It’s officially the time to sing ‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la’! Yes, we are talking about none other than the occasion of Xmas and the centrepiece of holiday decor – the Christmas tree. After all, there’s nothing like the scent of fresh pine wafting through the home. And if you want your tree to stay fresh & radiant throughout the season, follow these tips –
Choosing the Right Tree
Start with a healthy foundation! When selecting your tree, opt for one that comes with vibrant green needles which don’t easily fall off when touched. A gentle shake should leave minimal needles behind.
Trimming the Trunk
Once you’ve found your perfect Christmas tree, give its trunk a fresh cut. A straight, even slice, about an inch from the base, ensures optimal water absorption. This simple step can make a world of difference in your tree’s longevity.
Water, Water, Water
Just like you and your loved ones, your Christmas tree needs hydration. Place it in a sturdy tree stand with a water reservoir, and make it a habit to check and refill daily. A well-hydrated tree is a happy tree.
Keep your Xmas tree away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. When you directly expose them to heat, it can accelerate needle-dropping, leaving you with a prematurely bare tree.
Lights First, Decorations Later
Put up your fairy lights before adorning your tree with ornaments. This way, you can easily see and fix any dark spots. Plus, it’s a more enjoyable process without delicate ornaments in the way.
While it’s tempting to load up your tree with ornaments, exercise restraint. Decorating Christmas tree like a pro requires a balanced approach. One should not only showcase each ornament but also reduce stress on the tree’s branches.
Keep it Cool
Lowering the room temperature helps slow down the drying process. A cooler environment means your tree retains its moisture longer.
Take a moment each day to inspect your tree for dry or browning needles. Plucking these off ensures the tree’s energy goes into preserving the healthy ones.
Freshness from Top to Bottom
If possible, rotate your Christmas tree every few days. This ensures that all sides receive their fair share of light and helps maintain an even appearance.
As the holiday season unfolds, let your Christmas tree be a beacon of festive cheer. By following the aforementioned tips, you can extend its vibrancy well into the New Year.
P.S: Remember, as you bid farewell to the holiday decorations, consider recycling your Christmas tree. It’s a small, eco-friendly gesture to wrap up the season and contribute to a greener New Year.