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December 13th, 2003

Christmas Trees

For those of you that put up a Christmas tree, what is your ideal timespan to have it up and decorated?

Me, I like the idea of picking it out and tagging it the weekend following Thanksgiving, and then cutting it down the first weekend of December (unless the first weekend of December is the 1st or 2nd day of the month). I like to keep it up until the weekend following New Year’s, extending it one more week if the weekend is the 2nd or 3rd of the month.

This year, we had to put off cutting our tree down until this weekend (last weekend there was snow, which would have made it particularly difficult at this tree farm).

Another question: do you use an artificial tree, a pre-cut tree, do you cut the tree yourself, or do you actually dig up the rootball and then replant the tree afterwards? We’ve always cut the tree ourselves, but when I was young, my family would sometimes dig up the rootball and then replant. A couple of years, we were able to reuse a tree from the previous year just by digging it out of the backyard!

I would ask what type of tree you prefer, but I always get them all confused.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday December 13, 2003 -- 12:27:59 pm
We usually get our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and leave it up until new Years Day. We always get fresh cut - as in I cut it myself. I like spruce because the branches are nice and sturdy for hanging ornaments, plus they smell god for weeks after they are cut. However, there is a dearth of spruce farms in the Fburg area, so we've had to go with white pine. Looks nice, but no smell at all and the branches are a little thin - some our heavier ornamnets are taking the year off.

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday December 13, 2003 -- 7:18:47 pm
We're fake like my breasts. The wife has a little environmentalist hippie in her and cringes at the thought of wasting trees like that. I've somewhat come over to her side, though some may argue it's because I'm cheap and the thought of not having to drop cash on a fresh tree every year is what motivates me. Maybe once we have an actual yard, we can travel the rootball route.

We (she) decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, and it all is torn down after our annual 're-gifting' party the weekend after New Year's.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday December 14, 2003 -- 2:53:12 pm
Mike -- Actually, I've read a number of places about why Christmas trees are good for the environment. (Granted the previous link has information from the "National Christmas Tree Growers Association," so the info may be a bit biased, but it makes sense to me.)

DATE: Tuesday December 30, 2003 -- 1:28:48 am

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