O, Christmas Tree!
There are about a million acres of land devoted to growing Christmas trees in the United States, and from those acres millions of trees are cut and shipped around the country, where they will be come the centerpiece of many families Christmas traditions. This tradition that is a staple for many is actually a fairly new ritual. Started by the Germans around the 16th century, most American families did not fully adopt the tradition until the mid-19th century.
Before you venture out here are a few helpful hints about finding the perfect tree:
Measure the Room
Before you size up a tree, size up the space it will occupy. Rule of thumb: Eight-foot ceilings fit a six- or seven-foot tree.
Check for Freshness
Gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. If the tree is fresh then just a few needles should come off.
Consider the Varieties
We have three premium, hand-cut, cold shipped species of trees in store this year:
Originally a native of North Carolina, the 7-9 foot Fraser Fir is a great Christmas tree because of its density and compactness.
Sourced from Oregon, 6-9 foot Noble Firs have long been considered a classic Christmas tree because of their majestic beauty, rich fragrance and stiff branches. These premium trees have excellent needle retention and have a bluish-green tint on top but appear silver. Decorative 2-4’ Noble Firs are also available.
Last, but not least, the Nordman Fir is the European Christmas tree of choice, also sourced from Oregon, are available in 7-8 foot heights at all stores This handsome fir is highly symmetric with dark green glossy needles that are not sharp.
Here are a few basic care instructions to help keep your tree beautiful through the holiday season:
Make sure the tree has been freshly cut. Cut 1-2 inches off the base before placing in tree stand.
Make sure your tree has plenty of water to prevent drying, the tree will drink up to a quart of water a day in the first week or two.
Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets and other heat sources, these elements can prematurely dry out your tree
Turn off all lights and decorations before going to bed or anytime you leave home.
Be careful not to overload electrical outlets.
For your convenience we have tree stands for sale in-store. There are also a wide variety of fresh wreaths available including boxwood, magnolia, and evergreens.