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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | Holidays 2018 63 Choosing Your Tree Choosing a Christmas tree for your family home is one of the most iconic of holiday traditions. Live and artificial trees are symbols of life embedded into the holiday. Here are some tips for creating a memo- rable tradition for your family. Bring Snacks We all make better decisions on a full stomach. Whether you are cutting down your tree or choosing from trees that have been pre-cut in a lot, packing a Christmas cookie or two never hurts the process. A ther- mos of cocoa will also bring you and your family some warm holiday cheer while you shop. Bring Tools There are a few tools to bring when choosing your tree, the first being a measuring tape. You want to make sure your tree will fit the space. If you are buying from a lot, most trees are organized by type (pine or spruce) and then by height. But don't forget to also measure diameter. Keep in mind that the branches will relax after the tree is set up in a stand, making it even fuller. Look for the Best Check each trees freshness before deciding on one. When you bend a needle, does it break in your hand? Fresh firs will snap while fresh pines should bend but not break. When you touch the tree, the needles should stay on. A tree that seems to be losing its needles will proba- bly be completely bald before Christmas Day. Make sure you're getting your money's worth. Consider a local tree farm with experts who will be able to accurately answer any questions you have on the quality and robustness of the tree. – © 2018 Green Shoot Media NOV-15-2018-MAG-CL-88-Laura.indd 63 11/7/18 10:37 AM

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