Last year, we had a Douglas Fir, and this year, it's a very tall and elegant Nordmann Fir. Use the beautiful guide above to explore the different types of Christmas trees available, and to see which kind you love most and fits most perfectly with your style and home.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
It is very important that a cut tree is as fresh as possible when you buy it. Be certain the needles are not dull or dry and that the branches are not brittle. The outer needles should not fall off when the tree is gently shaken. After you've bought your tree, keep it outside in a cool, shaded place, preferably in standing water, until it is time to bring it indoors. Before you bring the tree in, it helps to cut half an inch off the base to open up the pores. Mount the tree in a water-holding stand and place away from direct heat. Keep the container topped up with water every day—you'll be surprised how much it needs.
From the article Heart of the Celebration by Sian Williams, with photography by Polly Eltes as seen in House Beautiful Christmas Ideas 2013