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Christmas Tree Trimming Tips

12/07/2012 04:26 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2013

With the holiday season in full swing, the family Christmas tree is something you should start thinking about now. Hunting for the ideal tree can often feel more like a chore than a pleasure, but with a little organization and these helpful tips, your family will be able to enjoy the perfect tree over the holidays.

Pick the tree: If you're opting for a real Christmas tree, the best trees recommended are Douglas fir and Fraser -- they are known to last longer if they are properly cared for.

Find the proper base: Make sure you purchase a stand that is appropriate to the size of the tree. This ensures that it is sturdy and won't topple over with ornaments, tinsel and string lighting.

Break from tradition, and place your tree stand in a watertight planter: This is a great trick if you want a change from the classic tree skirt. You create more room for Christmas presents and it gives you a tailored, modern effect.

Keep the tree in the right climate: Making sure your tree stays in consistent temperatures ensures that the tree will not dry out. Another helpful tip is to mist the tree from time to time. Adding a small amount of sugar to the water will also help extend the lifespan of the tree.

The rule about lights: Lights should be strung on before adding the ornaments. Ornaments will help conceal the wires and integrate the lighting deeper in the branches, versus only on the outer branches.

Sort your ornaments: Sort your ornaments by color or theme palette before you start hanging them on the tree. This will allow you to better balance colour schemes -- giving you a more polished product.

Make the tree last: Most real trees should last approximately two weeks. The key is to keep the water replenished and to ensure the tree is freshly cut. To maintain water absorption, cut one inch (two centimeters) off the base of the tree's trunk.