Choosing a Real Christmas Tree is a fun outing for the whole family and easy to do. In many households, the holiday season does not begin until the family goes to a local tree farm to pick out their tree. To make your tradition a more memorable and pleasant one, Suzanne Dohner from Christmas Treeland offers a few simple steps for selecting the perfect tree.
First, check the ceiling height where you will display the tree. Try to select a tree at least six inches shorter than the ceiling height.
Do a freshness test. Gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and brush it towards you. Very few needles should come off in your hand.
Once you select your tree, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area such as a porch or garage to protect it from the wind and sun until you’re ready to decorate it.
Before you set up your tree, make a fresh, straight cut across the trunk (about a half-inch up from the original cut) and place the tree in a stand that holds a gallon or more of water.
Keep the tree stand filled with water. Sap will seal the stump within four to six hours if the water level drops below the tree base, preventing the tree from absorbing water. If a seal does form, you will need to make another fresh cut.
Your tree will absorb up to a gallon of water in the first 24 hours and a quart or more every day thereafter. Water keeps the tree fragrant and prevents the needles from drying and the boughs from drooping.
Finally, keep your tree away from heat and draft sources like fireplaces, radiators and television sets. Test your light cords for cracked insulation or broken sockets before hanging them. Also, be sure to unplug the lights before going to bed, or when you leave the house. Never overload electrical circuits.
In addition to offering locally grown “award winning” Christmas trees, Christmas Treeland also specializes in hand-decorated wreaths and garland. The farm is located a ½ mile north of Baraboo from County Road BD (Old Hwy 12) then west a ¼ mile on Terrytown Road; or, 6 miles south of 90/94 (Dells Exit 92) from U.S. Highway Hwy 12 to Baraboo Exit 218 then into Baraboo. They are open starting Friday, November 29 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 am until 5 pm. For more information on Real Christmas trees, you can visit their web site at www.ChristmasTreeland.com .