For many, a fresh fragrant Christmas tree enhances the holiday season. Conversely, a dry brittle tree can lead to disaster. The secret to a fresh tree is simple. Treat your Christmas tree as carefully as you would a bouquet of fine flowers. Once you get the tree home, make a fresh cut on the butt to open up the pores. Immediately put the tree in water. If you don't make a fresh cut, the tree won't be able to absorb the water. Next, place the tree in a sturdy stand which will hold at least one gallon of plain water. Water the tree daily. An average tree consumes between a quart and a gallon of water each day. Keep the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves and sunny windows. And that's the On The House tip for today.