(CBS) – For a lot of folks, it’s the holiday routine: The day after Thanksgiving, you clear out the pumpkins and make room for a tree.

CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez has tips on finding the perfect one.

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Most Christmas-tree shoppers seem to know just what they want.

But how do you make sure your tree makes it through the holiday?

Jordy Grant, resident tree expert at Christy Webber Landscapes, says it starts with the needle test. If you pull at the tree and no needles fall off, you know it’s a fresh tree.

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When do you buy?

“You can go anywhere from two months in advance,” Grant says.

And with this year’s late Thanksgiving, buyers shouldn’t have any trouble making their tree last through the new year – if they keep it properly watered.

“You’re going to want to water it every day. Some of the trees can drink up to a gallon of water a day,” Grant says.

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Don’t forget safety. You don’t want to place a tree near a fireplace, near electrical cords, if you have open electrical cords.