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While the Thanksgiving weekend will soon be over, the holidays are in full force with Christmas just around the corner.

A horticulturist at the University of Illinois Extension has some tips for picking out and caring for your Christmas tree.

Richard Hentschel with the U of I Extensions says you're looking for the freshest tree possible. Cutting your own tree is always fun but those sold in a lot are also a good option.

If you're buying a tree that's already been cut, Hentschel says it's helpful to give it a shake.

Hentschel says many lots will make a fresh cut at the base for you. He says it's a good idea to put the tree in a bucket of room temperature water for a few hours before you bring it indoors. Trees will need constant watering, especially at first to ensure they last through the holidays.