Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

December 1, 2005

Now that those suitcases are unpacked from Thanksgiving, it's time to start thinking about that special Christmas tree.

Over at Snow's Garden Center, the mad rush for that perfect Christmas tree is already in full swing.

"For the next two weeks is when were going to really see the bulk of the Christmas tree sales. Things really get crazy, especially around the weekends," said Norm Carlson of Snow's Garden Center.

Norm Carlson knows all about Christmas trees; he's been selling them for years. The biggest question he often gets from customers is how to check if your tree is fresh. To check, simply grab the tree branch and run your fingers over the needles; if they don't come off then you know you have a keeper.

"The second big thing that I have people ask is 'how do I keep it fresh once [I] get it home'," said Carlson.

To do that, cut around the base and stick the tree in water as soon as you can, and refill the water daily. Trees can drink up to a gallon a day.

And what about size? Before you pick make sure that whatever your getting won't be a tight squeeze when it gets to the house and once you've got it all lit up don't forget about safety.

"Make sure that it's away from heating ducts, and by all means away from any type of wood stove or kerosene heater or anything like that," said Carlson.

That is some simple advice to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit.

If while adjusting your tree you get sap on your hands, old household remedies like dish detergent, olive oil, or butter can take that right off.

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