With Thanksgiving barely behind us, many holiday-lovers are excitedly turning their attention to preparing for Christmas! Decorations such as <a title="Wreaths" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/seasonal-decor/christmas-decorations/artificial-christmas-garland-wreaths/" target="_blank">wreaths</a>, <a title="Garlands" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/seasonal-decor/christmas-decorations/artificial-christmas-garland-wreaths/" target="_blank">garlands</a> and <a title="Christmas Lights" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/seasonal-decor/christmas-decorations/christmas-lights/" target="_blank">twinkling lights</a> are all big parts of making a home feel festive – but the real star of the show is the Christmas tree!</br></br>And, if you’re getting a live tree now, so soon after Thanksgiving, you need to make sure it lasts the long four weeks to Christmas day.</br></br>Here are some good ways to make sure your tree goes the distance:</br></br><strong>Pick a Good One!</strong></br></br>The first step to keeping your tree alive till Christmas is picking a fresh and healthy tree. You want to look for a tree with moist, pliable needles that are a lush green color. If you pick one with dry needles or brown patches, you’ve already set yourself up for disappointment.</br></br><strong>Let Your Tree Drink</strong></br></br>Once you’ve chosen <a title="Christmas Trees" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/seasonal-decor/christmas-decorations/artificial-christmas-trees/" target="_blank">the perfect tree</a>, make sure its base gets a fresh cut before you bring it into your home. When a new cut is made, sap begins to seal the porous edge, so you should place it in water as soon after cutting as possible to ensure the best water absorption.</br></br>From there, water your tree regularly, checking daily to make sure the cut end is fully submerged.</br></br><strong>Keep Your Tree Protected</strong></br></br>Any extra light or heat can cause your tree to dry out sooner and shed its needles. To prevent this, take precautions to keep your tree out of direct sunlight and make an effort to turn off the tree’s Christmas lights if you aren’t in the room to enjoy them.</br></br>Even light and heat from these everyday sources can dry out the needles over time, so take small steps to guard your tree and it will help a lot.</br></br><strong>Feed Your Tree (Optional)</strong></br></br>Tree food is a matter of much debate; some say it makes the tree last twice as long, while others assert that it does absolutely nothing. Most additives are inexpensive, low effort and harmless to the tree, though, so it doesn’t hurt to try adding some to your tree’s water.</br></br>The most popular additions include aspirin to prevent fungal growth, sugar or soda to give the tree energy, and specialized tree food powder or liquid, which usually contains some combination of sugars and preservatives.</br></br>And that’s all there is to it. Follow these steps, and your tree should be looking green and healthy long enough to help you ring in the New Year – but if you’d prefer to forgo the maintenance you can find beautiful <a title="Christmas Decor" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/seasonal-decor/christmas-decorations/" target="_blank">artificial Christmas trees and décor right here</a>!