Only four days till Christmas and our tree is dead. We did everything to it. I tried to put water in the stand everyday but it just wont drink any. Every time my daughter touches it, it just crumbles and needles go everywhere! I think we bought it dead. Now that I think of it, it was really pokey in the beginning. I think we should have cut the bottom too but we are in a hotel and don’t have any of our stuff including saws and such so we just put it in a stand. It still looks pretty but every time we put a gift under it pine needles fall like snow. Its going to be so hard to take off the lights and ornaments. I hope the cleaning ladies have a good vacuum, lol.