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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Oh, Chrismas Tree!

Nothing says Christmas like a well-lit and well-decorated tree. While there are good reasons to purchase an artificial tree (the cost of a real tree year after year can really add up), there is nothing like the look, feel, and scent of a freshly cut tree. There is a danger of fire but with some care, a Christmas tree can withstand the natural heat of a home and long running lights. The top selling trees include the Scott pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir, and white pine. Over 6 million trees are sold and I have read that Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, including Hawaii.

If you want a real tree, your options are to make a family event of going into a tree farm and cutting your own, or buying one from a street vendor. Whichever way you go, here are a few suggestions to keep the tree fresh and make it last well beyond Christmas day:

- Pick a tree that looks fresh (good color) with branches that are holding their needles.

- Once it is home, either cut a few inches from the bottom of the tree or drill holes before setting into a stand. This will enable it to hydrate itself.

- Pour one quart of warm water in the stand.

- Let the tree stand overnight so the branches will settle.

- Be sure not to set the tree next to any heat source.

-Use LED lights, which use less energy and do not give off heat.

- And, be sure to keep the stand watered every day. The tree will absorb moisture quickly at first. After using warm water the first night, you can use room temperature or cold water. Just be sire to continue watering it throughout the season.

Part of enjoying the holidays is having the look and smells that go with it. Be safe this season. If you have a particularly good looking tree, share a photo with us on Facebook.

1 comment

1 dudley wong { 12.12.11 at 8:32 am }

To fireproof your live Christmas tree, dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda into the water at the base. The baking soda solution will be absorbed by the tree and literally fireproof its needles, to make them fire-resistant.

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