Somehow there's something lost in the process. What happened to the family togetherness of selecting and bringing home the tree and the ambiance and aromas of a real tree?
As a society, we've extended the Christmas season. We start celebrating around Thanksgiving, so we want to have a Christmas tree that lasts longer along with the lengthened holiday season. But does a real, live Christmas tree have to be sacrificed in the process? Not with proper selection and care.
Here are some steps for selecting and caring for your live Christmas tree that will lengthen your enjoyment this Christmas:
Next, shake or bounce the tree on its stump. Only a few green needles should fall to the ground. It is common for some interior brown needles to fall off over the life of the tree.
If this seal does form, the tree won't be able to absorb water when you do refill the tree stand. You'll have to take down the tree and make a fresh cut. Avoid this hassle by keeping your stand filled with water.
Make sure your light cords do not have cracks or broken or empty sockets. Always turn your Christmas tree lights off before going to bed or leaving the house. Never overload electrical circuits.
With these simple steps, you'll be enjoying a warm, aromatic Christmas season around your live Christmas tree. Happy holidays!
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