Gonzales is a paramedic and knows how dangerous a dried out Christmas tree can be.
One of the easiest ways to test a tree is touching the needles to see how many of them break off. It is normal for a few, but if you are getting a whole bunch, then you know the tree is dry.
"You'll see needles fall but if there’s a whole bunch of them that fall off then you know that tree is not very fresh," said Candy Bee.
Bee has been selling Christmas trees for more than a decade and knows how to spot a bad one.
"You can run your hand over [the trunk] and you will come away with some sticky stuff. If all of that is not still sticky then it’s getting dry," Bee said.
And if the tree is not very heavy, it may be due to a lack of water and sap which is no good. Plus, do not be afraid to ask questions.
"If the person selling you the tree cannot tell you when the tree came on the lot or how long it’s been since it was cut you don’t want that tree because you don’t know how drive that tree is already," said Bee.
"I have heard all sorts of things like put this in the water, put that in the water," Gonzales said, talking about how he keeps his tree fresh.
Gonzales feeds his tree with a store bought solution, but Bee says the most important thing is changing over the water and placement. Never put it under a vent or near a sunny window where it will dry out faster.