Normal 0 1. Shop For YourTree EarlyDon’t need to wait untilthe last minute to buy your tree. Ifyou take care of your tree It will last until the end of the holidayperiod. In fact your tree should lastfor a very long time. So give yourselftome to choose carefully..2. Buy a ProperlyDesigned Christmas Tree StandThis will save you a lotof time and trouble so don’t begrudge the extra expense3. CheckOnly Buy a Tree That Looks FreshYour tree should look healthy. Check this by running your hands gently over a few of the lowerbranches. The needles should stay in place. Falling needles indicate that a tree is drying out. If a tree sheds its needles don’t buy it.4. Help Your Tree To AcclimatiseTry to avoid bringing atree from the cold into a warm house. Try turning off the heating in the room where you plan to erect the treeand then gradually increasing the temperature.If you don’t plan toerect the tree immediately leave it somewhere cool, dry and sheltered. You should stand the tree in a bucket ofwater, which must be kept topped up. 5. Cut a SmallSection Off the Tree (About 1”)You should do this justbefore you bring the tree into the house. The fresh cut will permit the tree todrink water via its pores, which would otherwise get blocked within a veryshort time. This is essential.6. Keep Your TreeAway from Heat SourcesHeat will make theneedles dry out, so the further the tree is from any source of heat thebetter. However, if you are restrictedto positioning the tree near a radiator, turn the heating down as far as possible, and consider switching theradiator off overnight.7. Place YourTree in Water Don’t put your tree inpeat or soil or sand. They will block the pores of the tree. You must put the tree in water! That’s why we recommended that you buy aspecially designed stand. Before youfill your stand with water, it would be advisable to put a piece of waterproofmaterial under the stand to protect your carpet from any spills that might takeplace when the stand is being filled. You can camouflage this with some Christmassy material. 8. Keep ToppingUp The WaterYou should do this everyday. Your tree could drink a couple oflitres every day. If you don’t keep thestand topped up and the water leveldrops below the tree's trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, andthis will stop the tree from drinking any further water. The only way to retrieve the situation wouldbe to take the tree and cut another section off the bottom trunk !