Here are some tips from the Maryland Department of Agriculture for keeping your tree in good shape through the holiday season:
* Keep it wrapped and bundled as you take it home from the tree farm.
* Since the warm air inside your house can dry out the needles, store tree outside in a bucket of water and sand until you're ready to decorate it.
* Place the tree in a cool room, away from heat vents and radiators.
* Always cut off an inch from the bottom of the tree so it can draw water -- sap may have covered the bark when you cut down the tree.