The holiday season is full of memory-making moments – but is there anything more iconic than choosing your family’s Christmas tree?
Before you head out to your local Christmas tree farm, here’s what to keep in mind when choosing the perfect tree.
Preparing for a Christmas Tree
Choosing the best Christmas tree for your home comes down to some pre-planning.
Find a spot in your home where you want to locate your tree. Get the ceiling height measurement as well as the distance needed to move around the tree freely.
Once you get to the Christmas tree farm, you’ll want to look for a well-shaped tree with vibrant colours. Look for a tree that has plenty of branches that are spread out evenly on the trunk.
When you find a potential tree, press the needles of the branch between your thumb and forefinger. If there is only minimal needle shedding, then the tree is healthy.
A freshly cut tree feels heavy when you lift it off of the ground due to being full of sap.
How to Keep Your Tree Healthy for the Entire Holiday Season
Choosing the best Christmas tree is only half of the battle! You also have to keep it in good condition to last the entire holiday season.
After bringing it home, leave your tree in the garage for a few hours so that it can get used to a milder temperature. If it doesn’t have a freshly sawed base, take a few centimetres off the bottom to improve water uptake.
Once inside, cut away the tree netting and wait a few hours for the tree to fully relax into shape. Ensure the tree’s base is submerged in freshwater to extend its lifetime.
The Most Popular Christmas Tree Types
When it comes to choosing the right tree for your home, it doesn’t take long to get overwhelmed! The three most popular Christmas tree varieties are:
Balsam Fir: Regardless of where you live in Canada, the Balsam Fir is the most popular Christmas tree. Dark-green needles that boast a natural resistance to home heating and slender branches make this 5-9 foot tree type a yearly classic. Other benefits include an under-stated woodsy fragrance and a perfect, symmetrical shape.
Douglas Fir: A staple at most Christmas tree farms, the Douglas Fir is a beautiful 6-7 foot tall known for its strong fragrance. Featuring a dense, bushy shape, the Douglas Fir has a dark green or blue-green colour. Evenly spaced branches and soft needles make it a breeze to decorate. Its narrow base and great triangular shape make it suitable for all households.
Fraser Fir: Featuring lush, dense foliage and sturdy limbs, the 5-9 foot Fraser Fir is considered a premium Christmas tree variety. Great for households with children due to its soft, sturdy needles, this tree variety is an attractive bluish-green colour. Although not as fragrant as the Balsam Fir, the Fraser Fir holds its needles better.