December 1 marks the start of 25 days of Christmas. That means people will start picking out the perfect tree. "Usually this first and second weekends in December are the busiest," said Mark Kline, of the Club for Boys.
Kline helps out with the Club's Christmas Tree lot, one the biggest fundraisers for the organization. "People don't come here just to buy the cheapest tree, they come to our lot because it serves a purpose," said Kline.
But not every tree at every farm is the best to decorate in your living room. Kline offers up some tips to make sure your tree isn't drying out. "Grab the branch between your thumb and forefinger, bend it, and slide your fingers out towards the end. If the needles go flying out all over the place, the needles are drying out and it's not a tree to buy," said Kline.
Also, shake the tree. "An excess of needles or a lot of needles is not a good sign," said Kline.
Then, have the bottom of the tree cut. "The tree is sealed over on the bottom and get road grime and things that will inhibit it from getting water up into the system," said Kline.
Lastly, make sure it is taking water the first couple days you bring it home. But Kline may have missed an important visual tip when picking the tree… according to some shoppers. "We just want something tall, big, and fat," said Melissa Hood, who gets her tree from the Club's lot every year.
Abigail Wahl agreed. "I like my trees fat," said Wahl.