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A good Christmas tree stand is a sturdy Christmas tree stand. Pick a stand that is strong enough to support your tree without tipping over. In addition, select a stand that can hold a lot of water so the tree won't dry out. The reservoir should be able to hold at least a half-gallon of water but more is better.
Here's a hint: create your own stand using a metal bucket, some sand, and some water. Fill a two and a half gallon metal bucket with sand and water, enough to keep the tree upright and sturdy. The sand will hold the water but add another cup of water each day to keep the tree hydrated.