Tips for making your Christmas tree look fresher and last longer through December

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Keep that tree looking fresh and green all December long. Photo credit: Getty.

We're well and truly into the festive season now, but this year many eager beavers prematurely erected their Christmas trees in November. 

If you went down the real-tree route, it therefore may be tough to keep it looking bright green and sprightly all the way through the month of December. 

Luckily there are a few nifty tricks that can help your tree make it to December 25 and beyond - including fixing your tree a delicious cocktail and choosing your lights wisely. 

Here are our top tips: 

Shake it off 

UK childrens' book author Gwyneth Rees gave some of her go-to tips for prolonging Christmas tree health to the Daily Mail, including giving the tree a "thorough once over" before buying if you're a 'don't purchase until December' kind of person. 

"If the branches are turning brown or crisp at the edges, it won’t last long once you’ve got it home," she advised. 

"[Before buying] give the tree a gentle shake to see if it is beginning to drop its needles. Each branch should feel heavy with moisture - this will give you confidence that it has been freshly cut."

Fix it a drink 

Once you have it home, the professionals at a garden centre in Ireland told RSVPLive a popular lemon and lime-flavoured fizzy drink is their key to keeping it lush. 

Adding a little lemonade to the water helps feed the tree, with the perfect formula reportedly three parts water to one part lemonade. The method behind the madness appears to be just giving it some sugar. 

It's not the only helpful addition to the water - it turns out a shot of vodka will also do your tree the world of good, as alcohol helps kill off the bacteria in the water. 

And hey, while you're fixing your tree a vodka lemonade you could make one for yourself at the same time. 

Light it up

The last tip? Think about your decorations. While heaps of lights draped over the branches look pretty, the brightness and warmth may dry out the tree's natural moisture. Small white LED lights are better than traditional filament lights because they don't heat up - plus they help the tree photosynthesise and produce the energy needed to maintain needle health.  Trees absorb white light most easily, while coloured lights hamper this process.