Tips for picking the perfect Christmas tree

- The most popular trees for Christmas decorating are the Fraser Fir and the Balsam.

Stew Leonard Jr. of Stew Leonard's stores shares tips and tricks for picking and enjoying the perfect Christmas tree.

"The Fraser Fir is the best seller. Feel the difference in the branches. They are thick if you want to hang some high, heavy duty ornaments. They are about $70 and you're going to pay about $160- $180 in New York City,"said Lenoard.

1. Grab the branch and pull on it to see if any needles come off. If any do, it's dry.

2. Look at the shape. It should look like a Christmas tree.

3. The bottom of the bark should be freshly cut so as to absorb the water better. Get a fresh cut of at least 1/2 inch.

4. Buy a tree that is one foot shorter than your ceiling to allow enough room to top the tree with a star or angel.

5. Make sure to get the bottom branches trimmed to allow for at least six-inches of the trunk to stand comfortably in the tree stand.

6. Never shave the bark off the tree. The tree actually “drinks” through the bark, not the stump.

7. Stew’s tree experts also recommend adding Stew’s Miracle Tree to the tree stand, which is a special formula developed with their growers that replenishes the tree’s nutrients immediately. Simply fill the tree stand with one part Stew’s Miracle Tree and two parts warm water.

8. Place your tree away from a heat source and direct sunlight and keep your tree hydrated with plenty of water.

For decorating your tree, here are Stew Leonard’s top three tips for selecting the right holiday lights:

1. Buy about 100 lights per foot of tree.

2. For customers looking to update their old Christmas tree lights, LED lights have become an increasingly popular option. LED lights are brighter than incandescent, use less electricity and give customers the option of attaching more strands per run (exactly how many strands that can be connected will depend upon the manufacturer).

3. Cool White LED lights will lend a bluish tone while Warm White and Multicolor LED lights will give off a look closer to incandescent bulbs.

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