Tips for Finding the Perfect Tree

What you need to know before buying a Christmas tree this year.
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with what you need to know before buying your Christmas tree. Now that Thanksgiving is over, this is a tradition at our house too. People are going out today, this weekend, to get their Christmas tree, Paula. The childhood memories, the axe, the saw, the needles sticking in your feet and hurting you. For many families, cutting down the tree is annual tradition. And getting it home and realizing that you have made a very common mistake. Nothing says Christmas more than trimming the tree. But sometimes the quest to find that tree -- There it is. Reporter: Can be as deeply religious as the holiday itself. And no one wants a Charlie brown disaster. So listen to the pros of the pine. We're surrounded by trees. How many are on this property? There's over 100,000 trees on the property. Reporter: Jaime Jones of the Jones family farm in Connecticut says the most common question is where are the big ones? That's where people go wrong. Size matters. They pick a tree out that's just a little bit too big. They unwrap it, boom. Reporter: When is the best time to buy? Tip number two, don't delay. All the best trees will be gone. Early buyers are happy buyers. Reporter: Tip number three, it's the hagt and the weight. Jt. A heavy tree is a healthy tree. It's full of water, it's packed. Dry wood means a dead tree. We don't sell dead trees. Reporter: But whatever people buy, pets can get through it all. Like on these videos posted on youtube. Tip number four, pet lovers love the blue spruce. Very sharp needles. The cats, once they find out the neelgtdss are sharp, nothing to do with the tree anymore. Reporter: The most secret for a healthy tree, tip number five, enough water in the stand. There's a lot of tricks out there, aspirin in the water or sug sugar. No. They're old wives tails. Reporter: I attempt to cut down my own family tree. I thought this was going to be a power saw? We have success. Jones reminds met most important part of buying a tree is creating memories. And by the time I drive home, even though I messed up rule number one -- it's too tall. Whoops. This will be one tree my family will remember for quite some time. Merry Christmas! Okay, so as we mentioned, those old wives tales, sugar, bleach, aspirin, to revive, all you have to do is make a fresh cut before you put it in the stand and keep water in the stand. Hot water? Doesn't work. Who thought aspirin would help? A doctor. Exactly. Dan -- I would have gone with an anti-inflammatory, personally. Paula, thank you for those very helpful tips. Blue spruce for the pets. And you can see more of Paula's report and how to avoid other holiday season pitfalls tonight on 20/20, true confessions. 10:00 P.M. Eastern, 9:00 central on ABC.

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