Place the tree in a location that's away from all heat sources - including the sun.
Put plastic sheeting under the tree stand to protect the floor from scrapes, and to protect it in case of spillage.
Place the tree in a stand that holds at least a gallon of water. Fill it with warm water to keep pitch from forming. Because you will, of course, remember to water it regularly this year, right?
Check the water supply a couple times a day - especially in the beginning when the tree can absorb a gallon a day.
If you let the water level drop below the cut, sap will form and you'll have to remove the tree to make a fresh cut.
This is tricky, to say the least, if you've already put on the ornaments.
Spray your tree with antitranspirant to keep water from evaporating from the needles. In fact, resolve to keep the entire tree as hydrated as you possibly can this holiday season.
And when Santa drops in come Dec. 25, he'll find a fresh, fragrant tree to place gifts beneath.
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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.