Selecting the "perfect" Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, according to a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

"Picking out the perfect tree can be a fun, memory-filled family tradition," said Ron Wolford.

Wolford offers the following tips to help select a fresh tree for the home and keep it looking its best.

Pick a spot in your home to place the tree before heading out to buy it. "Ask yourself whether the tree will be seen from all sides or whether some of it will be against a wall," Wolford said.