Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree, our Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.
We put you up 10 days ago;
The LED lights provide a cool glow.
My Christmas tree, my Christmas tree,
Why did you have to die on me?
Your needles drop and branches crack,
The thought of fire, gives me a heart attack!
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
Take off the ornaments and out with thee!

We really did take our tree down today. It was so very pretty, but had dried out so badly that we really were concerned. We have never had a tree dry out so completely, so quickly. This will be our first Christmas that we will celebrate in our home since we moved to Colorado. We must have a tree, and decided we didn't want to bring out the artificial tree. So, Mr. Dreamy and I went out to buy another tree. We dropped by the big box store where we bought our first tree, a Grand fir. I only took the one picture of the tree, and it really doesn't show how beautiful it was, and since this isn't a 'smell-a-blog' you can't even begin to imagine how lovely it smelled. As we walked in the garden area an employee commented that every tree was $5.00. With just a hint of sarcasm, I asked if that was because the trees would only stay green for 10 days. He looked at me a bit strangely, so I proceeded to tell him about the fate of our previous purchase. He apologized and agreed that the trees were not in the best of shape, even when they first arrived at the store. One of the customers commented that he had been looking at trees at other tree lots, and most seemed to be in rough shape. He heard that because the weather hadn't turned cold, trees had not gone into their 'winter mode' before being cut and for that reason they were not lasting as long. There were a lot of Grand fir trees, but they were also quite dry. We found a few nicely shaped small Fraser Firs and decided that having already purchased one tree, a smaller $5.00 tree would be just fine. As another employee cut the trunk and wrapped the tree, he heard about the fate of our other tree. He gave us the tree for free.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
I hope you last, I don't want three!

No room at the inn... er, on the tree.
I will have to pack up some extra ornaments tomorrow.

Have you experienced a tree disaster?


  1. Do tell where you got your beautiful $5 tree! David and I plan on getting a tree this week because last year ours dried out so quickly.

  2. Sorry about Number 1....but you did give me a lovely chuckle this morning!

    Merry, Merry!

    The Goat Borrower

  3. I have heard of people getting out of the Christmas tree business because our winter was so mild, it killed many of the firs. There was one type specifically, but I can't remember which one it is. Our tree hasn't dried out yet, but we did have one disaster. It fell over...ornaments and all! Only two broke. And this weekend I had my four nieces. We are living in one room in our basement. It was a bit crowded and I can't count how many times ornaments were knocked off of it. I have noticed our tree has no scent. None. And we'd notice it in one room! I told my husband I bet they have hybridized all the scent out of them.
    HOpe you don't have to get number three!

    Cindy Bee

  4. Wow...a $5 tree?! That's really too bad about your first one...but I enjoyed your humor! :)

  5. Our tree is holding up, but it is sucking water at an alarming rate. I hope this tree hold up for you!

  6. First of all both trees are beautiful and I'm sorry you had to go through that - geeze. But I have also experienced tree disasters so my heart goes out to you - I've had some that were almost bare of needles by Christmas. Another reason I'm not minding the fake one this year :) But the second tree is lovely, so maybe it was meant to be!

  7. There are no $5 trees in this neck of the woods, they start at $40 or $50! BOTH of yours are (were) beauties.

  8. My husband cut my really tall tree in half one was so sad...of course I had to use the shorter one.
    I like artificial..but I should grow a few here to use in the future:)

  9. Your post made me laugh! Your first tree was gorgeous, and your second tree is very cute. I actually found myself singing (in my head) your "Our Christmas Tree!" I was shocked at how fast live trees dried out when I first came to Colorado. Then I became very good friends with an Aurora fireman (husband of a teammate who is the most special of friends). He got me over the live tree passion! He scared the heck out of me! I hope you don't have to find a third!


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