As a kid I remember once Thanksgiving was over with, that was the time that we could finally go buy a tree! I remember hopping in the car with my family and driving around town searching for the perfect tree. Now as a kid, whatever my dad chose was the right one! I had no ideas what to look for, other than, big and beautiful!
I remember was the joy of decorating, adding the lights and sipping eggnog while the tree glistened. Now as an adult, and tables turned, it’s time to share some tips before you jump in the car and go on your tree hunt! And let’s be honest, I’m putting my tree up before Thanksgiving now! If you’re a faux tree type of person, maybe you can share this post with a friend who goes on a search for a real tree!
Before heading out to pick your perfect tree, make sure to measure the area in which you want to place the beauty in. I usually say to give yourself 20 inches away from the ceiling so that the tree has enough space. Once you add the topper and the tree stand, you want to make sure you have room!
You don’t want to have a tree that’s too little and looks silly or too tall and look wonky! Keep in mind the size of your home so it looks balanced with the rest of your living space.
I love supporting small business so local it is for me! Make sure to visit one or two or even three, to make sure you’ve seen the selection of trees and the prices. Home Depot and Lowes have a great selection and even tree farms that are local to your city, plus it’s a fun little trip…grab some coffee and or lunch on the way! Make it a fun day trip or activity!
When picking out your tree, make sure to grab a bundle of branches, squeeze them in your hands and if you see a ton of needles fall, you’re probably looking at a dry tree that isn’t healthy to take home. Avoid these!
Grab the tree a bit away from you and shake it, watch where their needles fall from. If they fall from the exterior that’s not good, from inside, that’s normal.
You want to make sure that wherever you buy your tree, ask the assistant to cut the trunk at least 2-3 inches. That way, when you take your tree home, it’s ready to drink water. While prepping your tree, place the trunk in a bucket of water.
Water daily. A 6-foot Christmas tree requires at least one gallon of water each day to stay fresh. Try a tree watering system. These make it easy to water your tree without having to move presents out of the way. Choose the right stand. Monitor water levels and don’t forget to spray the needles! Enjoy your tree, it’s the best time of year! Share this post with a friend!