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Photo: Andrey_Kuzmin (Shutterstock) The air is crisp. It’s getting dark at 4 p.m. The mailbox is stuffed increasingly desperate sales flyers. It must be the holiday season, which means it is high time to get a Christmas tree (unless you’re one of those happy souls who already decorated weeks ago , in which case, good for you). And whether you believe that it’s Santa is coming down the chimney, or that the Soviet-era Grandfather Frost and his trusty chaperon the Snow Maiden will be visiting your non-denominational “New Year’s tree,” or that the Bishop of Turkey will be swinging by for a little eggnog, you are going to want that tree you so carefully picked out smelling and looking good all month. Here’s how to keep those needles hydrated through Krampus Night , the winter solstice, and into Christmas Day and beyond. Make sure your Christmas tree can take a drink Much as you need to trim the stems of flowers before putting them in water, unless you are getting your tree fresh off the farm, you need to make sure the trunk is not gummed over with sap on the bottom. This is not something you can likely do yourself at home unless you happen to have a saw and a lot of space handy—so when you buy your tree, ask the seller to cut off a thin disk at the very end, about half an inch or so, to ensure a fresh cut at the bottom that […]