My fondest childhood Christmas memory is setting up the Christmas tree as a family while listening to my mom's Anne Murray Christmas album. (Yes, an album... as in record. I'm not that young, you know!)
Setting up the tree is one of the very first things I like to do to get into the holiday swing of things. I would love to have a large beautiful tree like the one we had as a child, but living in a tiny 1-bedroom apartment prevents that. Last year we didn't have a tree. =( This year I was delighted to find the perfect apartment-sized one!
I think this little tree was made especially for us! It stands only four feet tall (about to my shoulder) and is very light (I was able to carry it up three flights of stairs on my own). It takes up very little space but provides plenty of Christmas cheer. When I first saw it in the store, I was immediately impressed by its quality for such a low price. The branches are very full, and seem to be just as resiliant as the ones on a larger, more expensive tree. The re-usability also makes this tree a bargain. $14.99 is a small price to pay for a tree that can be used year after year.
This particular tree comes in one piece, which I suppose could be a pro and a con. I like it because I don't have to fiddle with the pieces to put it together and then try to hide the seam(s) by adjusting the branches. On the flipside, one piece means that it is still four feet long when the time comes to store it. However, like all artificial trees, the branches do fold up, making for a very skinny storage box. Overall, I think the size is quite managable, even when space is hard to come by.
I am convinced that this is the perfect tree for anyone living in an apartment. It might also function well as a secondary tree for people living in larger homes. I could see it fitting nicely into a den or a child's bedroom.
I choose the unlit version of this tree, but there is also a pre-lit version for $24.99, if you prefer not dealing with long strings of Christmas lights.
While I purchased this at Zehrs, I'd imagine it would be available at any of the Loblaws stores, as they are a large chain. They own Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer, Real Canadian Superstore, and Loblaws grocery stores, so you are bound to find one in your area.