Selection and Care of your Tree
What Variety of Tree to Choose??
Needle Retention:  It is our opinion that Concolor, Scotch Pine and most firs hold their needles the best.    With all varieties, you should expect some needle loss, but you can help by providing proper care (see below).
Scent:  Concolors have a nice citrus scent, while Fraser Firs have a distinct pine scent.
Do you have a lot of heavy ornaments?  Spruce trees are best for holding the heavy ornaments. 
Do you have small children who want to help decorate? Blue Spruce hold heavy ornaments, but have extremely sharp needles.
Do you have pets that like to play with your tree?  Blue Spruce needles are extremely sharp and will keep animals away.
How to Care for your Tree:
If you purchase a pre-cut tree, be sure to ask for a Fresh Cut or do it yourself when you get home.  If you do not, the trunk of the tree will be unable to draw in water and it will die much quicker. 
Water, water, water
Whether you cut your own tree, or buy a pre-cut, the most important thing is to water your tree.  If you are unable to set up your tree immediately, just set it in a bucket of water.  Once you set up your tree indoors, be sure to water it often.  The first couple days, it will need a lot of water, but will eventually taper off. 
Your tree will last longer if you keep the temperature in your house moderate - between 65-70 degrees is best.  It is also best to avoid setting up your tree near a fireplace, heat register, or vent as this will dry out the tree quicker.  If you can not avoid this, help minimize the damage by watering often.