With Christmas is just around the corner, CareFell would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Seasons Greetings to those who don’t celebrate Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, the most important part of Christmas for many is the Christmas tree, here at CareFell we could not agree more.
Historically a Christmas tree is normally an evergreen conifer such as spruce, fir or pine which is then decorated with fruit, lights, tinsels and ornaments. The Christmas tree is thought to have its ‘roots’ in 19th century Germany but actually it was a tradition for Christian’s to bring decorated trees into their homes as early as the 16th century.
To help our customers have the best Christmas ever we have put together the following information to help ensure that you choose the best Christmas tree ever!
A Guide to Selecting the Best Christmas Tree Ever
The first question you should be asking when you are looking for a Christmas tree is whether the tree is fresh. A fresh tree is full of water and will not burn even when exposed to a flame which is important when bringing a tree into your home. If you start the Christmas season with a fresh tree and take steps to ensure it stays fresh then it is more likely to last the Christmas season, hold its needles for longer and be safe.
How do you ensure your tree is fresh? There are several things to check when choosing your tree. They include…
- Is the tree heavy? If it is then it is usually heavy due to water. A good sign to look for.
- Is the foliage on the tree cool to the touch? If it is then it is usually a moist tree – a dry tree will feel hot.
- Are the needles soft? A dry tree will have stiff and sharp needles (However, spruces tend to have naturally stiff and sharp needles so ignore this tip if you are selecting a spruce).
- Is the tree a rich dark Christmas tree colour? Dry trees tend to be more of an olive-green or grey-green colour.
- Is the cut stump sticky? This is a sign of sap and means that the tree has been freshly cut and therefore is a good Christmas tree.
A good Christmas tree provider will keep the trees in a cool shady location and water them regularly. Check this out when you are at the Christmas tree lot.
Once you have selected a fresh tree and brought it home, how do you ensure that it stays fresh throughout the holiday season? There are several things you can do to ensure your Christmas tree stays healthy and these include…
- Before you put the tree into your stand, cut off at least half an inch of the trunk of the tree so that it is able to take up water easily when in the stand.
- Ensure that the tree stands in a stand which contains water and ensure that you continue to top up the stand with fresh water as and when it needs it.
- Never add anything to the water that the tree stands in, a Christmas tree is an unfussy tree and only needs water.
The last point to this guide on how to have the best Christmas tree ever is to ensure that you use only safe lights on the tree and that you switch off the lights when no one is in the house or if they begin to overheat. A safe Christmas is a great Christmas.