Choosing a Christmas tree from the tree farm in my town has become a tradition in my household. My husband and I can’t wait to pick up our tree this weekend. Another tradition we’ve established is reviewing NFPA’s Christmas Tree Safety tip sheet, which is included with many other holiday safety reminders on the Project Holiday website.
The tip sheet reminds us that when we get to the farm, we’ll need to choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched. After we get the tree strapped to the roof of the car and bring it home, we’ll need to cut two inches from the base of the trunk before placing it in the stand.
We’ll add water to the tree stand and make a note to replenish the water every day. The tip sheet also includes pointers for putting lights on the tree and disposing of it after Christmas or when it is dry.
I’ve just thought of another tradition we can start in our household. Downloading the tip sheet and tacking it to the refrigerator to make sure the Christmas tree is enjoyed safely, all season long.