Christmas Tree Safety and Installation Tips Q&A
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We had no idea that anyone at "Northpole.com" was watching us...
I guess Santa has to do a few home repairs himself from time to time!! That is, ever since the elves union filed a grievance concerning non-toy making related work!! Anyway, Santa is now a subscriber, and he has sent us a few tips about handling live Christmas trees.
Always cut off at least an inch from the bottom of your tree before
putting it in the stand. This reopens the pores in the trunk and allows the
water you put in the base to absorb into the tree, slowing down the inevitable
After struggling for a half hour with a lush 12' pine, he just couldn't get the tree standing perfectly straight... close, but no cigar! Then, out of the blue, the homeowner chimed in," I have a trick that I've used in the past... be back in a sec."
She disappeared upstairs, and reappeared carrying a small three ring binder... her trusty Weight Watchers Cookbook!. NH carefully tipped the tree back, lifting one edge of the base slightly off the floor, and she slid the binder under the base. Voila! Straight tree. As a finishing touch, they decided to secure the tree to a window molding behind the tree, using strong cord (fishing line is ideal for this) and thumb tacks (through the edge of the molding, not the face)... just in case. NH wanted you to know that this might not work with all tree bases, and that you may need more than one cookbook. Time to trim that tree!!
And diet later!