Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to adorn the house for Christmas! Pulling out the Christmas decorations and ornaments is always a festive affair, and a decked out Christmas tree is the centerpiece in most holiday homes.
If you want the focal point of your decorating efforts to shine, and not slump over a week after you’ve brought it home, there are a few important steps to follow!
First off, you’ll need to decide if you want to go with the convenience of a pre-cut tree or desire a drive out to a Christmas tree farm where you can cut down your own pine or spruce.
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Whichever kind of fresh conifer you choose to bundle on top of your car, the tips for choosing the best tree are the same.
First off, don’t overlook the obvious! Before leaving the house, be sure to take a measurement or two to ensure that your perfect tree actually fits in the space you’ve chosen.
If you like the appearance of a full, plump tree, be sure to check out the Douglas and Noble Firs. These lush green beauties have a dense branch structure that gives them their classic chubby, triangular look.
If you prefer a tree with a more airy appearance, then head over to the Balsam and Fraser Firs. These trees typically have branches with wide spaces between them, and are a perfect choice for showcasing unique curios and ornaments.
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How can you be sure that your tree is fresh enough to last out the season? Simply grab onto a branch near the trunk, and pull your hand toward you. If you end up with a handful of needles, keep looking because the tree is likely past it’s prime.
Next, make sure that the tree’s base is straight, and has at least six inches of trunk to work with. That’s because you’ll want to trim at least half an inch from the tree’s base before sticking it into its stand. Cutting off the dry end allows the tree to better absorb its water, thus extending its life.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect pine comes the fun part, turning a bare tree into your masterpiece!