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Artificial trees have been gaining in popularity over the last few years, but for that nostalgic Christmas feel, you can’t beat the scent and beauty of a fresh balsam tree. Your family Christmas tree will no doubt be the centerpiece of your decorating this season and by taking a few precautions beforehand, you’ll ensure that yours is healthy, happy and fits in your home!
Decide Where to Place the Tree
Avoid placing your tree near a heat source (sunny windows, radiators, heating vents and fireplaces). Try to keep the tree out of high traffic areas where it might be bumped, overturned or where someone might trip on light cords. Avoid any spot that might be dangerous, such as next to a fire in the fireplace or up on a wobbly table.
Once a spot is chosen be sure to measure BOTH the ceiling height and the width of that space. Write these numbers down on a piece of paper. Also, measure your tree stand to determine the maximum diameter of the tree trunk you can use in it.
Finally, measure the height of your tree stand as well as the height of your treetop decoration. Bring these measurements with you and one of our helpful staff members will be able to help you select the right tree for your home.
Choose a tree stand that is sturdy and the right size. Pay attention to the size of the tree trunk that each stand will accommodate. The taller your tree, the bigger the diameter of the trunk. If you have a tall, wide room, be sure to get a large stand for the large tree you’ll select. If you’ll put your tree on a table, a smaller stand will work fine.
Choosing a Tree
When selecting a tree, the needles should look shiny, green, and fresh, not dry or brown. They should not fall off when you pull on a branch. For ornaments to hang straight you’ll want a tree with some space between the branches. To test a tree, take an unbreakable ornament with you and hang it on several branches to see if there is room for it to hang straight.