and because we love the scent and feel of a real Christmas tree, we are going to go and cut one down tomorrow, put it up and decorate it too! This year is special because we get to take my new little granddaughter along. I only wish it would snow tonight to make it perfect.
We have all been given advice on the many ways to take care of Christmas trees, so if you are like me you will probably be surprised how many of those rules aren’t necessary, so here’s a quick list of things to do when you’re picking out and bringing your tree home.
Before buying the tree, give it a shake or grab a branch of needles and slide your hand towards yourself. Brown needles are ok to drop, but if green needles are dropping, then the tree isn’t very fresh.
If it has been more than 6 hours since cutting it down, or if you bought a pre-cut tree, you will need to cut one inch off the bottom of the trunk because it heals over and won’t take water.
Make the cut straight across the trunk. Don’t cut the tree at an angle or a V shape, or whittle away the edges to fit into your stand because the outside edges draw up the water most efficiently.
If you are planning on waiting before putting it in it’s stand, put it in a bucket of water and keep it somewhere cool until you are ready to bring it in the house.
Place the tree in a stand with adequate water capacity. Be careful because some stands allow there to be water in the stand without the tree being submerged and the bottom of the trunk needs to always be in water to prevent healing over.
Only give the tree plain water. There is no need for aspirin or any of the other concoctions we have been told about. Plain water works best. Water temperature doesn’t matter either.
Don’t put it near any kind of heat source when picking your location.
Use miniature lights that produce less heat, this helps prevent your tree from drying out.
Your tree should last 4 to 5 weeks if you keep it watered and don’t let the water level go below the trunk.
Remember ~ real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. They are farmed like a crop so no need for guilt when deciding on a real tree.
For more info about real Christmas trees, visit The national Christmas Tree Associaiton at http://www.christmastree.org/
You can locate a tree recycling program by logging onto www.realchristmastrees.org
To learn many myths about real Christmas trees visit http://www.christmastree.org/myths.cfm
~It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees. ~Wilson Flagg
our wonderful dog who is an English Setter. He is showing his holiday spirit in front of our RED front door with it’s RED wreath.
~”Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~Roger Caras
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As you can see, most of my stuff is very whimsical and fun. I am not the serious type when it comes to my decorations. I like life light hearted so I keep things around that make me smile.
My kids (grown up) think they are “terrifying”.
“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”~WT Ellis
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and holiday season.
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Amaryllis are the easiest of flowering bulbs to bloom. It’s botanical name is Hippastrume and it is now a popular Christmas time flower that originated in South American tropical regions. They are not winter hardy bulbs but they are fun to force in the wintertime to have holiday blooms. They always seem like a Christmas flower to me. It’s the red ones that I love.
At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year
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My husband and I try to find a quaint place every Christmas to spend a day, have lunch, shop and just enjoy the season. This time we chose Skaneateles.
The lake is beautiful as are the homes and the scenery.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ~Anatole France
I found this santa at a garage sale several years ago. It stands about 4 feet tall and is made out of wood. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it. And it was only 4 dollars. What a buy! It always feels like Christmas when we bring Santa out. I just love him.
This wreath is made with vintage ornaments that I have collected over the years. It’s a miracle I haven’t broken it yet and it even survived moving to our new house…I probably just jinxed myself.
I hope all of you have a merry Christmas!
Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live. ~Dennis Miller