How to pick the perfect Christmas tree and keep it looking festive

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It's December and that can mean only one thing, it's time to deck the halls...

Christmas Tree

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It's Christmas time (but there's no need to be afraid). So with December finally upon us, we can start thinking about getting in the festive spirit and putting up a Christmas tree. Yippee!

But if you're easily overwhelmed by all the choice (to Spruce or not to Spruce?) and have no idea how to look after it when you get home - Handbag.com to the rescue.

London's premiere Christmas tree specialists, Pines and Needles have put together the following guide to help you make the most of your Christmas tree...

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Size matters


Determine your space - you don't want to swamp your room, but trees that are within 30cm (1 foot) of the ceiling are always most impressive.

Note that a Christmas tree is approximately half as wide as it is tall - so get an idea of the width of the space the tree will fill.

Variety


There are a vast array of Christmas trees - Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce, Lodge Pole Pine and Frazer Fir are the most popular.

The Nordman Fir is the nation's favourite, a non-drop tree with a triangular shape and soft needles.

The right tree


Make sure that your tree has a healthy mid green colour with the same colour extending to the tips.

Make sure all the branches are in tact and are not drooping.

Feel a branch in your palm and feel for healthy springy needles. Unhealthy trees have limp needles and appear dark and waxy looking.

Preparing the tree


Ask the sales assistant to prune any unsightly branches or excess 'leader' (the top of the tree).

A fresh cut 2cm from the base of the tree will enable the tree to soak up water from your all-important water-holding stand.

Stand the tree up


Cinco stands are robust stands will help keep your tree fresh for longer.

They come in a variety of sizes, and it is recommended to get one size too big if you have an inquisitive toddler or family pet.

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Placement


Make sure that if possible you keep the tree away from direct heat sources. This will prolong the life of the tree and minimise any risk of danger.

Putting the tree up


Put the tree in the stand whilst it is still netted. Drive the tree into the central spike, making sure the trunk is central and any low branched fall either side of the bolts.

Securely tighten the bolts ensuring the leader is nice and straight.

The best side


Like us, all trees have a best side.

Simply rotate the tree once in its stand until you are sure its just right.

Feed your tree


A healthy tree does not know it has been cut down.

If you keep your stand topped up with water every few days it will last far better.

Ding dong merrily on high...

For more information, visit PinesandNeedles.com

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