Picking the Perfect Natural Christmas Tree

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 7, 2012)

Ah, Christmas time. I love the sights, sounds and smells that come around this time of the year. In fact, there doesn't seem to be anything that can more quickly evoke the feeling that Christmas has arrived then the smell of a fresh pine tree. Unfortunately, picking the perfect natural Christmas tree can be one of those chores that creates a whole lot of stress for the person doing the choosing.

Luckily, picking the perfect natural Christmas tree doesn't have to be a stressful situation for anyone anymore. All that you need to do is keep in mind these simple guidelines and you are soon going to have that perfect addition to your Christmas decorations.

  • Measure. Before you even go out to find your tree, spend a little time to take a few measurements. When measuring, be sure that you double check to ensure you have as accurate information as possible. Measure the area where you are going to place the tree (both width and height) and take the measurements along with you when you go to pick your tree.
  • Size and Shape. Quite often a tree is going to look smaller outside in the tree lot, than it is when you take it home. This optical illusion is easy to counteract by simply utilizing the earlier measurements and a tape measure at the tree lot. When it comes to the shape, look for something that looks "full." This means that the overall shape is going to look like a cone, as opposed to something that looks like an upright pencil, which is typically less attractive.
  • Species. Each species of tree is going to have a unique look and feel. Each species has a unique type of needle color, size, flexibility and durability. The four most popular species of trees are the Scotch pine, Noble, Spruce, Fraser and Douglas firs. Do a little homework prior to choosing your tree by typing the name of the different trees into your favorite search engine. This way you are going to easily see the different styles of tree without leaving the comfort of your own home.
  • Location. Where you purchase a tree is going to be almost as important as what type of tree you get. The reason for this is because not all outlets are going to take care of their stock as well as others, not to mention the simple fact that the further you have to transport the tree the higher the chance of damaging it. Try to purchase your tree from a local source that is as reputable as you can find. Don't be afraid to conduct a little window shopping prior to making your final purchase.
  • Transportation. After you purchase your tree, you need to get it home. Prior to tying it on the roof of your car, have the sales associate either run it through the "shaker" or pound the tree trunk down onto the concrete to remove any loose and dead needles. Once you have done that, have the associate bundle up the tree (i.e., wrap it in netting) and help you tie it onto your car or truck.

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Lee Wyatt

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