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Thought for the Day:
Peace be in your heart today and know that all is well. “Dear ones,” the angels say often, “everything you need is inside your heart, and it it your willingness that will allow it to come to the surface in your life.” Today tell God you are ready to receive that which you want and need, and pray for others to have their needs met as well.
Prayer for the Day:
Dear God I love to give but help me also open up to receive your love and your grace in my life. Help me be willing to receive the answers to my prayers, and help others do the same as well.
Song for the Day:
Whitney Houston sings “Joy to the World.”
Let every heart receive! One of my favorites!
A freshly cut Christmas tree is a must-have for many families during the Holiday season. The sight and fragrance of a live evergreen tree can’t be imitated and is a vital part of the yearly celebration.
Taking proper care of a cut Christmas tree will ensure it remains green and healthy throughout the Holiday season. Without proper care, it will turn brown, drop needles on the floor, and become a fire hazard.
Follow these care tips so you can keep your fresh-cut Christmas tree green and fragrant for 30 or more days during the Holiday season.
Buy a Fresh Tree
When looking for a cut Christmas tree, check the ground under the tree. If there’s a lot of needles on the ground, leave the tree alone.
Check for freshness by gently grasping a branch and pulling your hand towards you. The needles should not fall off.
Acclimate the Tree
Don’t bring the cut tree directly into a warm, indoor environment. Allow it to remain outside in a sheltered location for 2-3 days to become acclimated to warmer temperatures.
Place the tree trunk in a bucket of water during this acclimation time and make sure the water never dries up. A cut tree can drink a gallon of water each day.
Cut Off 2-Inches
After the acclimation time, cut 2-inches off the bottom of the trunk. When the tree was first cut pitch began to ooze out of the wound and seal up the pores. By making a fresh cut across the trunk, the pores are reopened so the tree can drink water.
Select a location that is away from direct sunlight. Most people place their Christmas tree near a window so it can be viewed from outside but the sunshine coming in through the window dries out the tree. A north-facing window is fine but for other window exposures make sure the sun does not shine on the tree.
Place the tree away from sources of heat and away from the exterior door to avoid drafts.
A cool location that is far from a high-traffic area within the home is ideal. A nearby water source is also helpful because you will be watering the tree daily.
Water, Water, Water
As previously mentioned, a fresh-cut Christmas tree can drink 1-gallon of water a day. Make sure to add water frequently to the basin and never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
Some people place sphagnum moss or potting soil around the base of the tree trunk to help retain moisture. Either can help but just plain water is the essential element.
The warmer the room the more water the tree will need to stay alive. Check water level at least once a day, twice is better.