Most cut trees were felled at least two months ago and the process of the tree dying has already begun.
Look for a green, moist tree.
Grab hold of a bough and pull gently towards you. If a large number of needles pulls off into your hand find another tree.
Another test to check for dryness is to hold the tree by the trunk near the top and bounce the butt of the tree off of the ground. If a large number of needles fall off, find another tree.
Once that perfect family tree has been located, have the seller cut 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches of the trunk of the tree off. This allows for better water absorption by the tree and it will stay moist longer.
Make sure you have the means to haul the tree home. Do not allow the tree to be tied to your vehicle in such away that it may fall of and cause a crash. Likewise, make sure the tree is not blocking your view to the front, sides or rear.
When you arrive home with your tree, place it in a sturdy stand and place the tree in the garage or basement for a few hours to adjust from the cold outdoor temperatures to the indoor temperatures gradually.
When choosing a location in your home for your tree consider the following:
Don’t place the tree close to a heat vent, fire place or portable heater
Don’t place your tree where it will block an escape path in the event of fire
Decorate your tree with only U.L. rated lights and decorations.
Use caution with extension cords and don’t overload electrical outlets and circuits.
Water your tree at LEAST once a day. More often if needed.
Check the tree daily for dryness. If excessive dryness is occurring, consider removing the tree early.
When your ready to take down your tree, dispose of it properly. Recycle if you can. DO NOT try and burn your tree or other holiday decorations in a fireplace or wood stove.