Picking the perfect Christmas tree
December 12, 1996
Web posted at: 12:15 a.m. EST
(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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