Do you know your firs from your spruces from your pines? What's the ideal height-to-width ratio for a Christmas tree? Len Penzo at the Business Insider will tell you. Don't wait until you're at the lot to think about what you want in a tree. If your eyes are often bigger than your living room, then you know that a little planning (and a lot of measuring) will go far in finding the best tree for your space. Do you prefer a fuller tree or one with more space between the branches to accommodate larger ornaments? How important is needle retention (especially if you're the one stuck manning the vacuum)? What about needle softness for homes with kids or pets? This handy chart covers it all, right down to my favorite Christmas tree quality: fragrance.
The article also discusses how to determine your ideal tree size (hint: you should know both the height and width of your space), and includes tips for finding the freshest tree on the lot.
It's probably more thought than you've ever put into picking a tree, but you'll wind up with your best tree ever.