Everything You Need to Know About Decorating Your Christmas Tree

From picking the perfect tree to decking it out, ensure your holiday centerpiece shines in more ways than one

Care For It

Keep your tree looking fresh and festive all season long.

Hydrate often. This is the key to making the tree last and keeping it healthy. A cut tree can absorb between a quart and a gallon of water per day. Check the stand daily; add water as needed.

Stay cool. To help slow the drying process, considering lowering the temperature where the tree is displayed. At the very least, turn down the thermostat when you leave the house or go to bed. As a safety precaution, switch off the tree's lights, too.

Remove promptly. Dry, brittle trees are more than unattractive--they can be a fire hazard.


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