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Get a real Christmas tree this year

Decorating a real Christmas tree seems to make the holiday season just a little more special. Family gathering around the bright twinkling lights and pine scent really warms your home.

Of course, the experience of getting a fresh tree is always memorable as well. Real Christmas trees are found at local tree farms and roadside tree lots. Or if you live near a national forest, taking a trip into the woods is also a fun way to choose a real Christmas tree.

But no matter where you get your real Christmas tree, attention and care are required to ensure it lasts the entire season. offers these four tips on choosing a real Christmas tree:

1. Measure your space.

Measuring your space seems obvious, but it’s important. Before looking at a tree, you must to choose the appropriate size. A good rule of thumb is to pick a tree that is at least one foot shorter than the ceiling. Bring a tape measure with you when selecting a tree.

2. Shake the tree.

If you go to a tree lot, feel the needles. The needles should be flexible and not brittle. Also, pick the tree up and shake it. The tree is not healthy if a bunch of needles fall from the branches. The same is true for the color of the needles. If they’re even a little brown, move on to the next tree.

3. Make it easy for the tree to drink.

Chances are your tree has sat around for a while if you bought it at a lot. From the time it was chopped in the forest and transferred to the lot, sap formed where it was cut. The newly formed sap prevents the tree from getting enough water. So it’s a good idea to ask the tree sales man to cut an inch off the bottom before bringing it home. Or you can do it yourself if you have a saw. Be sure the trunk is cut straight, so the tree stands straight.

4. Keep it fresh.

It’s never too early or too late to put up a real Christmas tree. Some put their tree up as early as Thanksgiving. Either way, it’s important to remember to water your tree often. The stand should hold at least one gallon of water. Make sure it’s full at all times. You can buy additives to enhance the tree’s water for a healthy, green and aromatic real Christmas tree.

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