Trees are often cut weeks before they appear at your local supplier. Make sure the tree you choose is fresh—the needles shouldn't come off when you pull at the branches, and the branches shouldn't break when you bend them. Give the tree a good bounce and watch the needles that fall. Brown needles, which come from the center near the trunk, are fine, but if you see fallen green needles, the tree is too dry. Keep shopping.
By Larry BIlotti