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Do you have a live tree? Does your family go to a Christmas Tree farm and cut one down? Do you go to the nearest corner lot and pick a tree from the selection they have? Do you shop your local box store for your tree? Do you patronize your local garden center?
I ask because there are many options out there for those that still choose to have a live Christmas tree. Personally if I had a real tree, we’d either cut it down ourselves (we did this for years) or visit the garden center. I’ve never been a fan of the pop up tents that literally materialize over night, set up lights and sell trees for much less than the local store that is there for you all year. Just my opinion. I’m blogging, you get to hear it.
Now…if you choose to have an artificial tree, how often do you replace that tree? I have a sister that must get a new one every couple of years, myself…mine is several years old. I chose the artificial so that I don’t have to water it, I can leave it up for 8 weeks if I want to, it looks real and I’m not picking needles out of my carpet until July and mostly because Christmas trees just don’t smell any more! I have no idea why…it’s too bad though. Instead, I’ll use a pine scented candle or potpourri.
Let me know what your family does for a Christmas tree. I can suggest that if you go with the live trees, be sure to set them out in the yard after Christmas for the birds! They love them and it’s good winter protection for them!
Have a blessed Christmas to you all!
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- O Christmas Tree (fantasyfic.wordpress.com)
- The Christmas tree dilemma (mavegyver.wordpress.com)
Posted in Christmas, decorate, garden center, holidays, joy, Tradition, Trees
Tagged Agriculture and Forestry, Business and Economy, Christmas, Christmas tree, Holidays, Horticulture, Real tree, Tree
I love this time of year! Christmas lights are popping up in all the dark neighborhoods, people are going around in a “I’ve gotta shop” coma, songs of the holiday are everywhere (literally!) and you can’t help but be sucked in! This year seems the “sucking” is so much stronger! Holiday promotions started so early and the push to get it all done was just stacking up! I mean the red kettles are everywhere and I’m going broke! So…..I succumbed to the coma, shopped till I couldn’t get any more in the car and my credit cards were pretty much on fire (you’re welcome for my share of economic stimulation!) My house is decorated, my presents are hidden and then….I flip the calendar and it’s only November 30! What the hell? How did that happen? It’s not even December and I’m ready for the holiday to get here already!
So now…I can sit back and enjoy all the craziness without actually losing my mind in the process. I thank technology every day for my DVR so I don’t have to watch all those commercials that make me believe if I buy this or that that my life will be the “happily ever after” they are promoting! My answer to the darkness this year is to be at the gym after work so that I’m not in my pajamas watching TV two hours before primetime! Mental health is a fine line people! Keep the whole thing in perspective! Holidays are for friends and families (yes, families!) and showing others kindness!
Posted in Christmas, decorate, family, winter
Tagged celebrate, Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, Christmas lights, crazy, December, Decorations and Props, family, holiday, kindness, Light, presents, Santa Claus, Shopping