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I can’t believe that many of my friends and family have already started to get their homes decorated for Christmas.
Personally, I try to hang on until at least Dec. 1 before I turn on the outdoor lights or put up a tree in front of the window.
This is partially because it’s tradition in my family to wait, but also because I always go with a live tree, which won’t survive much longer than five-six weeks indoors before it sheds all of its needles.
If you’re like me and are going with a real tree this year, here are my rules for keeping it looking its best for as long as possible.
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It’s a tradition in my family to bring some outdoor elements in when we celebrate Christmas. In fact, I start getting festive the moment the smell of fresh evergreen greets me at the front door.
So, this year I am sharing my home with you so that you can see how we do it, in hopes you might get inspired to run out and cut some boughs right before your guests arrive.
Choose your branches carefully
Cedar smells great but dries out really quickly. I love using fir and cypress because they hold their needles longer even when they get crispy. I also mix in some boxwood because the round leaves are a visual counter to the long and slender needles of the other evergreens in my arrangements.
If you’re at all like me and choose to have a real tree in your home for the holidays, then now is the time to go out and get it. I realize that those homeowners with a faux tree may already have theirs up, but for us ‘traditionalists,’ waiting until the cold snap has hit the air truly signifies the start of the holiday season. Before you make the trek out to the lot or the tree farm, here are a few things to consider when choosing what type of tree will work best for you: