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Tips on how to find the perfect Christmas tree were provided to Momsreview4you with permission from Quality Living Expert Dawn Bryan


How to Select a Live or Cut Tree:
·         Check condition of the needles by bending the needle gently between your thumb and forefinger. The fresh needle should bend easily, not break.
·         Pull your hand toward you along the branch. Needles should adhere to the branch and not fall off in your hand.
·         If a cut tree, lift the tree a few inches off the ground, then drop it on stump end. If outside needles fall off in abundance, it is probably not fresh. If old needles, which have been lodged among the branches from prior shedding fallout, this is not a sign of a dry tree. 

How to Select an Artificial Tree:
·         For a realistic look, purchase one with PE needles (rather than PVC), a center pole, and individual stick branch attachments.
·         For easy assembly, choose one with PE needles, a center pole, hinged branch attachments and pre-strung lights.
·         Artificial trees come in a myriad of varieties, heights and shapes to fit into your space and decorating style. 
·         “Tip count” can be used as an advertising ploy, and usually makes little difference to the overall appearance, mattering much less than needle quality.
·         For quality, look at the branch ends: well-crafted trees use heavier gauge metal and have sculpted, not snipped-off, ends.
·         Lights: Look for three-year or 3,000 hour warranty,  80-100 lights per square foot,  twist-proof sockets, the ability for the entire string to stay lit, even if a single bulb burns out, is broken or removed; and have 8-10 inches between lights.

We have a a real Christmas tree this year. Which do you have, Live or Artificial?