Find the Perfect Spot in the House:
This is one of the most important parts of the Christmas tree picking process. It is important because you want to make sure you get a tree that’s the right size for the room you’re putting it in. You want to make sure there is enough room at the top for your tree topper and you don’t want it to be too wide where people bump into it when they walk around the room. A little saying, we like to use here at Brewer’s Lantern is “measure twice buy once” because the last thing you want is to have to do is buy another tree! Also, as tempting as it is to put your tree next to your warm cozy fireplace that is one of the worst places for it because it will dry your tree out faster. Christmas Trees last longer in a cooler environment so look around the room for air vents and try to avoid those as well if you want your tree to last longer and remain fresh!
"Measure Twice, Buy Once!"
Pick What Kind of Christmas Tree You Want:
When it comes to Christmas trees there are many different types to choose from and it’s important to know the difference so you know which tree will be the best for your Christmas décor. First you have your Fir Trees, our favorite being the Fraser Fir. These type of Christmas trees are known for having strong branches great for ornament hanging and having a strong fragrance to fill the house with the smell of Christmas! Next is the Pine Trees, these types of Christmas trees are not known for having the strongest branches so decorating this type of tree might not require using all the ornaments you have, you don’t want to risk them falling off and breaking. If you don’t love the smell of Christmas trees Pine is a good option because it has a low-medium fragrance that’s not as powerful as the Fir Trees. Last type of tree we are going to talk about is the Spruce Tree. These trees are a good choice if you want to use a lot of ornaments because they have strong branches like the Firs. Also, the Spruce comes in several different blueish silver or blueish green colors so it’s a different color than most which I think is cool. Spruce trees often have a medium-strong fragrance. Either of these three options are great for Christmas trees. Which type of tree you decide is up to you and your family completely.
Check the Freshness
When checking the freshness of a Christmas tree there are a few things to look for when picking the freshest tree. First feel the trunk of the tree, if its slightly sticky that means it is still fresh because it is still producing sap. A non-sticky tree trunk could mean the tree has been cut down for a while and has stopped producing sap which could leave you with a dried-out tree! Next is to check the needles, the way you do this is to give one of the needles a bend with your fingers. Fresh Fir trees should snap right in half if the tree is still fresh. Pines are the opposite to tell the freshness the needles from the pine tree should bend and not break at all, if a pine needle snaps in half you know it’s not fresh! Follow these simple steps and you’ll have the freshest Christmas tree that will last you into the New Year!
Designate a Somebody to be the Waterer!
WATER YOUR TREE EVERY MORNING AND NIGHT! Believe it or not Christmas trees are thirsty! If you put somebody in charge of the watering hopefully the person you designate will do their job! We designated two Brew Crew members to be the daily waterers so that our tree never goes without! If your tree goes without water it can seal itself off which leads to it drying out and dying. When a tree seals itself off this means it no longer can consume water which makes it dry out and when that happens it tends to shed its needles more and the branches become flimsier and breakable. Not too mention a dried out tree is a bit of a fire hazzard. So, to avoid any holiday disasters such as a needleless tree, broken ornaments from snapped branches, or fires water your tree daily!
Water your tree at the base like this at least twice a day!
Pick out your Décor
Time for the fun part, choosing your Christmas trees décor! The fun thing about Christmas tree decorations these days is that the sky is the limit on what you can do. Some people prefer ribbons, some like popcorn, some like a lot of ornaments, some like not so much ornaments, and some people even choose a theme. At my house my girlfriend and I have a Harry Potter themed tree while at Brewer’s we have a red, gold, and green ornaments with a ribbon topper and a bunch of different lantern decorations. Whatever your thing is make it into a Christmas tree, get creative and have fun decorating your house for the holidays!
Brewer's Lantern's tree