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We Found The Best Faux Christmas Trees, Wreaths, And Garlands To Kick Start Your Holiday Decor

Does it feel a little odd to be thinking about holiday decor as Halloween is just creeping around the corner? Of course. But folks, year after year this decor sells out faster than we can all say trick or treat, and if you are looking to add to your decorations we don’t want you to miss out. As a major procrastinator myself, I think being over-prepared is a virtue. And honestly, I am on team do-what-brings-you-joy and if the coming holidays bring you joy, then let’s get into the spirit sooner rather than later, yeah? If you happen to be all set with decor and are just eagerly awaiting for it to be the appropriate time to start decking your halls, then we hope this post will give you some inspiration. Let’s begin.

The Tree

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: jess’ berry-infused, cozy modern holiday apartment

If you are more of a real Christmas tree person, I totally get it. As a kid, I loved our family tradition of going to the Christmas tree lot and picking out the perfect one. It’s a great way to start the holidays off and create family memories. But if a real tree is not the right fit for you this season, then this section is for you. The fabulous thing about going the faux Christmas tree route is you can put it up as early as your heart desires and don’t have to worry about the constant maintenance required to keep it fresh. And ideally, a faux tree will last many many years so it can be more economical in the long run. So if you are in the market, here are some options that have glowing reviews:

1. Faux Norway Spruce | 2. 7.5 ft. Norwegian Spruce Tree | 3. 6.5ft Pre-Lit Flocked Forest Fir Artificial Christmas Tree | 4. Pine Artificial Christmas Tree | 5. 4 ft Pre-Lit Kincaid Spruce Christmas Tree | 6. Pre-Lit Portland Pine Faux Christmas Tree, 6.5′ | 7. Isenhour Lighted Artificial Pine Christmas Tree | 8. 7’ Frosted Tip British Columbia Mountain Pine Artificial Christmas Tree | 9. Faux Noble Fir | 10. Faux Potted Hemlock Small Pre-Lit LED Christmas Tree | 11. 7’ North Carolina Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree | 12. Lighted Artificial Pine Christmas Tree

I really love the natural look of #1. All of the reviews say that it is incredibly realistic so if you are easing into the faux tree idea, this one would be a great fit. A lot of these are pre-lit which is really nice if you don’t want to fuss with untangling lights for hours. I personally love #10 because it is pre-lit and comes with the matte black pot, but it is only 4′ so it would be best for a small space or kid’s room.

Hot Tip: check the measurements before you buy! Some of these go up to 7′ and some are on the smaller side, so make sure you measure your space so you can get the right fit.

Whether it’s real or faux, your tree needs something to cover up the less-than-aesthetically pleasing tree stand. Tree skirts fan around the base of the tree stand and spread across the floor, providing a place to put presents on whereas a collar is like a band that wraps around the tree stand. Here are some fun options:

1. Woven Seagrass Tree Collar | 2. Luna Rattan Tree Collar | 3. Clara Tree Skirt | 4. Natural Seagrass Woven Tree Collar | 5. Prisha Linen Tree Skirt | 6. 48″ Chenille Christmas Tree Skirt Red | 7. Velvet Christmas Tree Skirt | 8. Linen-blend Christmas Tree Skirt | 9. Bash Gold Christmas Tree Collar 27″ | 10. Handmade Scalloped Christmas Tree Skirt | 11. Skei Wood Natural Christmas Tree Collar 24″ | 12. Cozy Knit Ivory Tree Skirt

#2 is a really cool handmade rattan tree collar that would be perfect for a bohemian-style home. As for tree skirts, I love the cozy look of #12 and #10 is really sweet and also handmade. I also love #6 because a pop of red is never a bad thing.

