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How to Pick A Perfect Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree
Christmas comes but once a year, and picking out the perfect Christmas tree to liven up your living room is a family ritual full of fun and promise (just ask the Griswolds!). But with all the different types of trees available, it’s hard to know which one is right for your holiday display. And knowing how to keep it green and fragrant once you decorate it out is a talent that eludes many a yuletide reveler. So before you turn your tannenbaum into the Charlie Brown special, take a few tips from us on how to pick a Christmas tree that will last through December 25th and into the New Year.

  • Make sure your Christmas tree measures up! Before leaving home, measure both the height of your ceiling and the height of your Christmas tree stand to avoid getting a tree that’s too tall. And measure the radius too, so that you have a tree that fits your available space without hogging the room.
  • Know what you want. Each tree species is a little different. To find the best Christmas tree for your family, you need to match it to the needs of your household. If you have small children, you might lean toward pines or firs with soft needles instead of spruce trees, which have sharp needles.
  • Check the tree’s freshness. Bend a needle in half with your fingers. Fresh firs should snap, while fresh pines bend and should not break. If the tree you have in mind does neither, it may have been cut long ago and stand a poor chance of staying fresh through the holidays.
  • Look for a tree with even coloration. Some types of Christmas trees will go from deep, rich green to a dull gray-green if they get too dried out. If you’re looking at a tree with a variation of color, it’s probably old.
  • Test that the needles are secure. To find the Christmas tree that will last the longest, gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand toward you. The needles should stay on the tree. If a few needles fall off, it should be fine. If a lot of needles fall off, keep searching for a different tree.

While you really can’t go wrong when picking a Christmas tree, you can definitely go right. A good, fresh tree will look better, smell better and last longer, while meeting the needs of your home. Good luck, and happy tree hunting!