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Picking out a Christmas tree? Know your needles

Take a closer look at the Christmas tree needles before you cut it down.

There are six different tree varieties growing on 25 acres at the Christmas Ranch Tree Farm just outside of Excelsior Springs, Mo. Owner Carol Freeman says knowing how you like to decorate helps in choosing the right tree for the holiday season.

“It really depends on fragrance and how or if you hang ornaments on your trees,” she says. Folks who hang large ornaments need a sturdy branch with larger openings, such as a white pine.

For people who are just interested in stringing a few lights and hanging a few small ornaments, a Douglas fir might be a better option. However, when faced with walking acres at a U-cut Christmas tree farm, it may be hard to tell a pine from a fir. Freeman says just look at the needles.

She shares her tips on the best needles and trees for any holiday-trimming style in the photo gallery. Just click through and find one that’s best for your family this Christmas.

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