The Christmas season is now in full swing, and our family tradition is that we go and buy our fresh tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.  We load up our little family up in the car and then trek off to the local hardware store.  Sometimes it is snowy, other times it is slushy, but it is always fun and full of holiday cheer.

We set up the tree and just drink in the crisp, woodsy smell of the outdoors and all things Christmas.  It is one of the most delightful parts of the season.

Fast forward four weeks and Christmas has passed and the New Year is closing in and the tree is usually starting to look more than a little shabby.  Needles are dropping off everywhere, and you can vacuum them all up and an hour later there’s a thousand more gracing the floor.  The holiday charm has definitely worn off and, if you’re like me, you can’t wait to get the tree out the door so it will stop causing so much mess.

Please tell me I am not the only one! Ok, good!

Thankfully I was able to figure out how to keep a Christmas tree fresh, and now we enjoy the tree all the way through the season.

Want me to share?  I will!

It is important to do a few things when you bring a fresh Christmas tree home, so make sure you are doing these few things first:

  • Make a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree so that it will take up water better.
  • Use a tree stand with a large water reservoir.  The more water that is available means the less you’ll need to babysit the tree.
  • Put it in water as soon as possible, and refill the water as needed over the first 24 hours as the tree drinks its fill.
  • Check the water daily and refill as needed.

But here’s the trick we found to keep our Christmas tree fresher over the last several years:  Essential Oils!

The idea came to me a few Christmas seasons ago and we gave it a try, and wouldn’t you know, it worked!

So here’s what we do:

How to Keep a Christmas Tree Fresh

When we water the Christmas tree we add 6 drops of Balsam Fir essential oil to the water.

When we bring the tree home we make sure to take all the steps above, but when we add the water we add 6 drops of Balsam Fir essential oil!  We chose this oil because we typically get fresh fir trees for Christmas and while we don’t get a Balsam Fir tree specifically, it seems to be a close enough match to do very nicely.

Then every time we add more water we add a few more drops of the Balsam Fir essential oil to the water and the tree stays fresh and beautiful longer!

The years that we have done this it has extended the freshness of our tree past Christmas and it keeps our living area smelling beautiful, too!

Can I try other oils?

I would say you may try matching your oil to your tree type by type, but you will likely notice good results with whatever evergreen tree oil you use, regardless of it matching.

You could consider using:

  • Balsam Fir (like we do)
  • Blue or Black Spruce
  • Evergreen Essence (a blend of several different evergreen oils)
  • Pine

It is a beautifully fragrant, incredibly natural, and fabulously simple way to keep the Christmas tree fresh all through the holiday season!  We love it!

How about you?

Do you have any favorite tips on how to keep a Christmas tree fresh?  What did I miss?