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There are nearly as many options for a family Christmas tree as there are opinions about it.

It is the centerpiece of Christmas décor, all bright and shiny, full of memories -- and a sense of pride.

How long you'll have your tree may dictate what you get.

For example, “Balsam has a great fragrance, but it has a very thin needle and it dehydrates very quickly,” says Tony Fulmer, chief horticulture officer at the Chalet Nursery in Wilmette.

Water and room placement are key for any type of tree. Avoid placing trees near heating vents and fireplaces.

Those who want to evade what they see as the hassle of picking a tree can look to invest in a permanent one, which can also be changed up a bit year to year.

The bottom line: There’s no wrong choice; even the Charlie Brown tree is popular today.

The important thing is to know how to make your choice shine.

WGN’s Amy Rutledge reports.

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