When Christmas passes and it's time to slip the holiday into the pages of your memory book, you'll need to remove the tree from its stand. Prepare for the process and you'll have the job done in a snap.
Step 1: Think ahead Think ahead when you bring a Christmas tree home, and have a plastic tree bag on hand.
Step 2: Place bag Place the bag beneath the tree stand when you set the tree in place.
Step 3: Siphon water Siphon the water from the stand with a turkey baster before you remove the tree, transferring the water to a bucket.
TIP: Avoid spilling stand water, which contains sap and can stain flooring.
Step 4: Enlist a helper Enlist a helper to hold the trunk of the tree steady as you pull the bag up and around the stand and tree.
TIP: Use an old sheet or blanket to wrap the tree in place of a tree bag.
Step 5: Take the tree outdoors Take the tree outdoors, lay it on its side, and expose the stand.
Step 6: Reverse procedures Reverse the procedure you used to set up the tree, unscrewing, unbolting, or unclasping the stand -- whichever system your stand model employs.
Step 7: Separate the tree Separate the tree from the stand and it'll be ready for recycling, and you'll be ready to sprout fresh beginnings in the New Year.
FACT: In the 1830's, Louisiana became the first state to declare Christmas a holiday.