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A guide to choosing your tree

November 23, 2018

Plan ahead and choose strategically to have the best Christmas tree for your home.

Choosing a Christmas tree for your family home is one of the most iconic of holiday traditions.

Live and artificial trees are symbols of life embedded into the holiday. Here are some tips for creating a memorable tradition for your family.

Bring snacks

We all make better decisions on a full stomach. Whether you are cutting down your tree or choosing from trees that have been pre-cut in a lot, packing a Christmas cookie or two never hurts the process. A thermos of cocoa will also bring you and your family some warm holiday cheer while you shop.

Bring tools

There are a few tools to bring when choosing your tree, the first being a measuring tape. You want to make sure your tree will fit the space. If you are buying from a lot, most trees are organized by type (pine or spruce) and then by height. But don’t forget to also measure diameter. Keep in mind that the branches will relax after the tree is set up in a stand, making it even fuller.

Look for the best

Check each tree’s freshness before deciding on one. When you bend a needle, does it break in your hand? Fresh firs will snap while fresh pines should bend but not break. When you touch the tree, the needles should stay on. A tree that seems to be losing its needles will probably be completely bald before Christmas Day. Make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

Consider a local tree farm with experts who will be able to accurately answer any questions you have on the quality and robustness of the tree.

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