Tree Trimming Time!
Are you a Real Tree Person?
A Fake Tree Person?
I am a real tree person, rather, our family has been since, well, my husband and I started our family many moons ago. Even as a kid, we always, always had a real tree. I love the smell of a real tree as soon as you bring it in the house. They need to bottle that smell as I would buy a ton of it. I know what your thinking, they already sell those cardboard tree scent thingies to hang in your car – but trust me, those are not even close to the smell of the real thing.
But back to trees though…
If you are a Fake Tree Person, chances are you have had your tree up since El Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead….which is November 1st for you English folks that don’t know about the Mexican tradition…sheesh, there I go again, side-car careening off track. Diehard Christmas-a-holics (of which I clearly do not understand) love their trees and décor so much they revel in it for as long as possible, making the neighbours green with envy….or sick to death of the displays before December even arrives.
Mind you, fake trees have come along way since the first ones were made way back in the 50’s and 60’s….like these….
Honestly…who really thought these things LOOKED like a real tree?!
But today, I am actually amazed how much the new artificial trees look like a real tree…
Still not going to buy one though…not yet anyway. Maybe when they make a fake tree smell like a real tree…maybe….but I am not committing anytime soon though.
Real Tree People wait (or at least I do) until at least 1 week before but not longer than 2 weeks prior to Christmas to get their trees. Otherwise, you could end up with more needles on the floor than on the tree come Christmas morning. Yes, that is the only downside to real trees, but so well worth it IMO.
There are 2 types of Real Tree People – Type 1 are those that venture into the woods, spending hours carefully stalking their prey, before pouncing and lopping it off at ground level and dragging it home like a prized 8-point buck.
Type 2 Real Tree People are the ones that drive to the local gardening store or big box hardware store and purchase one that was cut down in August and shipped from the East Coast. All told, they spend 15 minutes selecting a tree, run their debit card through the machine to the tune of 30 bucks or so, then strap the tree to the roof or stuff it in the trunk and away they go.
We used to be Type 1 people when the kids were little. It was fun to drag them through the snow (or a muddy field…if we had no snow yet) and listen to them whining about cold and tired feet. With the kids grown and gone, we are now Type 2 people. It is tough to try and get a good pre-cut tree though. So how do you get a ‘good’ tree when they all say the same thing: ‘Fresh Cut Trees For Sale!’ – What exactly defines a ‘Fresh Cut’ tree????
You do the Bang and Pull test before you plunk your hard earned cash over.
Have your hubby hold the tree up and bang it on the ground hard, if it loses half its needles, it has been sitting around since August. Then comes the pull test, which is simple, just grab a branch tip of needles and tug, do all the needles come off in your hand? Put the tree back and try another. With any luck, you’ll end up with a decent tree that will last until at least Boxing Day.
Once you bring your real tree home, you need to make a fresh cut on the trunk and then place it in a L-A-R-G-E tree holder that will hold LOTS of water…NOT like one of these…
This type holds less water than a thimble and your tree will suck the water up in 2 minutes flat. Christmas trees are fir trees, not cacti. The goal is to keep your tree alive during the Holiday Season, not transform it into a Saguaro.
Here is a decent sized one that will hold at least a gallon (or more preferable) of water…
Once your tree is secure in its new home, fill it with water and keep it filled every day. You will be surprised how much water a tree will drink everyday. I do stop watering mine a day or two before I take it down though, less chance of spilling water everywhere when hubby drags it back out the front door.
All you have to do now is plop your favourite Christmas music DVD into the stereo, grab a mug of hot chocolate (with Bailey’s!) and spend the afternoon decorating your tree.
(not QUITE ready to wish you Merry Christmas yet….soon though!)