|Our Usual Tree|
You might think from this that we weren't keeping our tree in water, but we do, checking the water level every day. And our house is never overheated (she said wearing 2 sweaters to keep warm) so that wasn't the problem either.
Since moving here to Georgia we've been getting our tree from a local lot, buying what's called a Fraser Fir. They're beautiful trees, very straight, thick and lose very few of their needles. Mac puts them in the lagoon after Christmas to provide fish habitat.
But they have very little smell, and a couple of times we've had trouble with the tree holder leaking and causing a floorboard to warp. We've been lucky that it didn't warp badly and when dry it straightened out.
I don't want to buy a live tree, there's really no room in our yard for more trees. I spend the spring pulling out pine trees that have seeded themselves all over the place. And I don't want any more cedar, we put in 2 when we first moved here and they're huge now. Those are the 2 fir trees that grow best here.
I love a big tree and our ceiling is very high so often our tree is between 7 and 8 feet high. I'd get bigger but, our car is small and we have to carry the tree up stairs into the house. So that limits me.
This year we thought we'd look into artificial trees. It would save our car that always has to haul my mammoth one home, it would save our backs from having to haul it up the stairs and it would save our wood floors.
What it would not save is my piggy bank. The reasonably priced ones don't look real and they're tall and skinny. I like a really full tree. The ones I'd consider have been in the $200-$500 range. Ouch!!!! I know it will last forever, but that's a lot of Tootsie Rolls.
|A $279 Tree|