We associate a lot of things with the holiday season—snow, Christmas lights, pine trees, mistletoe, and Santa Claus. One of the most beloved symbols associated with Christmas is reindeer, and if you love reindeer or animals in general, then you’re in luck! This December, Milford is welcoming reindeer to the Milford Community Building for a Live Reindeer Visit on the 15th. Bring the whole family to meet the graceful creatures known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.
The visit will be totally open to the public and free, but make sure you mark your calendars—the event only lasts an hour, from 6:30 to 7:30 onThursday, December 15th. The reindeer will be accompanied by an attendant dressed as one of Santa’s elves, and there may be other animals there native to the North Pole so your little ones can meet and interact with all kinds of fun and interesting creatures.
If you want to keep a memory of the Live Reindeer Visit, you and your family can even get a photo with the reindeer after the event is over. Make sure to visit Milford for this rare opportunity to see a real life reindeer and friends at the local public library for education and fun.
If you’re like millions of other families across the country who prefer a real Christmas tree, the biggest challenge is how to keep your Christmas tree fresh. Here are a few tips to help keep your tree looking and smelling great all month long.
Choice. The most important factor in keeping your tree fresh is choosing the right tree. The ideal tree is one that you can cut down yourself, which means you’ll bring it home in peak freshness. If you don’t cut your own, inspect the trees and look for dry or brittle branches and needles. Ask the vendor how long ago the trees were cut.
Once you get your tree, start taking care of it right away. If your tree was pre-cut, you will need to cut an additional inch or two off the bottom to give it a fresh cut—this makes it better able to absorb water.
As soon as you can, get your tree in some water. If you aren’t going to trim the tree right away, at least place it in a bucket of water outside. Check the tree stand daily to make sure the base of the trunk is immersed in the water. Tree experts say you don’t need to add anything to the water.
Setup. Choose a location in your home that is away from direct sunlight, heater vents, and fans, as these will make your tree dry out faster. For an extra dose of freshness, you can use a room humidifier.
Decorating. Make sure your lights are in good working order and have no exposed wires. LED lights use very little energy and stay cooler.
What methods do you use to keep your Christmas tree fresh all season long?