12/01/2014 09:40 EST | Updated 01/31/2015 05:59 EST

3 ways to make your tree last 'til Christmas

Christmas tree lots are open for business and families across the Lower Mainland aren't wasting any time picking out their perfect tree. 

If you're eager to bring the holiday spirit into your home with the perfect tree here are three tips you'll need to remember to make it last until Christmas.

1. Buy wisely
Buying a tree at the beginning of December may mean you'll need to splurge a little on a higher quality tree like the Noble Fir or a Normand Fir to make it last. Trees can vary a lot in price from $5 a foot for an Interior Douglas to $14 a foot for a Noble Fir. 

2. Water, water, water!
Get the bottom of your tree cut off when you buy it at the lot and put it in water right when you get home. To keep your tree from shedding needles it will need a lot of water. Do not let the water fall below the cut line.

3. Location
Place your tree in a cool place, away from radiators, heat sources and bright lights.