one of the advantages of cutting your own tree is it takes you to beautiful off -the -beaten- track places like this one.
I was recently told about a Christmas tree farm just a few miles from my home. I never knew it existed and decided to take a little trip to see it today. I loved it! Being away this year for Christmas, I probably won't put up a tree but I sure was tempted to just cut a small one. But I did buy one of their beautiful wreaths for my front door. Going to a city lot or your local big box store is easy, but going to a place like this with the entire family ....you come away with many fond memories. When I was a little girl, we used to take a trip to the country and tramp the woods looking for the perfect cedar tree. No one bought a tree.
I noticed people brought all kinds of vehicles to get their tree home......trucks with big trailers, trucks with little homemade trailers, SUV's, and cars with the trees on the roof. Nothing makes me smile broader during the season than to see a car traveling down the road with a Christmas tree tied to the top.
Some chose to cut their own trees and drag it to the car and some had the farm tractor pick it up for them. :)
I hope you have a tree farm near your home. Enjoy the walk through the trees looking for the perfect conical shape or the one that suits your lifestyle, have some hot cider and sugar cookies. Such a wonderful family outing.
A few tips for Cutting Your Own Tree
1. remember....trees always look shorter in nature than in your living room
2. the longer the needles on the tree, the longer the retention of the needles.... for example white pines hold their needles longer than a spruce
3. shaking....if you can't get the tree farm to do it, shake your tree vigorously to get rid of dead needles and tiny critters. Do it over the azaleas. They love pine.
4. always tie the tree to the top of the car with the cut end facing forward.
5. put up the tree in its desired spot (preferably away from heat and drafts and let it unfurl for a few days before decorating.
6. remember to put a bird nest in the tree for good luck :) and please recycle your tree after the season
But just in case, you are like me, and may not put up a fresh tree this year, you can always go to my retail booth and buy a sweet little hand made faux tree. The base is made from a box and vintage Santa wrapping paper. Simple, charming and perfect for a table top tree.
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