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April 29, 2020
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The Tabletop Christmas Tree - A Christmas Tree Can Fit Anywhere

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I love Christmas trees, especially the real big ones, but many of us have practical size requirements. Very often we may have limited space, either at home or perhaps at a secondary location like a front hall or office. Smaller trees are perfect for these locations, and are typically called tabletop Christmas trees.

So what is the definition of a tabletop Christmas tree? It's simply a smaller tree. It may or may not sit on a tabletop, for example I have a small one in the office sitting on the floor in an unused corner.

A tabletop Christmas tree might be a natural live tree, but just a smaller one, say 3 or 4 feet tall. It can also be a potted tree, for example a decorated bonsai or topiary or even a Norfolk Island Pine. Ceramic ones are popular as well as my mother has one I made for her in ceramics class when I was 7 years old.

Most tabletop Christmas trees however are artificial trees, which you can use and reuse every year. Common heights are around three foot tall to perhaps 4 or five feet tall. You can get high quality trees that look extremely real, sometimes looking like a specific tree, for example a green or blue Monroe Pine, Aberdeen Pine, Alberta Pine, Douglas Fir, Mountain Fir and more. You can also choose a tree that doesn't resemble a natural tree and silver and red are popular colors.

Each year I buy a large natural tree, maybe 7-8 feet tall, plus I also have two artificial tabletop trees. One is silver and goes on a table in the front of the house and one is a natural looking artificial tree that goes in my office.

I went with artificial for the tabletop trees for convenience reasons. Quick setup, no watering, no pine needles to pick up, no trip to select and buy a tree and no hassle getting rid of the tree afterwards either. You however may prefer a natural tree, which obviously will have a lovely aroma missing with my tabletop choices. Artificial is also more economical. Here in rural New Hampshire a natural tree, whether tabletop size or other, costs about fifty dollars and up. I'm sure they are much more expensive in other places. But I can buy a high quality artificial tree for anywhere from $39 and up, and reuse it every year. And I can even buy a cheapie for less, although it will not last as long.

If you are considering a tabletop Christmas tree, there are several things you must decide. Size is obviously one, and will depend on where you will be placing the tree. Of course trees always look bigger inside your house, office, or apartment so err on the smaller side. And are you considering a real or artificial tree? If artificial, do you want a natural looking one or perhaps a silver, red, or other color. There are plenty of decisions to make, but if the tree fits, that's really all that matters!

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