Post # 46
Growing up, one of my best friends’ family owned a christmas tree farm… I spent my winter weekends in high school helping cut and bale trees with her. As a result I’ll never not have have a real tree… between the experience of cutting your own and the smell, nothing beats it!
Our apartment living room is tiny so the 1st year we did a table top tree, but last year we went all in on a beautiful 7ft Fraser Fir. Cut your own prices around us (in Western NY) run between $25-$55 depending on what type of tree you pick. We try to go the 1st or 2nd week of December depending on what our work schedules and weather will allow.
I’d suggest a Fir (Douglas, Fraser or ConColor) as they tend to hold their needles longest, have firm boughs for heavy ornaments and aren’t prickly like Spruces.
Here’s last years beauty… I decorated with only ornaments handmade by my great grandmother!
Post # 47
I love Christmas, and I love this thread!
Like a lot of bees here, I grew up with real trees – and the process of picking it out is a tradition that I look forward to every year. The day after Thanksgiving, we always go to the same tree farm we always have. I’ve been out of the house for a few years, so my fiance and I pick one and my parents pick theirs. We just “tag” them at that point – the farm we go to lets you call dibs on one so you don’t have to cut it down so early.
Actually cutting it down and getting it into the house is less set in stone. Usually around the 8th-12th of December.
This is the one I had last year. The farm is running slow (which deeply saddens me!) so it was kind of slim pickings – that’s why it’s a bit lopsided. I think it’s about 10 ft tall and was $40. With regular watering, they last a full month (and probably longer – that’s just when I take it down).
This year we bought a new house with the plan to live there 3-5 years then rent it out, and a sacrifice I’m making during that time is space for a big Christmas tree. I’m hoping I can find something short and narrow this Black Friday so I can continue the tradition! But even if I have to find a new place to find my tree, I can’t imagine having anything but a real one.
Post # 48
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
We are also planning to have a real tree and also artificial tree. I love Christmas and decorating
Post # 49
I have a tiny fake tabletop tree I bought almost a decade ago and have used every year since. We didn’t have the money for a real tree last year (DH had lost his job right after Halloween), but will definitely be decorating our apartment and having a real one this year.
Post # 50
these pics aren’t the best but are all I can find. We have a real tree every year. I did growing up and Darling Husband and I do now too. We get it the second week of December usually. And usually they last just fine! Last year was the first year we had one that was really bad and dropping needles all over. But you do have to remember to water and sweep or vaccum daily.