A Christmas tree is often the centerpiece of our home holiday decor. So how do you pick the right one? The one with the best smell? The most fresh? The best color?
Here are a few ways to find the best tree this year and have long lasting beauty all through the Christmas season.
1. Check the freshness of the tree by bending a needle in your fingers. Fir species should snap and pine species should bend.
2. Gently hold the tree in the middle and tap the cut bottom on the ground. A few needles will fall off. If an avalanche of needles fall off you may have a tree that's not so freshly cut.
3. Measure before you buy! Know your ceiling heights and the width of the space you want to put your tree before you pick the perfect one.
Before you leave the lot, have the attendant make a fresh cut in the bottom of the tree. When you get the tree home fill up the tree stand with water. Keep it full - checking several times a day for the first few days.
Avoid placing the tree near a heat source like a fireplace or vent. This will dry out the tree prematurely. Protect your floors with towels or a waterproof tarp.
Decorate and enjoy!!