How to pick the perfect Christmas tree
December 12, 1996
(CNN) -- Artificial trees will slightly outnumber the real ones in American homes this year, but if a fake one is not quite right for you, here are some tips for picking out the real thing:
- Check for freshness. Gently grasp a branch in your fingers and pull it toward you. Needles should be brightly colored and only a few should come off.
- Don't buy more tree than you can handle. Remember, your stand and the star on top may add up to a foot more in height.
- Expect to spend between $20 and $50 as prices on average should be about the same as last year.
- If you want the best selection, buy early. If you want the best price, wait as long as the kids will let you.
- After you get the tree inside and up, experts say it'll need a gallon of fresh water in the first 24 hours.
- Finally, remember to keep that tree away from fireplaces and heaters for a safe and happy holiday.
You can get more information from National Christmas Tree Association's Web site at www.christree.org.
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