A horticulturist at the University of Illinois Extension has some tips for picking out and caring for your Christmas Tree. You're looking for the freshest tree possible, according to the Extension’s Richard Hentschel. Cutting your own tree is always fun, but those sold on a lot are also a good option.

If you're buying a tree that's already cut, give it a shake.

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Many lots will make a fresh cut at the base for you, or you can do that at home. Hentschel says it's a good idea to put the tree in a bucket of room temperature water for a few hours before you bring it indoors to give it a big drink. Trees will need constant watering, especially at first, to ensure they last through the holidays.

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