What to do when you get home with your tree
Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. The first water you put in the stand should be the hottest tap water you have, not boiling but hot. This will help dissolve any sap and dirt that might have accumulated while bringing your fresh cut home. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don't bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.
If you are not putting your tree up right away, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water, out of the sun and wind.
Leave the netting on your tree until you get it in your stand and set up, it makes it easier to handle then just cut it off!