spotlight It’s tree time: How to pick a fresh Christmas tree Tribune News Service Nov 30, 2019 It’s that time of year again. If you decided to go real instead of artificial, there are a few things you need to know. Pick a fresh one All trees will lose some needles. Shake tree firmly. If large amounts fall off, the tree might not be that fresh. On firs the branches should be flexible. HO/TNS Make a fresh cut Remove bottom branches and cut at least one inch off base of trunk. HO/TNS Get it in water Get the tree in water as soon as possible before the trunk scabs over. Add nothing to the water. HO/TNS A look at some popular varieties: Douglas Fir These soft needles are dark-green or blue-green in color and are approximately 1 - 1 ½ inches in length. The Douglas fir needles radiate in all directions from the branch. When crushed, these needles have a sweet fragrance. They are one of the top Christmas tree choices in the U.S. HO Balsam fir This tree exhibits a relatively dense, dark-green, pyramidal crown with a slender spire-like tip. On lower branches needles generally occur as two-ranked (two rows along sides of the branch), 3/4 - 1 1/2 inches long, spreading and not crowded. The needles tend to be shorter and curved upward. HO Nordmann fir This tree has a unique appearance from other Christmas tree species. With their thick, symmetrically arranged branches Nordmann fir are perfect for displaying heavy ornaments. The dark green needles are short and smooth, and are covered in a waxy cuticle that prevents water loss. HO Fraser fir Fraser fir is a uniform, pyramid-shaped tree. Strong branches are turned slightly upward, which gives the tree a compact appearance. Needles are flattened and dark-green with a medial groove on the upper side and two broad silvery-white bands on the lower surface. HO Tags Wire Tns Home-garden Christmas Trees Holidays Dccdbz Related to this collection Most Popular +80 Movies Photos: 103 years of Kirk Douglas Dec 10, 2019 Actor Kirk Douglas turned 103 on Dec. 9. Here's a look back at his life and career in photos. +10 Movies Photos: Remembering actor Danny Aiello, 1933-2019 Updated 14 hrs ago Danny Aiello, the character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in "The Godfather, Part II" and his Oscar-nominated perf… +20 Movies 2020 Golden Globe Awards: A look at the nominees in top categories Dec 9, 2019 A list of nominees in the top categories at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday. The Golden Globes will air live on NBC on J… +4 Movies Movie reviews: 'Richard Jewell' will make you root for the little guy Dec 12, 2019 Movie critic Bruce Miller says Paul Walter Hauser gets the role of a lifetime in "Richard Jewell" and Kathy Bates does a masterful job in the … Movies 10 movies that everyone is streaming right now Dec 12, 2019 Feel like a good movie? People are buzzing about these new releases. Stay in tonight and stream one of this week's most popular movies. Movies 10 movies that everyone is streaming right now Dec 5, 2019 Feel like a good movie? People are buzzing about these new releases. Stay in tonight and stream one of this week's most popular movies. Movies 2020 SAG Award nominees by category Updated Dec 11, 2019 Scarlett Johansson received two individual nominations, “Parasite” scored a best ensemble nod and both “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time ..… +4 Movies 🎬 Action: 4 movies releasing this week Nov 30, 2019 Looking for a relaxing activity for this weekend? Why not treat yourself with a good movie?