Wreaths

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: how sara created her first traditional but youthful christmas

If you aren’t ready to commit to a tree yet, a wreath can be the seasonal decor that doesn’t scream “I am ready for the holidays!” There are a lot of different colors and styles to choose from so here are some of our favorites:

1. Faux Hemlock Pine Pre-Lit LED Wreath 28″ | 2. Faux Pampas Taupe Wreath | 3. Snowy Village Light-Up Wreath | 4. Pre-Lit Faux Eucalyptus and Pine Wreath, 28.5″ | 5. Faux Sparkling Pine Wreath w/ Ornaments | 6. Pre-Lit Faux Flocked Wreath | 7. Needle Pine & Snowberry Seasonal Faux Wreath Green/White | 8. Faux Oregan Juniper Wreath, 24″ | 9. Faux Cypress Mixed Berry & Pine Wreath & Garland | 10. Afloral Real Touch Norfolk Pine Wreath – 24″ | 11. Faux Larch Wreath | 12. Faux Cypress Wreath 26″

If you want to go for more of a “winter season” look, #8, #9, #10, #11, and #12 are all great options that look really natural. On the other hand, if you want to lean into the holiday spirit, we love #3, #5, and #7. The white snowberry and hanging brass bells on #7 are really sweet.

Garlands

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: how we decked our halls for christmas

Garlands are one of the simplest holiday decor pieces known to man but they are super impactful. They can be draped over credenzas, curtain rods, tables, and pretty much any other surface you can dream up. They add a beautiful touch of greenery and there are many different styles you can choose from. Here are our top picks:

1. Faux Cypress Garland 72″ | 2. Pre-Lit Faux Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Pine Colle Garland, 10 Ft. | 3. 108” in. Lighted Faux Pinecone Garland | 4. Faux Cedar Garland | 5. Faux Hemlock Pine Pre-Lit LED Garland 74″ | 6. Real Touch Spruce and Pine Cone Garland – 48″ | 7. Hemlock 72” in. Faux Angel Pine Garland | 8. Long Needle Pine with Artificial Juniper Garland | 9. Afloral Real Touch Norfolk Pine Garland – 60″

If you are looking for a garland that will cover a lot of surfaces, #2 is a pretty eucalyptus and pine version that goes up to 10 ft long. For a pre-lit option, we love #5 but if you want to go with something that looks more natural, you can’t go wrong with #9 or #1.

What other holiday content would you like to see from us? Let us know down below. Happy Saturday! xx

Opener Image Credit: Photo by Tessa Neustadt | From: At Home With Ginny for Christmas

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Emma
29 days ago

I would like to see sustainable decor that is not petroleum-based. I would also like to see some evaluation about what makes those design items work for a home of X or Y style. In other words, I would like to see sustainable items with styling tips.

Allison
29 days ago
Reply to  Emma

I have to agree. I love Christmas decorations but am so aware that the piles and piles of items at say, Marshall’s or Homesense are made of oil and are here to stay…I try to keep my decor either cloth, ceramic, or natural: poinsettias, cedar, real tree, things that can be mulched or otherwise are less harmful to the planet. Please. Do an Eco decor post.

DonnaJ
29 days ago
Reply to  Allison

Id like a roundup of biodegradable budget decor. In addition to being terrible for the planet, as the above posters have mentioned, these products all shed microplastics, which concentrate in infants and children and have been proven to harm brain function. Studies are ongoing, but reducing microplastics in the home should be a priority for all of us. https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/public-health/children-cannot-escape-exposure-to-microplastics/https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-infant-poop-is-riddled-with-microplastics-180978770/. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304389422002199.
If people HAVE to buy plastic trees thrift shops and CL tend to have lots of them. I understand that you make money off shopping links but given what we knows it’s not a great look to push these products.

🥰 Rusty
29 days ago
Reply to  DonnaJ

Yes!
If some prople don’t care about the environment, climate change or life on Earth, maybe they care about their oen body?
We eat microplplastic right now and it stays in our bodies:

https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/youre-eating-a-credit-cards-worth-of-plastic-a-week-and-its-killing-your-gut/

🥰 Rusty
29 days ago
Reply to  Allison

Yup.
This is a complete contradictory contrast to Emily’s HVAC post!
🥴

🥰 Rusty
29 days ago
Reply to  Emma

Agreed!

