Christmas Tree Shopping Tips

We are already more than halfway through November. Americans are preparing for Thanksgiving and Canadians are already planning for the Christmas season. Most families choose the first week or second week of December as the perfect time to put up their Christmas tree.

Here are some tips that will help ensure you get the right tree for your home and experience the least amount of hassle:

Measure the Room and Doorways

This seems like a basic step, but it’s easy to forget: measure the area where the tree will be. Figure out the maximum height and width available to you. You don’t want to have the top of the tree staining your ceiling.

Make sure that the tree will also clear your doorways and not damage anything in the area where you will be bringing it in. Also, measure your tree stand to ensure that it will accommodate the trunk size. It is a considerable hassle to shave the sides of a trunk and this will also hasten the tree’s demise.

Choose a Fresh One

The longer your tree stays fresh, the more appealing (and less messy) it is. When looking at prospective choices, run your hand along a branch. If many needles come off, the tree will not last until Christmas. Needles that don’t give off a scent when crushed are another indication that a tree is past its prime.

Give it a Shake (or a Blow)

Most trees are tied for transport, but make sure that the proprietor has either shook the tree or blown off the dead needles using a leaf blower. That guarantees less of a mess in your home.

Open Up the Trunk

It’s wise to saw off a bit of the trunk before placing it in your stand. This makes it easier for water absorption, which also helps to prolong the tree’s freshness.