Pre-lit Artificial Christmas Trees - The New Versatility of Christmas Trees Inspire Holiday Decorating Ideas

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Christmas trees have long been the centerpiece in holiday home decorating. Their high maintenance and high price have spurred unique innovations in Christmas trees, making holiday decorating easier, versatile and more personalized than ever before

Fresh-cut Christmas trees are the centerpiece in more than 30 million homes every December, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. But no one can deny that fresh-cut trees are cumbersome, messy, high maintenance and high priced. Ever since the introduction of the first artificial Christmas trees—created in 1930 by the Addis Brush Company, utilizing their toilet brush machinery—Americans have been trying to re-create and re-invent the classic, fresh-cut Christmas tree. But today, Christmas trees come in so many imaginative, versatile and personalized new forms, they inspire terrific holiday decorating ideas and put the fun back into decking the boughs!

The tabletop pre-lit Christmas tree is one of this year's hottest holiday accents, according to, the premier Internet shopping site for collectibles and giftware. Tabletop trees give home and professional decorators a lot of options for adding Christmas spirit. "I think that part of the allure of the tabletop Christmas tree has to do with its versatility," says Nancy Giagnacova, an avid Christmas collector who scours gift shops and Christmas specialty stores throughout the year for unique Christmas decorations and collectibles. "I use several miniature artificial trees to display my ornament collections," Giagnacova adds. "They're the perfect size—from 15 inches to 4-1/2 feet—so I can put them anywhere." Not only do tabletop Christmas trees add a touch of Christmas cheer to kitchen or coffee tables, they can also inspire the holiday spirit in an apartment, dorm room or office cubicle where a full-sized tree wouldn't fit.

Fully decorated "theme" tabletop trees are the newest incarnation of the Christmas tree, adding a unique new twist of personalization. Football fans can unite team spirit with Christmas spirit with the tabletop NFL team Christmas tree. Ready-to-display, with hand-blown glass ornaments, garlands, pre-strung lights, it even boasts a miniature train moving around the base. All the decorations sport individual NFL team logos, colors and emblems, so football fans can choose the tree that honors their favorite NFL team.

Collectible sculptural themed tabletop trees have skyrocketed in popularity this year, showcasing such beloved collectible favorites as the Precious Moments® angels, Norman Rockwell, Thomas Kinkade, Snow Angels® and The Simpsons™. Especially meaningful this year is the collectible patriotic tabletop tree honoring the U.S. Marines Corps. Each of the exclusive Christmas decorating collectibles mentioned here are available online at

According to a 2002 National Christmas Tree Association study, out of all the American homes with Christmas trees, 68 percent were artificial trees. Technology has come a long way from the stiff bottlebrush trees of the '50s and '60s. Today's stately artificial Christmas trees are astonishingly realistic, with rich, natural green colors, dense branches and lush greenery that looks fresh-cut. Their easy maintenance is well-known—no more sawing, trimming or bare spots to turn to the wall. The most popular artificial Christmas trees are even pre-lit, so holiday decorators pressed for time can focus on the perfect place to hang treasured ornaments instead of tediously untangling and testing light strings.

Tree shoppers can even enjoy the ultimate in shopping ease—buying a luxuriant pre-lit artificial Christmas tree online! The Christmas Tree Shop at offers a variety of premium-quality pre-lit artificial trees in the most popular sizes, shapes and hues. Produced by Roman Lights, they're easy to assemble, with high-performance features that add fresh-cut holiday elegance to any home with minimal fuss. These are the same superior quality artificial trees preferred by professional decorators.

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