Everything You Need to Know About Picking the Right Christmas Tree

There really are so many options.

Braving the cold is only part of the adventure when your family embarks on your annual Christmas tree hunt. Douglas fir, cedar, pine... there are so many options! While all trees are beautiful, there is only one tree right for your family. That's why it's so important to pick the one best suited for your holiday needs. This year, read these tips before driving to the tree farm. You'll feel much more confident in your tree-choosing abilities!

Know Your Trees

Firs: If heavy ornaments and garlands are your thing, a fir is the right tree for you. These branches are thick and strong so they can sustain the weight of hoarded Christmas ornaments. Firs have shorter needles that leave room to display all your favorite holiday trinkets.

Pines

Pines: For simpler holiday displays, you may want to go with a pine tree. These long, light needles fill the body of the tree and make it nice and lush. Pines are ideal for twinkling lights and glistening tinsel that is reminiscent of a fresh blanket of snow.

All About the Base

Once you know what kind of tree you should pick, pay attention to the base of the tree. A limp, tilted tree is a recipe for disaster. Don't be afraid to get on your hands and knees to check for a strong, straight trunk.

Final Touches

Most tree farms will give you the option to shake down your tree. Do not pass this opportunity up. The machine will shake any loose needles from your tree keeping your car and home needle-free. Also, just like a present, your tree needs to be wrapped up. Ask the tree farm to wrap your tree in a net or twine before you haul it home on the roof of your car.

With these tips, you should be ready to bring your hand-picked tree back home, where it belongs. All that hard work will totally be worth it when you see it lit up on Christmas morning surrounded by the family you love.

To learn more about the perfect Christmas tree and how to care for it at home, check out our instructional video below:

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