delicious holiday cookies for their classmates. Snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, and M&M cookies are always safe bets!
  9. Hold a Holiday Party: If you and your teen have a circle of friends that you’d like to celebrate the holiday season with, you could team up and have a holiday party together. This is a great bonding experience as you can meet your teen’s friends and they can meet yours. This way, you can see a little bit more of each other’s lives while also entertaining your own guests. The whole party can even come together at some point for a game of charades!Hold a Holiday Party

 

Just because your teenager is growing up doesn’t mean that your Christmas seasons have to grow apart. It might take more effort to bond with your son or daughter during teenage years, but it can be done as long as you acknowledge their maturity. With this respectable compromise as a parent, you can continue to make the moments together matter.

Once your child has moved past infancy, Christmas becomes a slightly more busy time. You child is no longer a baby who just lies in a crib all day and looks adorable for everyone. They’re now in explore-mode: crawling around the house, looking for something to do, and infinitely curious. This is an exciting time, as your child is getting ahold of their cognition and expressing their earliest forms of ambition and curiosity.

However, you must now work a little bit harder in order to keep them entertained. This is especially true during Christmas. Your child’s toddler days mark the earliest memories they’re going to have later on in life. You want those early recollections of Christmas to be special. In order for that to happen, you have to create some events for the child to participate in. Finding things that keeps a toddler entertained can be a chore. Fear not though: Christmas Ltd. has got you covered with 9 great ideas on what to do with your toddler’s Christmas!

1. Visit Santa: After a few years of learning about the big guy through picture books and movies, your toddler will be star-struck to finally meet thee Santa Claus! Take your toddler to the mall, toy store, or wherever Santa is making an appearance. Accompany your child during their first celebrity encounter, snap some pictures, but be close by if your child gets too overwhelmed.

 

Visit Santa

2. See Christmas Lights: With those early Christmases in the crib, your baby probably didn’t get a chance to see many of those fantastic lights. Make a special night to take your entire family out to the most decorative neighborhoods. Drive by a few houses and find the most concentrated area of decorated homes. Get out and walk around with your toddler so they can experience the first sensory overload of beautiful lights!

3. Make Cookies for Santa: Now that your toddler has finally met Santa, they can start helping out in making his cookies. Don’t let your toddler get too close to the oven or anything hot, but have them help out in mixing the cookie batter and placing the cookies on the plate. The next morning, the cookies will be gone and your toddler will be so proud that they were able to feed Santa.

 4. Painting: Arts and crafts are a great way to fill an afternoon with your toddler. There are so many fun ways that you can make paintings and pictures together. Here are a few great ideas:

  • Using cookie cutters to paint stars and trees
  • Painting holly leaves with a potato
  • Finger painting with Christmas colors
  • Sponge painting Christmas lights

5. Make a Frame Ornament out of Popsicle Sticks: For the last few years, you’ve made and bought new ornaments for your child. Now, they’re old enough to give you a hand. You can get them started with the classic picture frame ornament constructed out of Popsicle sticks. This way, you and your toddler can have an experience creating something together, while you also gain an ornament where you can put a picture of them in the toddler years.

 6Make a Gingerbread House: A gingerbread house can be very easy to make. Not only does it give you a chance to work together with your toddler, but it also results in a very tasty reward in the end for you both!

Make a Gingerbread House

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7. Make Reindeer Hand Ornaments: The cutout reindeer hand ornaments give you and your toddler a chance to be crafty and creative. All you really need is brown construction paper, googley eyes, fuzzy pipe cleaner, and some red felt buttons. Be sure to help your toddler when cutting out the hand’s shape from the construction paper! 

8. Make Pine Cone Christmas Trees: Making a pinecone Christmas tree is a very fun, simple task. Not only that, but it also teaches your toddler how to be imaginative. By showing your toddler that you can make art out of an old pinecone, it will open their mind for all sorts of new ideas. 

9. Hang Candy Canes on the Tree: Hanging Christmas tree candy canes is a great tradition to start. Create an assembly line effort as your toddler retrieves candy canes and you lift him/her up to put the candy canes on the higher parts of the tree where they cannot reach.

Hang Candy Canes on the Tree

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As a parent, the most important thing for you to concentrate on this: create fun memories. Do something enjoyable for both you and your toddler. Be patient if they don’t like every activity you try out. It’s okay! Just take note on what your toddler likes more. Formulate other similar activities based on their likes and you’ll do just fine.

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