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A Guide To Christmas Trees, From Real To Real Fake

<p>Still haven't procured your Christmas tree? Here are your options—from real to fake to metallic to vintage! Or all of the above if you want your apartment to look like the above (this is Lily's studio apartment in the Bronx, in <em>How I Met Your Mother</em>). But first, maybe you should figure out <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/chicago/inspiration/christmas-tree-stylewhats-yours-133087">what your tree style is</a>.</p>


<p>Pining for the days of metallic Christmas trees? Etsy is the place to go. They have a wide selection of vintage offerings—like this <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/87845156/winter-wonderland-beautyfrothy-vintage?ref=sr_gallery_37&amp;ga_search_submit=&amp;ga_search_query=christmas+tree+white&amp;ga_view_type=gallery&amp;ga_ship_to=US&amp;ga_search_type=vintage&amp;ga_facet=vintage">white tree</a> for $44.95, or perhaps you prefer a plug in <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/87529694/small-ceramic-light-up-christmas-tree?ref=sr_gallery_24&amp;ga_search_submit=&amp;ga_search_query=christmas+tree&amp;ga_view_type=gallery&amp;ga_ship_to=US&amp;ga_search_type=vintage&amp;ga_facet=vintage">ceramic tree</a> ($21).</p>


<p>Have a tiny apartment but still want a Christmas tree of your own? Fred Flare has a couple of options, like this classic <a href="http://www.fredflare.com/APARTMENT-toys-and-novelties/Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Tree/">Charlie Brown Christmas Tree</a> ($20) that not even the Grinch himself could resist. And then there's the <a href="http://www.fredflare.com/APARTMENT-outdoors/Christmas-Tree-In-A-Tube/">Christmas tree in a tube</a> ($14), which is actually a <em>real tree</em>. They explain, "Watch it grow indoors this winter, then let it flourish outside when spring weather allows."</p>



<p>Amazon has tons of fake Christmas tree options. These are both reasonably priced. On the left you have a 5-foot tall pre-lit tree for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wood-Trail-Pine-Artificial-Christmas/dp/B005MZ569S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1323108293&amp;sr=8-1">just $33.59</a>. And for the smaller apartment, on the right is a 3' x 27" for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pre-Lit-Eastern-Spruce-Artificial-Christmas/dp/B0045VMWNS/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1323108372&amp;sr=8-26">just $29.99</a> (with an option for both white and multi-colored lights).</p>


<p>Meanwhile, there's always the real thing. Our own <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/tienmao/status/143073076932911104">Tien Mao</a> procured this Canadian beauty for just 30 bucks at Home Depot. If you get a real one (<a href="http://gothamist.com/2011/11/29/behold_gothamists_2011_christmas_tr.php">here's our map</a> of vendors), <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/money/tips-buying-a-fresh-christmas-tree-green-green-article-1.985947#ixzz1ffggUmDj">the Daily News</a> asked some tree vendors for some tips recently—out of the Fraser fir, the Canadian balsam, the Noble fir, and the Douglas fir (those are the trees you'll typically find being sold on the city streets), opinions were pretty split. </p><p>The Fraser fir has "30 branches, it’s highly scented, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t last until January 10th," said one vendor. Another prefers the Noble fir, saying it's "lusher and prettier." It's also the most expensive, so he may just be trying to move some units! Meanwhile, the Canadian balsam lasts the longest, for those who want to keep their tree up well past the acceptable date (you know who you are). </p><p>For keeping your tree healthy, it's recommended you "soak the trunk in hot water with a few tablespoons of sugar for three days, then keep it in lukewarm water." And we personally recommend getting a tree <a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/12/07/the_view_from_the_streets_3_henry_r.php">from The Romp family</a>, because it can be delivered in a sports car!</p>