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Christmas Tree Hints

Finding and setting up your Mill Hollow Christmas trees should be a time of joy for the family and not a time of frustration.  The following are some of time proven Christmas tree handling hints which should make this a memorable fun event.    

Hint:  If pine allergies are a problem, trying getting a Leyland cypress Christmas tree.

Hint:  Beware of buying a 10 foot or taller Christmas tree if you have a standard 5 foot step ladder.

Hint:  Use a measuring stick to check the Christmas tree height and width. Christmas trees look a foot or two shorter and narrower in the field than in your living room.

Hint:  Large Christmas trees especially ones over ten feet in height will require two ,possibly three, adults to place in stand, tighten stand to the stump, rotate the tree for the best side and then tie the top to a wall, balcony or stair case.

Hint:  If Christmas tree set up is delayed, keep netting on, place tree in a dark area like a closed garage and put stump in a big bucket of water.

Hint:  It is easier for two people to carry a netted christmas tree with the stump going forward. One should carry stump and slowly lead the way in to the house. The other person should hold the tree approximately 1/3 the way from the top and follow.

Hint:  For better Christmas tree stability and greater water reservoir, buy the largest tree stand you can afford.  Alternatively, bolt your stand to a 4x4 foot 3/4 inch plywood.

Hint:  Do not place a Christmas tree in direct sun light or under a heater air vent. It will quickly die and dry out!!  

Hint:  For most Christmas trees, it is easier to place the stand in the desired spot and then lift and rotate the netted Christmas tree into the stand. One or more people should hold the tree upright in the stand and one person tighten the stand bolts and verify it is standing straight.

Hint:  The "bulging side" of a baled Christmas tree is usually the best looking side. Place in stand accordingly  and then rotate stand if small adjustment needed.

Hint:  Keep netting on Christmas tree until it is standing straight in the stand. Then, cut and remove the netting.   (For many families, this is the time they enjoy hot chocolate and maybe even watch the movie "Christmas Holiday Adventure with Chevy Chase". )

Hint:  After setting up the Christmas tree, check the stand water level 3 to 4 hours afterwards and then twice daily afterwards.  A fresh cut Christmas tree can take a gallon or two of water the first day.  

Hint:  For better Christmas tree stability, tie tree top to wall hook, stair case or balcony. This is especially important if you have a small child or climbing cat.

Hint:  Use fish line to close holes by pulling branches together.

Hint:  Water is important to a Christmas Tree. The more water a tree takes in, the more fragrance you will get.

Hint:  A Christmas tree which runs dry of water in the stand will still be beautiful for three to four weeks.

Hint:  The "Red Bag Water Siphon" gives you an additional stand water supply in case you forget to add water.

Hint:  Reduce tree take down mess by placing the Christmas tree stand inside a "rolled up" tree bag.  The "rolled up" tree bag should be placed beneath the stand before you put the Christmas tree in the stand.  When taking tree down, pull the "rolled up" tree bag up over stand and the tree. When outside, cut the tree bag and remove the stand.

If you have any additional hints to add, please let us know!!  

Update 7/25/2015