Picking the Perfect Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again: time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree! Finding the right tree for you family doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, with a little preparation and information, it can be a breeze!

First, be sure to measure the height of the ceiling in the room where you’ll be setting up the tree. Try to purchase a tree that’s at least a foot shorter than the ceiling. And don’t forget to bring the tape measure with you to the nursery or out into the woods if you’re planning on cutting your own.

While you’re picking your tree, be sure to grab a branch and shake. Healthy trees should have fairly soft needles and very few should fall off after a gentle shaking. The base of the tree should be at least 6 inches long and straight so it will fit comfortably into the tree stand.

The best tree types for Christmas are largely considered the following, in no particular order: balsam fir, Douglas fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, and Fraser fir. These trees are proven to have the best shape, lush branches, rich color, and excellent needle retention.

Once you’ve got your tree, make sure you cut an inch off the base, straight so that it fits in the base comfortably, in order to aid its water supply. Use a stand that holds at least a gallon of water. Many people add all sorts of stuff to Christmas tree water. Experts agree that plain is best.

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