Every festive season, households around the world welcome the beauty and scent of real Christmas trees into their homes. However, preserving the vibrant charm and festivity of these trees requires more than simply positioning them in a stand and dressing them with ornaments. Here are some tips on how to look after your real Christmas tree, ensuring it maintains its beauty throughout the holiday season.
Select A Fresh Tree
Begin by selecting a tree that’s fresh. To make sure you’re picking a fresh tree, aim for one that is green, moist and has flexible needles. You can test the freshness of a tree by lightly pulling on a branch. If needles are easily dislodged, the tree may be too dry.
Adapt Your Tree
Once you bring your tree home, allow it to get used to your home’s conditions before decorating. This usually means letting the tree rest in a garage or sheltered porch for a day or two that’s not heated. This adjustment can help prevent shock from abrupt changes in temperature or humidity.
Trim the Base
Following this, chop a small section of the tree trunk off the bottom. This helps the tree to absorb water more effectively, extending its freshness. Generally, about 1 to 2 centimetres is the ideal amount. It’s important to place the tree in water as soon as possible after making this cut.