How to choose the right Christmas Tree
1. Keep in
mind the 4 main
types of Christmas Trees:
Blue Spruce - A more delicate, silvery
blue-green Christmas tree
Scotch Pine - The ďoriginalĒ Christmas
Noble Fir - Usually the most expensive
on the lot
Douglas Fir - Most popular Christmas
tree in America
you head out to the tree farm be sure to measure
the ceiling height and the width of the area
in the room where the tree will be
displayed. The trees in the field look small
when the sky is the ceiling.
you arrive at the tree stand always try to select a
fresh tree. The needles should look
shiny and fresh with an attractive green
color, not dry or brown. They should not
fall off when you pull on a branch. The tree
should have a good fragrance also.
4. From a
decorator's point of view, try to choose a
Christmas tree that matches your home decor
and the Christmas decorations that you have.
tree stand that is sturdy and the right
size. Feel the branches good. The
tree's limbs should be strong enough to hold
ornaments and strings of lights.
the tree has a nice, straight trunk.
Most trees have made lengthy journeys to get
to your local lot, and itís likely the
treeís original cut has healed over, making
it difficult for the tree to draw water. So
take off an inch from the base when you get
it home, or better yet, get the lot
attendant to lop it off for you.
Know your tree stand. Pay attention
to the size of the tree trunk that your stand
will accommodate. The taller your tree, the
bigger diameter of the trunk. If you have a
tall, wide room, be sure to get a large
stand for the large tree you'll select. If
you'll put your tree on a table, a smaller
stand will work fine. Look for tree stand
models that hold lot of water. You'll spend
less time refilling the water pan throughout
the season. Get a stand that is easily
adjustable so the tree can be leveled.
8. If you
donít plan to put the tree up right away,
place it in a bucket of warm water and stand
it in an unheated garage or porch away from
the wind and cold.
your tree well watered. Water prevents the
needles from drying and dropping off and
maintains the fragrance. Trees may use
several quarts a day, so check the water
level in the stand every few hours. If you
have small children or pets, trim the lower
branches to avoid eye injuries. Never place
your tree near a heat source, such as a
fireplace or portable heater. Donít add
anything to the water. Plain water, and
plenty of it, is best.
Always remember to turn off the tree lights
when you go to bed or leave the house. Use
only UL-approved electrical decorations and
extension cords, and check that no cords
have frayed since you last used the lights.
Good Luck, Have Fun and Merry Christmas!
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