Picking out a Christmas tree is one of the most classic Holiday traditions there is. Here are a few tips to help you pick a Christmas tree that will last throughout the holiday season.
1. Know What You Want
Each tree species is a little different. For example, if you have young children, you might choose pines or firs with soft needles instead of spruce trees, which have sharp needles that can hurt when stepped on.
2. Freshness of the Tree
Check the trunk of the tree first. The trunk should have a slight stickiness to it. Bend a needle in half with your fingers; fresh pines bend and should not break, while fresh firs should snap.
3. Test that the Needles Are Secure
Gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand toward you. The needles should stay on the tree. Or, try gently tapping the cut end of a tree on the ground; if a few needles fall off, it should be fine. If a lot of needles fall off, keep searching for a fresher tree.
4. Even Colour
Some types of Christmas trees will go from deep, rich green to a dull gray-green if they get too dried out. Stick with a “greener is better” mindset.
5. Freshen the Trunk
It is important to take proper care of the trunk. Cut off about a half inch from the bottom of the tree’s trunk (or ask the Christmas tree lot to do this for you). The fresh cut will absorb more water, so your tree holds its needles and keeps its colour longer. Put the tree in fresh water as quickly as you can after making the cut.
There’s nothing worse than picking out the best Christmas tree on the lot, getting it home, and finding out it’s too tall for your room. Measure both the ceiling height and the height of your Christmas tree stand so you don’t have to recut the tree when you get home.
7. Keep Your Tree Cool
Place your tree in a cool and dry spot, away from fireplaces and heating vents. These heat sources will cause your tree to dry out faster.
8. Water, Water, Water
To keep your Christmas tree looking perfect, keep the water in your tree stand filled all the time. You may need to add water two or even three times the first few days.