1. Check the delivery date Most pre-cut Christmas trees were cut several weeks before arriving on the lot. Ask the lot attendant when the trees were cut and delivered. Buy your tree early in the season for the best selection.
2. "Drop test" for freshness To test for freshness, lift the tree a couple of inches off the ground and drop it on its trunk. If it's fresh, green needles should not shed.
3. Pull on branchesAnother easy way to test for freshness is to hold a tree branch and lightly run your hand outwards. Very few needs should come off if the tree is fresh.
4. Check the tree trunk Check the trunk for straightness. Securing a tree in a stand can be a challenge if the trunk is crooked. You also want to make sure that limbs can be removed without hurting the tree's shape.
5. Inspect the Christmas tree for insects Check your Christmas tree thoroughly for egg masses, insects and other pests.
6. Be mindful of where you set up your Christmas treeAvoid placing your tree near fireplaces, air ducts, radiators and other heat sources. For looks and safety, the ideal height for a Christmas tree is at least four feet below the ceiling height.
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