Faux = fake = plastic!
I’m seriouover the plastic junk that remains in landfill for 1000 years.
Choices = consequences for future generations.
🌏

🥰 Rusty
29 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

WYKYK – when you know, you know.

Anna
29 days ago
Reply to  Emma

Agreed. This plastic decor post post coupled with the weird cruise ship Instagram ad yesterday on Emily’s feed is so contradictory to the supposed message of wanting to reduce one’s carbon footprint. The cruise ship ad especially felt so off-brand compared to the more planet-friendly direction I thought this blog was trying to go.

Lesley
29 days ago
Reply to  Anna

That cruise ship ad was so strange, I wondered at first if it was a joke.

Anna
29 days ago
Reply to  Lesley

Yes! I thought “is it April 1st already??”

Rachel S
28 days ago
Reply to  Lesley

I just saw it. Don’t they need to say it’s an ad or spon con? So weird

Jennifer
29 days ago
Reply to  Emma

To state the obvious, I think this is the inherent struggle with content creation these days where in order to continue producing content, you need paid sponsorships and ad revenue through clicks. All of which means, recommending and pushing for more consumer spending on more things for every occasion and life moment. I’m certainly not holier-than-thou and constantly struggle with spending less for the sake of the environment so I won’t accumulate more things that will end up in a landfill. But you’re right–if one HAS to spend on new decor, it would be best if the product were sustainable or at the very least, heirloom-worthy and not throwaway if it goes out of style.

Angela
29 days ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Yeah, I think it’s a tricky situation (that we’ve honestly ALL helped to create) and makes me miss magazines. We paid a little for quality content and ads were kept separate. I understand the need to generate revenue, but lately I wonder, “How MUCH revenue does a person need?” Are we talking, pay the bills money? Or buy a multi-million dollar house that will inevitably use up way more resources than necessary money? What have we all bought into here, both in contributing to overconsumption on this site and in our own lives?

And it makes it worse that we’re not just criticizing cultural patterns (which we absolutely SHOULD do) but inevitably criticizing individuals. (If Martha Stewart magazine did something unethical, you could speak out and it was harmless. If Style by Emily Henderson plugs a cruise line and you object, you’re criticizing one person.)

Influencers are part of the problem, but so are we ALL (I stopped buying magazines and sometimes click and buy things I don’t need), and so is this industry that’s sprung up with so little thoughtful consideration on any of our parts. What are we gonna do now?

Sandra
28 days ago
Reply to  Angela

Just here to say that the discussion in the comments is really interesting and I appreciate it !

Lane
28 days ago
Reply to  Angela

A typical magazine is owned by capitalists who invest money and have other people generate wealth for them. A blog is run by working class (People who actually have to work and earn a salary to live). Emily is the boss, but she still has to work a lot for living, otherwise she wouldn’t have the income. I very much prefer to thousands of bloggers, influencers, and working class people to have bigger houses than to have that money accumulate by a few capitalists who use it just for their own benefit, fly private jets, while their employees earn a lot less, and make many unethical decisions to increase their profits. I share the concerns about waste and plastic but not all people are in the same place in their lives. An older woman might decide to not buy any new decor because she bought and enjoyed a lot of decor in her lifetime already, and she still has some in storage. A woman half her age with little children might want to start a collection or a tradition. It’s a bit ironic to complaint about that others are doing what you were doing when you were their age. Emily… Read more »

jen
27 days ago
Reply to  Lane

‘A typical magazine is owned by capitalists who invest money and have other people generate wealth for them. A blog is run by working class’ – baked in assumption-upon-generalisation-upon-opinion masquerading as fact.

