I’d like to think I was never getting a Christmas tree this year, but I did finally manage to purchase one from Tractor Supply last weekend which is very late for me. I normally get the tree Thanksgiving weekend, but our local tree farm wasn’t selling this year so I had to go to plan B and by the way I didn’t have a plan B. Living in a small community things just never seem to change and I had no idea our local Christmas tree farm wouldn’t be opening.
I put it off as long as I could, I needed to get buying or just forget the tree all together. I happened to notice Tractor Supply had there precut, pre-bagged trees on clearance so I took a chance and picked one. This is not my style at all, I’m not one to purchase anything without giving it a good once over, but when the tree is all squished up in a bag ya never know what you’re gonna get.
Hubby wasn’t with me so no truck I had to load it into the back of my jeep, which also meant the interior would need to be vacuumed afterwards. Can you see where this is getting to be a pain already? I put on my big girl pants and did what had to be done. Into the Jeep it went and away I went. Once I got home I left the tree on the front porch until I located the tree stand. Luckily I’m organized and knew right where it was.
Since no one was home to help me I decided to leave the tree in the bag, put the stand on the tree, and then carry it into the house. Once inside I cut the mesh bag off the tree and started straightening branches. Well the tree wasn’t too bad, no big holes, or awkward shapes. I guess for $20 I’ll keep it. Amazingly the tree also didn’t have a strange tilt in the stand.
I let the branches warm up and fall into place overnight and started decorating the next day. I used my retro lights, that will go in the trash once I take them off the tree this year the bulbs are constantly burning out, and added rust, blush, green, silver and gold ornaments to match the rest of the decor already in place.
With grown kids a tree doesn’t matter much anymore but I do like to sit and enjoy it at night with all its sparkle. It’s certainly not a perfectly decorated department store tree but it works for me.