The day after Thanksgiving people tend to start decorating for Christmas. The best part, in our opinion, is getting to pick out a Christmas tree. Going out with your family picking the best tree, then bringing it home putting lights and ornaments on it is so much fun! But, picking the perfect Christmas tree can be tricky. Before you go Christmas tree shopping remember to measure the ceiling height of the room where you’re going to display your tree. Make sure the tree you choose is at least one foot shooter than the ceiling height. This will allow you to have room for the tree stand and whatever you choose to top your tree with. Also, make sure the tree you are getting is healthy. You can tell if a tree is healthy by its color, it should be a nice color green. The needles of pines and spruces should bend and not break & also should be hard to pull of the branches if the tree is healthy.
Once you get your tree home remember:
- Cut off about 2 inches of the trunk.
- Place it in water as soon as possible.
- Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and both heat sources.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Water daily.
- Check your lights for the tree to make sure there are no signs of damage, such as frayed wires.
- Never overload an outlet or extension cord. Do not plug-in more than 3 strands of lights in one extension cord.
- Be sure to turn off your Christmas tree lights before leaving the house and before going to bed.
- If you have pets or children in the house, make sure you put certain ornaments and things high enough so they can’t get to them.
- Never use lighted candles on a tree (even an artificial one).