How to choose the right Christmas Tree

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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 tree
Noble Fir
- Usually the most expensive on the lot
Douglas Fir
- Most popular Christmas tree in America

2.
Before 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.

3.
When 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.

5.
Choose a 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.

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6. Make sure 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.

7.
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.

9.
Keep 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.

10. 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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