Then I have to stop. Pause. Think. Be rational. The tree is not a pet. It does not have feelings. I’m not doing myself any favors by hauling home the worst one on the lot.
Besides, live Christmas trees start at $50. The nicer ones are over $100 now. In many cases you pay by the foot so I might as well get the best tree for my dollars.
But what do you look for when selecting the perfect Christmas tree?
These are my top tips so that your perfect live Christmas tree doesn’t sap your holiday cheer or curdle your eggnog.
Measure that base, too. And don’t forget to bring your tape measure when tree shopping!
Retailers know this, so they will charge more for these “perfect” trees. Make sure you know what you want and the price you’re willing to pay.
Some tree farms charge $10 or more per foot. So it’s important to bring your measuring tape if you’re trying to stay within budget and under the ceiling.
And if it’s nearly dusk, it wouldn’t hurt to bring along your handy super bright LED flashlight either to select the perfect live Christmas tree.
Many ornaments are big and heavy. So are your Christmas lights. You’ll want those branches to be able to carry the full weight of all your decor without drooping to the floor.
It will continue to use this sap until little remains. So if the tree is still giving sap the parts should be sticky with it. This indicates a healthier tree.
Think about what color tree you prefer and needle length when selecting the perfect live Christmas tree. Do you like long needle or short needle? Do you enjoy a fragrant tree?
If you can’t put your Christmas tree up immediately, you’ll need to put the tree in a bucket of warm water outside away from the wind and cold.
Shake the branches one more time before bringing the tree inside to get excess needless off. Be sure to use the extra branches to make a fresh wreath!
You probably have heard all the wives tales of adding aspirin, soda water, bleach, salt, sugar, or Karo syrup to keep the tree fresher longer. But most experts insist just plain H2O is best.
Some trees may require several quarts a day, so check the water levels in the stand every few hours.