We already have smartphones, smart homes, and smart cars, but this season, we're about to get smart . . . Christmas trees? Holiday decor brand Mr. Christmas has just released its very first Alexa-enabled Christmas tree. It's official — we're living in the future, and it's a weird time.
That said, we're actually kind of impressed by this tree. It's a pretty realistic seven-foot-tall faux Douglas fir featuring 1,750 branch tips that are pre-lit for the ultimate ease. Those lights are able to switch between 13 different programs, too, varying their colors across the spectrum, as well as their twinkle pattern. According to the product description, you don't need any additional plugs to get the tech-savvy tree working.
Best of all, given the Alexa functionality, you can use voice commands to change the lights' colors on cue — or simply turn them off after you've already gotten in bed for the evening. Is an Alexa-enabled Christmas tree a must-have? Not really. But it sure is pretty cool.
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.