Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh

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The Christmas tree is one of the highlights of the holiday season. North Carolina produces over 4 million Christmas trees each year, and is ranked second in the nation in Christmas tree production. There are many choose and cut tree farms locally, and throughout eastern North Carolina, that offer varieties of pines, cedars, and cypress that grow well in a milder climate. The Fraser fir is grown in the far Western North Carolina counties and is the most popular Christmas tree in North America. Frasier firs are shipped into every state in the United States and to other counties all over the world.

If you choose to enjoy a traditional live tree this year, these are some steps you can take to keep your tree fresh. After you purchase your tree, make a one-inch fresh cut off the trunk. If you can, place the tree in a large bucket of water and let it soak for a day or two. Misting the tree might also help it remain fresh. Remember that our heated homes are not a natural environment for a tree. When you bring the tree into the house, choose a stand that will hold at least a gallon of water. Checking the stand often and keeping it full of water is one of the most important ways to extend the life of your tree. Another key to having a fresh tree is to avoid placing the tree near heat vents, fireplaces and other heat sources. Always remember to turn off the lights when leaving the house or going to bed and do not overload electric circuits.

Celebrating the Christmas season with a Christmas tree is a custom that can be traced back for well over 500 hundred years. Remember a fresh cut, fresh water, and a cool room will help you to enjoy your tree in your 21st century home.