Sunday, December 14, 2008

How to Choose a Christmas Tree


1. Find a good place to get it. We go to our town's Volunteer Fire Department and buy a tree (and a wreath and poinsettias) from their sale, which benefits them directly. Plus, the guys who work there are pretty cute. Not that I'm paying any attention to that fact or anything!


2. When you find a tree that you like, size it up and envision the probability of it fitting well (or not) in your house.


3. Shake the tree to see if a lot of pine needles fall off. If they do, don't get it! (We didn't do this little test last year. It proved to be a big mistake. Our tree died about a week after we got it!) If not a lot of needles fall off, the tree is probably healthy and strong. The tree below passed the test and is the one we ended up choosing.


4. Let your kid "help out" (i.e., crawl in between the trees to hide, run around, and generally have a blast!).




5. Once the tree arrives at your house and is still laying horizontally on the ground, all netted up, let the above-mentioned child get a head start on the decorating.


Next in this continuing miniseries: How to Decorate a Christmas Tree. Stay tuned!

13 comments:

rachel said...

I think I can smell the fresh trees in your post :) By the way, I love the new pics over in your sidebar! Did you just get some family pics? They turned out really cute!

Kristina P. said...

That looks like fun!

Peter said...

John putting that ornament on the tree while it was still wrapped up was so cute. It surprised me because I didn't think he remembered what we did with trees from last year.

dougandcheryl said...

That is so cool. I really would love to go out and get a real tree again someday. I bet it smells good in your house.

Wendyburd1 said...

a REAL christmas tree!!! u r soooo lucky!!

Me said...

Oh the joys of a real tree! I love the the fact that your little guy got a head start on decorating it! Too cute! I miss having a real tree, but I just remind myself how much work they can be stuff my pre-lit tree back into its back each year and put it under the porch.

Me said...

That was a great jumbled up comment I left you there..sorry for my retardednes...

It should have said.....I just remind myself how much work they (real trees) can be, as I stuff my pre-lit tree back into its box each year and put it under the porch.

Phew..sorry thats better!

Donna said...

Thanks Rachel. We got our family pictures done a few weeks ago. I'm going to write about it in the next few weeks and post some more pictures.

Yes, Cheryl, our house smells like fresh pine and I love it!

Danielle, I enjoyed trying to decipher the last part of your comment! :)

Yaya said...

Aw! He must of had a blast!

Kerri said...

I've never had a real tree. Can't wait to see how it looks all decorated!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Funny how everyone out west has fake trees! I know there are New Englanders who have fakies too, but not nearly the percentage out west. We got our first, real Christmas tree after we moved to New England!

Enjoyed your tips. It's so true about shaking the tree. Must be done!

Johnny's funny! Adam's doing the opposite. He's been stealing the candy canes from the tree that we use as ornaments and eating them in his room.

Kristina P. said...

Donna, I hope you're taking lots of soup over to Alyson! :)

Donna said...

Oh Kristina, now I feel guilty. Do sympathetic e-mails and Facebook comments count?