The Christmas tree is the center of Christmas traditions and family memories. Some of my favorite memories are going to pick out a Christmas tree with my mom and brother. We look forward to decorating it and the aroma filled the entire house. I am lucky that I get to start this beloved tradition with my own daughter.
I have partnered with the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, a national research and promotion program whose mission it is to share the benefits of fresh Christmas trees, to give you some tips on ways to keep your Christmas tree fresh and green all season long.
I love having a real live Christmas tree in my home. The smell that fills the whole house just brings back great memories of all the Christmases that have come before.
My mom made sure that we had a real Christmas tree every year, even though we didn’t have a lot of money growing up, she never skipped on the tree. I want to keep that tradition now that my daughter is old enough to actually know what is going on around Christmas and make memories with her.
The first way you can keep your Christmas tree fresh is by purchasing from a local tree farm or lot. Start fresh to keep it fresh. I love that I am helping a small business and they are usually family owned.
We purchased our tree this year from a family owned tree lot. It was actually right in their front yard! They owned the farm and said that the trees were cut 2 days ago. That is pretty darn fresh!
You want them to be as fresh as possible so that you can get them home and start taking care of them properly.
When you buy from a local farm, you get a special experience. My daughter loved running around and looking at all the trees. They even gave use hot cocoa and cookies while we looked around. It’s the little things that make the authentic Christmas memories: tradition of the farm, the scent and the beauty of the natural trees.
Get a Fresh Cut
It is best to make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree trunk so that it can absorb water more efficiently. You usually cut about an inch off the bottom.
Once the tree has been cut, it usually takes about 3 hours for the sap to cover it up again so if you live close enough from the tree lot you can just ask them to do it there.
They offered to do this for us at the tree lot and trimmed up the bottom branches for us. We actually bring our tree stand with us so that we can get all of the lower branches trimmed off there so that it will fit nicely in the stand. I really don’t want to have to do that once we get home.
Keep Away from Heat
The owner of the tree lot we visited actually suggested that you keep your Christmas tree away from any vents. You don’t want heat blowing on the tree because it can dry it out. If your tree is near any vents, just close them until the season is over.
Use a Humidifier
This isn’t always necessary but if you notice that the air is dry, you may want to use a room humidifier to add more moisture in the air. This could help extend the freshness of your tree.
Water Every Single Day
Most people know that you need to water your Christmas tree but it can be easy to forget to do. I have killed more plants than I would like to admit so I have to be careful about this.
I make it a part of my morning routine. I water the tree the same time I feed my dogs. I do it first thing so that I don’t forget.
A Christmas tree can use about a gallon of water everyday. Just give it plain, fresh water everyday and you will have a beautiful tree all season.
I loved being able to go to a family farm with my family and make some great memories. The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of all of my holiday memories and I can’t imagine not having a real one. It’s Christmas, keep it real! You just can’t beat the beauty of a real tree.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Christmas Tree Promotion Board.