Thanksgiving is over, so now the full CHRISTMAS FRENZY can begin.
My family has used the same synthetic Christmas tree for as long as I can remember. It’s a family tradition to dig out the box from the basement, and fan out the not-too-prickly branches. Each branch is labeled with a letter, and it’s a bit like putting together a 3D plant puzzle. Using the same tree for years ramps up the nostalgia quite a bit, at least for me, because it always felt like we were adding new memories to it every year. I lived with my boyfriend now, and this year we decided to go out and cut down a real Christmas tree. After a short google session, we located a small farm on the outskirts of our small Michigan town. After some HGTV worthy nit-picking we chose a 6-foot… uh… spruce? Lol I’m not sure what kind of tree she is, but she’s a beauty! I’ll be honest and say that Nick handled most of the sawing, but I got it started for him. Did you guys know that painted trees are a thing? There were these gorgeous pink, purple, and yellow trees on the lot and I really wanted to take one of them home – but we ended up going with the more traditional (less expensive) option. We bought a stand that has a little bowl on the bottom for water. I read that if you keep them in standing water it helps with the needle loss. The one article I read AFTER putting up the tree informed me that thousands of bugs and could be living in the branches or even in the wood…so I’ve been in a constant freak out about all of the spiders that could be waiting to jump out at me, but so far I haven’t seen any. Plus our 2 cats have been hanging out by it so they’re my first line of defense.
As soon as I can clean up the chaos around the tree I’ll share some decoration pictures!
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