Nothing makes the holiday feel more festive than a live Christmas tree (that you buy from a farm that grows trees for the season) in your home. But there are ways to keep your live tree last longer, look better, and smell fresh throughout the entire holiday season.

If you can get the people to cut 1/4 inch off the bottom of the tree before you get it home, do so. Otherwise, when you get home, use a saw to do a straight cut right of the bottom. This will work wonders to keep the tree fresh.

Make sure you don’t put the tree close to heating vents or cold drafts. The constant heat or cold temperatures can hasten the drying out of your tree.

Then of course, make sure your tree is getting water. You can do this with an automatic Christmas tree watering system, or you can do it the old-fashioned way, and just keep making sure that the tree is sitting in a couple inches of water in it’s stand.