The sad, pathetic and wilting tree calls my name because otherwise it won't have a home for Christmas.
Then I have to stop. Pause. Think. Be rational. The tree is not a pet. It does not have feelings. I'm not doing myself any favors by hauling home the worst one on the lot.
Besides, live Christmas trees start at $50. The nicer ones are over $100 now. In many cases you pay by the foot so I might as well get the best tree for my dollars.
But what do you look for when selecting the perfect Christmas tree?
These are my top tips so that your live Christmas tree doesn't sap your holiday cheer or curdle your eggnog.