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Our tips to make your tree retain its beauty and last the whole Christmas season! 

You've chosen your tree: If you are not going to put up your tree right away, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to set it up and decorate.  We suggest that you put your tree in a bucket full of water  before you store it.
Before you set up your tree: Make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch up from the original cut) and place the tree in a tree stand that holds a gallon of water or more. Don't cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.  Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.

Use a stand that fits your tree.   Your tree stand should be able to hold at least a gallon of water, unless you don't mind filling it up two or three times the first couple of days.  A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first day or two and one or more quarts a day thereafter, especially if you have a tree 6 or more feet tall.

Warning:  Keep the tree stand filled with water. A seal of dried sap will form over the cut stump in four to six hours if the water drops below the base of the tree, preventing the tree from absorbing water later when the tree stand is refilled. If a seal does form, another fresh cut will need to be made.

Water the tree: . Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the boughs from drooping. Water also keeps the tree fragrant and prevents the tree from drying out and loosing color.

Other Do's and Don'ts: 

  1. Keep your tree away from heat and draft sources like fireplaces, radiators and television sets.

  2. Test your light cords and connections before hanging them on the tree to make sure they're in good working order.

  3. Don't use cords with cracked insulation or broken or empty sockets.

  4. Be sure to unplug the lights before you go to bed or leave the house.

  5. Never overload electrical circuits.