1. Measure the height of the ceiling in the room where you will display your tree. Choose a tree that is at least one foot shorter than the ceiling height (take a tape measure with you). Also, it’s best to measure the opening of your tree stand and make sure the base of your chosen tree will fit.
2. Run your fingers along the needles and give the tree a shake. If the tree is fresh, the needles should be pliable and no more than ten should fall off.
3. Make sure the base of the tree is straight and at least six inches long, so it will fit easily into the tree stand.