Take a fresh look with NBC 4 consumer reporter Liz Crenshaw.
Question: How can you make sure your Christmas tree lasts through the holiday season?
Answer: We checked with the National Christmas Tree Association for this answer. It tells us to keep that tree hydrated. Once you get home, place the tree in water as soon as possible-- no later than 8 hours after the trunk is cut. As a general rule, there should be one quart of water per inch of stem diameter in your Christmas tree stand. And check the water level often. Some trees may take in a lot of water, especially within the first few days. Also, keep your tree away from sources of heat such as fireplaces, heat vents, and direct sunlight. And turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or going to bed.