Whether it’s an annual headache or a beloved family tradition, it’s the time of year to pick out a Christmas tree to display in your home. If your household prefers the artificial options, then you’re already halfway done! If you’re more the traditional type, however, then you have quite a few options ahead of you.
Fortunately, the extra steps needed to set up a genuine tree are all worth it once it’s up for the whole family to gather around. But exactly what kind of tree do you want to bring home? Here are a few tips on scoring the absolute best Christmas tree for your house this year!
Research the Species
You don’t have to be a certified botanist to know that Christmas trees come in a variety of different species. This is important to remember when you’re browsing the lot looking for your perfect tree. After all, each different species has its own distinct colors, needle stiffness, branch thickness, scent, and longevity.
There are three main “genuses” of evergreen trees: Fir trees, Spruce trees, and Pine trees. Fir trees are popular Christmas tree choices due to their strong branches, which are perfect for hanging ornaments and other decorations on. They’re also very sought out for the fairly uniform “pyramid” shape that many Christmas tree shoppers are after.
Spruce trees are known for their stronger pine scent and the fact that they grow particularly well in colder climates, making them ideal trees for a winter holiday. That being said, they tend to sport thicker, sharper needles than Fir trees, something parents of babies or toddlers should take into consideration.
Pine trees are the final genus of Christmas tree, and they’re also the most varied. On one hand, the most common species of Pine tree – the White Pine – is very pretty to look at, but is hard to care for out of the forest and lacks the sturdy branches needed for ornaments. On the other hand, the Scotch Pine sports sturdy branches, has longevity outside of the ground, and has solid needle retention, making it one of the most iconic and beloved species of Christmas tree in the world!
There’s a lot you have to consider when choosing a species. Be sure to do your research before simply settling on which one you think looks best in the woods.
Check the Tree’s Freshness
Looks can be deceiving. You don’t want to spend all that time making your Christmas tree look as pristine as possible, only to have it die on you before December 24th! Fortunately, there are a few ways to check a tree’s freshness before making a purchase.
The best way to check a tree’s freshness is by checking the needles. If a lot of needles are falling off your tree of choice, then said tree is probably dried up on the inside. What you should be able to do is grab hold of a branch and lightly pull it toward you. If you lose a lot of needles in the process, then this isn’t a fresh tree. A fresh tree should be able to hang onto its needles pretty tightly, which comes in handy when you’re setting up and taking down your Christmas tree.
Of course, any Christmas tree is going to lose a few needles during the chopping process. After all, that’s a lot of stress to put on a tree. However, after the fact, the needles should more or less stay put.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
There’s nothing worse than choosing what appears to be the perfect tree from the entire lot, only to get it home and realize that it just won’t fit. Of course, there’s always the option to trim the top of a tree that’s too tall, but then where will you put your tree topper? To even further complicate matters, there’s not a whole lot you can do with a tree that’s too wide.
It’s absolutely crucial to know exactly how tall and wide your tree needs to be even before you get in the car to pick one out. Measure the height of your ceiling as well as the designated “tree space” you’ll have in your room. Remember, you don’t want a tree so wide that it would be a hassle to maneuver around!
Bring a tape measure with you to the lot, preferably both the traditional and the softer, body-measuring kind. Measure the height, width, and circumference of your desired tree to make sure, once and for all, that it will fit in your house.
Display it Properly
Now that you’ve decided on your tree, you need to make sure that you can display it in a way that both showcases its best traits while also keeping it healthy and hydrated.
First, you’ll need to put it inside a stand as soon as possible. This will keep the cut in the trunk fresh and open, allowing the tree to absorb water easier, keeping it fresh all month long. The stand will then have to be attached to a base to keep it from tipping over or leaning drastically to one side.
Next, you’ll need to make sure that you display your tree in an ideal, cool part of the room. As tempting as it may be to place your beautiful new tree by a fireplace to complete a cozy, seasonal image, that’s the quickest way to dry up your fresh tree and kill it slowly throughout the holiday season. And that’s ignoring the fact that it’s also an enormous fire hazard.
Now that your dream tree is displayed in the best part of your house, it’s time to crack open that box of ornaments, turn on some Christmas music, get the family together, and bring your Christmas tree to life!
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