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March 15, 2021
Merry Christmas, friends! Today I’m sharing some of my tips for how to choose a Christmas tree, gathered from years of searching for the perfect tree each December!
It’s the holiday season, and it’s all about looking for the perfect Christmas tree for geeks! It has been tradition in my family ever since I can remember that we head up north the weekend after Thanksgiving to pick out our trees, and I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to carry on this tradition with my own family still. Don’t get me wrong, I love a perfectly manicured artificial tree (or two!) to start decorating come November 1st each year, but there is nothing as beautiful (or as fragrant!) as your very own live Christmas tree! Here are my must-do tips for picking out the perfect one!
Nothing is worse than getting to the tree farm and looking at your significant other, both of you suddenly wondering how tall of a tree to look for. Tree prices tend to vary by foot or 1/2 foot, and so you don’t want to be buying extra tree “just in case!”. Before you leave your home, measure from floor to ceiling. Then account for the height of any topper you want to place on the tree, and the tree stand and base. For example, we always use a thick piece of plywood under our tree stand so it stays level and we don’t worry too much about leaking onto the carpet. Measure all these things before you leave so you know what to look for!
There are soooo many types of Christmas trees – it can be a little overwhelming! If this is your first time, do a little bit of research to read about the different types and get an idea of what you are looking for. We usually lean towards the shorter needled trees, and I particularly like Balsam Fir. We did go with a White Pine though two years ago, and the longer needles were very pretty!
If you can, bring a chainsaw. The tree farms will only have hand saws available, and a chainsaw will make the task much easier! Also bring a heavy coat if it is cold outside, a tarp or blanket to lay on the ground so you don’t get dirty while cutting down the tree (which then can double as a protective layer for your trunk or the roof of your car when you put the tree up there!), and heavy gloves!
This is the most important step (arguably)! A few tips when you are looking at trees:
To make sure you tree starts drinking up water straight away, it is helpful to make a fresh cut of at least 1/2 to 1 inch off the bottom when you get home. Depending on your ceiling height, this may need to be a little more – just be sure to get out the tape measure and measure if you need to!
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Hello and welcome to The Charming Detroiter! I'm Sarah, a suburban wife, expectant mother, and physician from Metro Detroit who loves cooking, fashion, travel and home decor! Most of all, I love organizing it all, and I'm glad you're here so that I can help you too! To learn more, click here!
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