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5 steps to reusing your Christmas tree

Dec. 31, 2009, 7:10 a.m.
Bare tree with a box of ornaments and lights

Photo: Meredith Darlington/MNN

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Clean off the tree

Check that you have removed every string of lights, every piece of tinsel, every ornament and every hook from your tree. Pack these items in a container so you can reuse them next year. (Don't forget to label the box so it's easy to find in 11 months!) Also, be sure you remove the tree from the tree stand.