All of us live in an immediate world of our friends, our community, our country. These are very real and tangible and they are things we can influence. And we must first put our attention to those things we can affect.
But some people live in the globalized, virtual world of irreality. Their main concerns and passions have nothing to do with what is around them or their daily lives. They are escaping from the here and now.
They prefer to worry about Africa or China, rather than the very real problems in their community or country. They are concerned with appearances rather than affecting change in the world. And a pox on them.
– Robert Greene

DonnaJ
28 days ago
Reply to  Angela

Not to criticize but hopefully to add – I think most industries – unless they launch as deliberately ethical – spring up without thoughtful consideration, then go through a correction phase. The blogosphere is definitely one of them. We are not criticizing one person here, that is part of the issue. These are corporate partnerships and decisions made by Emily Henderson Inc. in partnership with sponsors’ brand managers. This is a brand that was strong enough to get a buyout offer. But when readers note inconsistencies in what this brand is doing it is seen as a personal attack on Emily Henderson the person. There is an assumed fragility, which ties into all sorts of issues about how white women move through the world which I won’t go into here . (By the way Martha Stewart was SLAMMED back in the day in personal attacks – for being pretentious, hypocritical, etc and she seemingly did not care at all. ) The question on the internet has always been how views = cash… From what I see daily content blogs like this one need multiple income streams. The daily free blog is a loss leader: for product lines, like Jungalow and… Read more »

🥰 Rusty
28 days ago
Reply to  DonnaJ

DonnaJ … Kudos.

Angela
28 days ago
Reply to  DonnaJ

Yes, totally agree (and remember!) that Martha Stewart was criticized. But those personal attacks were seen as quite different than critiques of something done in her magazine. We used to be able to critique a magazine article, a tv show, etc without it being viewed as a direct criticism of an actual human being, and now the line is completely blurred. That really concerns me! I 100% agree that most people who speak up about a cruise line ad aren’t taking a direct hit at an influencer…that was exactly my point. The tricky thing is that many people can’t make that distinction. This is where we get all the voices of “don’t be mean! She’s just trying to support her family!” And I’d imagine that for these influencers, there’s a ton of emotional distress. If an article you wrote in a magazine got a bad response, there was a buffer. You might not even see the letters and might just meet with a boss to talk about it. Now, the line is so blurry. We aren’t criticizing Emily personally but we kind of are, since she’s inextricable from her blog. I’m not sure it’s the healthiest position to put people… Read more »

DonnaJ
27 days ago
Reply to  Angela

Yes I agree it can feel messy .. but anyone who makes content of any kind or deals with the public has to learn how to not take criticism personally. When its constructive criticism and not abusive I feel like its good for makers to get feedback from their viewers. All of us here are on Emily’s side, otherwise we would not be here. In this case I don’t see people ripping anyone to shreds just being disappointed and saying ‘do better’. If someone makes the choice to make themselves a brand online they need to be able to deal with criticism. The parasocial nature of the relationship between audiences and influencers /bloggers can make it feel more emotional but at the end of the day Emily makes money – directly or indirectly – when we read the blog. Even this conversation makes money because it makes the website sticky. Because its a parasocial relationship readers trust influencers/ bloggers more than conventional outlets. So when bloggers/ influencers are inconsistent readers get more upset than they would when reading a magazine or whatever. I know I keep harping on brand management but in these cases the brand is everything. Once you… Read more »

Kara
26 days ago
Reply to  DonnaJ

I love this comment but I do want to gently add that while it’s great that Jungalow holiday decor is mostly natural materials, their bedding absolutely uses polyester fill, and their curtains are also synthetic. There are no True Scotsman. The other uncomfortable thing about Target is labor practices. You cannot produce that volume of objects at that pace at those price points and not use highly exploitive and/or slave labor. It’s literally impossible, to say nothing of shipping that glass/cotton/rattan thing across the planet. So what’s the takeaway here? Do we peer over our glasses and smack each other’s hands with a ruler over every $20 plastic thing? Here’s the tricky/upsetting thing about individual choices: they don’t matter. I know Rusty and lots of others will blanch at that, and their hearts are absolutely in the right place, but it’s true: THEY. DON’T. MATTER. You can replace your stove, never get on a plane, thrift everything, stop eating meat, (and don’t replace it with plant protein grown half a planet away) ride your bike to work, and if absolutely everyone did those things, the impact would Literally Stop Nothing when it comes to the scale of climate change. Would… Read more »

🥰 Rusty
24 days ago
Reply to  Kara

They. DO. Matter.

