When to put up a Christmas tree
According to Nicole, the answer of when to put up your Christmas tree depends on whether you're working with a store-bought synthetic tree or a real tree.
For fresh Christmas trees, their longevity is extremely variable. Some have reported that their real Christmas tree has only lasted between two to three weeks, however, some online suppliers claim if placed correctly and taken care of, fresh trees can retain their trademark festive green between four and six weeks.
"I've got a good friend who last year came into the store around November 25 and said, 'We've got our real tree!' and then they came in a couple of weeks later, around December 15th, and said 'Our tree is dead'," Nicole said.
For artificial trees, Nicole shared that typically December 1st is the go-to day to drag your store-bought tree out of storage.
While there may be some debate over whether a real or synthetic Christmas tree is better than the other, Nicole believes that the artificial options can be just as festive as the real thing.
"I love artificial trees. They make them so much easier to decorate and of course, there's no expiry date," Nicole shared.
If you're a fresh tree lover, Nicole recommends that you wait until the second weekend of December to pick up your tree to ensure it looks fresh and sprightly on the big day.
"If you want a real tree, I would be holding off a little longer. In Europe they decorate their trees on Christmas Eve because they want them to be as fresh as possible," Nicole said.
"The second weekend of December is ideal, so you can enjoy them for two or three weeks."