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Preparing Your Home For Your Christmas Tree

If you’re heading out this weekend or next – or even on Christmas Eve, and are planning on getting a real Christmas tree, there are some little pointers you might not even be aware of. And yes, even if you’ve done this process for 30 years, you might not know about some of these things!

  1. Measure the space where you’ll put the tree. This is important whether or not you’re getting a live tree or a fake. Nothing is more annoying than bringing in a tree which won’t fit into it’s space.
  2. When getting a live tree, cut about ½ inch off of the base of the trunk before setting it into the stand. Many tree farms will do this for you. This will allow your tree to drink it’s water and stay fresh through the Christmas season.
  3. Ready to water your tree? Check your garage for PVC pipe. An easy way to accomplish this is to place a 3- to 5-foot 3/4-inch PVC pipe into the reservoir with a 45-degree elbow connector and a funnel attached to its top. Then all you have to do to water the tree is pour water into the funnel, so it travels through the pipe into the reservoir.
  4. Use hand sanitizer for that pine sap! I’ve been there too – and pine sap is just horrible to get off your hands. Hand sanitizer does the trick quickly and efficiently! Don’t have hand sanitizer? Believe it or not – toothpaste will also work!
  5. Pine needles – use a lint roller. Lint rollers will help to get pine needles off your furniture and even off your floor and carpet. Use the largest lint roller you can find – it’ll relieve that wear and tear on your vacuum from trying to vacuum them up.

Need more stress-free holiday tips? Then stay right here because I’ll be giving you more next week!

And, if you’re thinking of purchasing a home this fall or winter, I’d love to chat with you! We’ll find your dream home – together! Sellers – don’t forget to contact me in regards to selling your home too! My email is, and my direct phone is (864) 275-3953.

Carolina Youth Symphony Holiday Concert | Sunday, Dec. 4 | 3-4 p.m. | McAlister Auditorium, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville | Free | Listen to the sounds of the symphony, concert and repertory orchestras performing works by Anderson, Bizet, Mannheim Steamroller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more.  

The perfect gift always exists — meet the local makers gift guide. Browse unique, handmade gifts crafted right here in Greenville by sellers on Etsy. We’re talking high-quality leather wallets, a Christmas village mantelpiece, and watercolor travel kits. Get shopping. ?

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Leslie Anderson, Principal at League Academy (125 Twin Lake Rd.)who was awarded the 2023 SC Middle Level Principal of the Year by The SC Association of School Administrators. The award is given to someone who “is an outstanding, top-of-the-line principal who is innovative and has moved their school forward.” ? (The Post and Courier Greenville)

It’s the most wonderful — er, stressful? — time of year. According to health experts, high expectations for joy + happy memories (along with disrupted norms, financial worries, and more) can take quite the toll on our mental health. Here are 16 tips + tricks to get through the holidays, including three key stress-reducing takeaways.  

HOT 98.1 is hosting a toy drive to benefit the Julie Valentine Center Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. outside the food court at Haywood Mall (700 Haywood Rd.) Can’t make the drive? Donate through the Virtual Mall. ?

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