Jessica
29 days ago

I would like to see some Christmas coffee table decorating tips.

Shannon L.
29 days ago

It’s not even Halloween, guys. Could this have at least waited til November started? I gave up trying to hold out til post-Thanksgiving for Christmas stuff, but now it’s even before Halloween??? No.

Elysha
29 days ago

I’d love your ideas for blending Hanukkah and Christmas decorations! I am Jewish and grew up celebrating Hanukkah and we never did any decorating beyond our pretty menorahs. Since moving in with my husband almost 20 years ago, I have loved decorating for Christmas, and I do put out my menorah and some other little Hanukkah decorations, but I always wind up feeling bad that Hanukkah takes such a back seat and I go full out decorating for Christmas. I’d love to see your take on something that blends the two holidays!

Stephanie
27 days ago
Reply to  Elysha

I love being Jewish and not having to decorate my house within an inch of its life. My menorah was inherited from my grandparents and all I have to do for the season is buy new candles every year… and give my nephews some money to go straight in to their savings accounts. It’s so nice to not have to spend lots of money and waste lots of resources just to keep up with the Jones’s Christmas.

Emily R
26 days ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Christian here – I don’t display a single Christmas item in my home. I don’t like them, I don’t want them. In fact, I don’t decorate my home for any holiday or season. I also don’t spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts. So to each their own I guess.

Jill
29 days ago

That is without a doubt the most embarrassing advertisement I have ever seen on this blog and let alone for a cruise line.
It’s really out of place with the whole blog. Has it come to this?

Emma
29 days ago
Reply to  Jill

Interestingly enough, it seems like some of the more disappointed commentators on Instagram have been blocked, even ones who not just reacted but voiced valid, sustainability-based concerns (the “hallmark” of this blog). I will echo your sentiment: has it come to this?

Surely there must be a way to post affiliate links to sustainable products? Surely there is a way of running a for-profit business and make money off affiliate links but being selective with the types of products one promotes? It would be useful with some transparency around this and a productive conversion around how “sustainability blogs” are just as market-driven as any other outlet, which is obviously understandable but inevitably leads to greenwashing. Emily has a big, powerful platform for this conversation: I think we – the long-term readers – are disappointed because we expect and indeed need those conversations that are not being enabled. Please, Emily, you have a huge audience: you can make a difference. Silence and greenwashing are not the answer because we sit here, full of cancer and micro plastics on a burning planet, wondering what happened.

Ann Claesen
29 days ago
Reply to  Emma

I am one of them who has been blocked from her instagram account. It’s what I had to say about promoting a cruise line so obviously for the money when you also promote heat pumps as an energy efficient alternative. So much for your credibility. The only way you can correct this is to delete that post and just acknowledge your mistake. Climate change isn’t something to take lightly. Sad that I’m ‘punished’ to point that out.

🥰 Rusty
28 days ago
Reply to  Ann Claesen

Hearing that this has happened makes me really sad. Disillusioned, maybe.🤐

Ann
28 days ago
Reply to  Ann Claesen

Little side note : I’m unblocked. Thank you!

Emma
28 days ago
Reply to  Ann

I am not (My comment was, in its entirety, the words “please, no”, and it is the only time I have commented something that can be taken as negative). Obviously account owners can do whatever they want and moderate their comment sections as they best see fit, and they should: the climate they generate is linked to the brand they promote. But what we are seeing now definitely does not build trust or establish integrity or maintain a sense of honesty in the consumer/commentator community who come to this space for sustainability and style – the two things EHD say they are about. Oh well!

