The Christmas Tree Shop: Our First Experience

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You might’ve seen from my Instagram stories that this weekend Kevin and I went Christmas tree shopping, and it’s especially memorable this year because it’s our first real Christmas tree! Side note: Our house smells amazing!! Every year before we had put up a fake one, which was awesome because you could literally put it up anytime you wanted without having to worry about it dying too early {Christmas trees typically last 4 weeks if taken care of properly}. So instead of just having exactly a month, you could enjoy the tree for a month and a half or however long. I always put up the tree halfway through November because I’m that crazy person who freaks out over anything Christmas and in my mind, the earlier the better when it comes to decorating. But this year we chose to get a real tree and I was super surprised reading up on the things to know when caring for a Christmas tree.

 

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Caring for a Christmas tree can be lots of work! If this is your first year purchasing a real tree, read on for tips to make it last. If it’s not, read on anyway for a refresher course on keeping your tree alive and well!

 

 

1. When picking your tree at the lot it’s crucial to ask a helper to help you select the right tree for your wants

There are so many different types of trees so getting advice on finding the right one you’re looking for is so valuable. You need to think about how it’ll fit in your house and the placement on where it’ll be located in your house {more on that later but yes, placement is important too}. Also, my father-in-law says the #1 rule is to make sure you get a straight trunk- a crooked one will be a nightmare to set up in the tree stand!

 

2. Any good tree lot or nursery will cut your stem for you before you leave

Before you leave the lot, make sure one of the people outside cuts you off a piece of the stem leaving you with a freshly cut tree. Many of the trees are cut a couple weeks before meaning the stems aren’t fresh and that will cease the tree from being able to absorb water. The cut must be no more than 6 hours old otherwise the sap will begin to dry and seal the cut.

 

3. Water, water, water

A freshly cut tree will absorb up to a gallon of water every 24 hours at the start! Fill the tree stand with hot water immediately after bringing it home and keep it filled constantly. Never let the water level get below the tree’s base. Filling it with hot water the first time will help the sap flow readily as the tree thaws.

 

4. Placement is important

Where you place your tree matters. You’ll need to keep it away from any heat sources and against a source with direct sunlight. The lower the temperature, the better the tree will do. This one was particularly difficult for us because every year we place our tree in front of this large bay window that fits so perfectly in our living room. My neighbors have even told me this spot was made for a Christmas tree! Because we put it in front of a large bay window, direct sunlight will be tough to get around. As this is our first year, I’m almost looking at it as a trial run to see how well it holds up. Upside is it can get drafty next to the big window so it might work out just fine.

 

 

A few tips in caring for a Christmas tree:

  • If there are lots of needles on the ground around the tree, look elsewhere.
  • To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. Needles should not fall off.
  • If your tree is small enough to be potted and you want to keep it around the house after the holidays, look into a Norfolk Island Pine. This type is commonly kept as a houseplant.
  • Fertilizer is cheap and it helps!

 

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