Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

Putting up a Christmas tree can be a big production. Although many people are going with the artificial, lighted tree, I still love picking out a tree.

I’m fortunate because I don’t have to go to a corner tree lot for a tree that was cut a month ago, shipped in a truck and stood against a wire fence.

I go to the Christmas tree farm and prowl the acres of trees for the one right for my living room.

Wander acres of Christmas trees

It has to be this tall and that wide with lots of branches for all the ornaments we collected over the years. Although any seven foot tree will do, the fun is in wandering around for hours debating which one has the exactly perfect shape.

What should it be this year?

A Fraser Fir? These grow so tall and full they are called the Cadillac of trees. The branches have flat needles that are silver-blue on the underside. They can hold the heaviest of ornaments with grace.

How about a Blue Spruce? This old-fashioned Christmas tree has short hard needles that can be awkward to hang ornaments on. I think it’s a challenge to have the kids work on this one. They complain it bites. It can be bluish or green in color.

A Balsam? This tree tends to be the one at stands. It can be a good choice, but the bottom must be recut and kept watered.

White Spruce have short hard needles, with branches not good for heavy ornaments.

A Concolor Fir?  I consider this my favorite tree. The thick branches are filled with long blue- green needles and can be crowded with decorations. It has a wonderful citrusy scent that fills the house. It will last for months.

Any tree needs to be kept watered. If the place is on the cool side that helps keep it fresh.

And if you’re into recycling, place the tree in the center of your yard after the holidays for the birds. How about hanging suet and birds seed packets on the branches?

Add months to the pleasure of Christmas.

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