Sandra
28 days ago
Reply to  Emma

Agree with all of you ! Your comment is very well put Emma. also don’t think greenwashing is the answer, and yet there could be a middle ground where Emily posts about the most energy efficient HVAC system but NOT about a cruise ship ! If the paid sponsorship was with Zillow, could she have not negociated another type of listing to promote ? Even a mansion would have been better than a cruise ship, especially since I’m sure the add is NOT going to “help” Zillow (wrong target!). The enormous farmhouse could also have been done differently: maybe don’t buy an enormous house that you will spend giant amounts of money on ? There are some design bloggers or influencers that I love and who leave in very small spaces. And if you do buy an enormous house, it’s OKAY to renovate very slowly (over 3, 4, 5 years!) so you don’t spread yourself thin with money. It’s what we the little people do ! I understand that this content is for free, but I think I would definitely pay 15$ a year for a blog with thoughtful sponsored content and a more honest discussion with the commentariat. Remember… Read more »

29 days ago

Making a note that of course this blog is a business, so EHD is posting all of these plastic products because the links are affiliate links, they are products they can promote to earn money for their business — that’s the priority here, not (sadly) the environment or health of their readers.

🥰 Rusty
28 days ago
Reply to  Tashi Stricker

This, via Cup of Jo:
“We’re all building our world, right now, in real time. Let’s build it better.”
— Lindy West

28 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Amen!!!!!!!!!! Just read that in the same place too. We are ALL building our world right now.

Dear EHD — you have a relationship with Target which is manufacturing many of the plastic products which you clearly send readers their way to buy. Start by using your relationship with them to telling them to stop making plastic Christmas trees and give you some better options to promote. Help us build a better world.

Teresa
29 days ago

Why do you expect every article or ad that Emily posts relate exactly to your preferences? That’s just unrealistic. Alot of people are referencing magazines. In a magazine, something may align with my views and I will read it, enjoy it, share it, buy it, whatever. But there are countless ads and articles in my favorite magazines that don’t apply to me, and I don’t engage with that material. But the reason why I keep purchasing the magazine is because MOST of the content I do enjoy.
Why is a blog any different. Especially since it’s free!!

Anna
29 days ago
Reply to  Teresa

Teresa, I totally hear what you are saying, and when a post is not something I am interested in, I am more than happy to move along and check back the next day. I feel folks are pointing out the contradictory nature of promoting plastic decor and cruise ship vacations since the EHD team has expressed their desire to encourage sustainability through design.

🥰 Rusty
28 days ago
Reply to  Teresa

I guess the difference between magazines and blogs is that blogs are inherently interactive.
They actively encourage comments, because that increases the amount of time we spend here, which increases the algorithm, which increases the attraction to advertisers, which in turn, the revenue.

Readers of blogs are vested.
Therefore, we feel some kinship over what happens.

Essentially, we readers make the blog work as a business. Our views and preferences are important, because without us, there is no blog…it would simply be a ‘newsletter ‘ into the ether.

28 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

A healthy, liveable planet shouldn’t be a ‘preference’ for anyone, hopefully you’d think would be seen as a necessity by all?

🥰 Rusty
28 days ago
Reply to  Tashi

Yep! Unfortunately, this awareness gets me slammed in here by naysayers.
But, yeah WYKYK.

🥰 Rusty
26 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

When your values are true, you stand for them, as I do….go on vote my comment down.
Doesn’t change my true values one iota. 😊

Kimberly
28 days ago

Regarding the negative comments on affiliate-linked posts like this, I think the problem is that platforms don’t pay content creators. Hear me out. Back when we all bought print magazines, we paid a few dollars for each issue of the magazine. That money (plus the money from ads in the magazines) meant that magazines paid their contributors. But now we consume content online. And the platforms DON’T pay content creators. We go to Instagram, for instance, to keep up with our friends and favorite influencers. Influencers are the ones driving traffic to Instagram. They’re the reason we all click on the app every day. But Instagram doesn’t pay any content creators. So they have to make money shilling products and doing affiliate links and all this stuff. What if, instead of just taking in record profits to the tune of billions of dollars, tech bros who owned platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter paid content creators for bringing users to their apps? Like if content creators were paid based on how much engagement they generated. I know this issue is a little muddy since this is a blog, but I was thinking about it since Emily is on Instagram too.… Read more »

Anna
28 days ago
Reply to  Kimberly

Good point Kimberly! I have noticed some influencers on IG have started offering a subscription service option for extra content (all through IG) for a few bucks a month. I think that might be the future for lots of content creators.

🥰 Rusty
28 days ago
Reply to  Anna

Didn’t Emily try that via “The Insiders” ?

SusanfromFOAS
28 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Does “The Insiders” still exist? At $10 a month/$120 a year I was not willing to subscribe, so I don’t know. I still subscribe to magazines I love, with the most expensive, Milieu, costing $25 a year. You’re right about all the plastic products. But I’m allergic to pine trees, so we have an artificial tree that is 20 years old and still in use. Every year I think it looks like it’s time to replace it, but once once we decorate it, it looks great. Real wreath on the door, for a whiff of that lovely, allergenic scent as we come and go during the season. And magnolia cuttings tucked into the tops of paintings to decorate the house with real plants. We collect ornaments, almost all of which are glass or fabrics. Glass baubles on the top 2/3 of the tree for their beauty, with fabric ornaments on the bottom 1/3 of the tree for the cats who happily pull their ornaments off the tree and play with them. I do not want to tell Em how to run her business. I will say, though, that I stopped reading regularly after the pay wall to “The Insiders” group… Read more »

LouAnn
28 days ago

It drives me absolutely nuts that people who don’t want to pay for content or subscriptions then come and post their insufferable preachy comments about how a free content site “should” support itself.
You don’t like a particular piece of content: SCROLL ON BY. If I was Emily Henderson I would have shut down the comments section long ago.

Renee
28 days ago
Reply to  LouAnn

It’s not that we don’t want to pay; it’s that $120 is beyond the reach of many of us.

Renee
28 days ago
Reply to  Renee

*$120 per year

Angela
28 days ago
Reply to  LouAnn

There is not “free” content on a blog with ads and affiliate links, just as network TV isn’t free. It’s that old concept, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” In this case, our attention is being sold to advertisers and our clicks earn a commission for the site. This is our media landscape now and we absolutely do get a say in what happens.

LouAnn
27 days ago
Reply to  Angela

That’s not how publishing works. Even when you ARE paying a subscription, YOU don’t get a say in the content. You get to vote with your feet if you don’t like the content that is offered — whether that content is free or requires a fee. But you are not paying a dime for free content. You just feel you’re entitled to something for nothing.

Angela
27 days ago
Reply to  LouAnn

But there’s a step before “voting with your feet” and walking away. It’s speaking up and offering feedback. ANY smart business owner (a publisher or blogger or brick and mortar shop) would prefer to have feedback from people before they just completely give up on the business. You don’t always get those people back! It’s silly to see this as all or nothing support. Businesses have always received and acted on feedback.

Sarah
27 days ago

I appreciate so many readers resisting content and advertising that’s blatantly environmentally destructive and refusing the normalization of excessive consumption of products that create more harm than good.

jen
27 days ago

These comments are getting out of control. The comments section is full of people lecturing someone to do better – it’s atrocious and preachy. I bet there’s a lot of things these people are NOT doing in their own lives that would save the world.
Emily – you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Chelsea
26 days ago

I’ve been a long-time reader and share much of the affection for the EHD team and disillusionment others have mentioned as of late. I just want to say the comments on this post are some of the most thoughtful, measured, and constructive I’ve seen in a long time. I really appreciate it.

26 days ago

Nice post….

25 days ago

These Christmas trees and tree collars are indeed beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Carrie
21 days ago

Just say no to plastic holiday decor.

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