Thursday, December 2, 2010

My First Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Jake and I brought our tree home after work Monday night!  When I was growing up, some assembly was required during my family's tree decorating festivities so I'm psyched to have a 'real' tree this year.  Pine needles mess and all!  Jake and I had a fake prelit tree our first Christmas in this house five years ago and this is our first tree since then.

I had three must-have qualities in mind during our tree hunt:
1) Pretty
2) Taller than Jacob
3) Wider than Brewster

The tree looked so small once it was wrapped in netting.  I worried it wouldn't be big enough when we got it home.  Ha!

Jake the Tree Slayer

Fraser Fir 7-8ft tall

Here's what I've learned so far:
- Select a tree stand that's sized appropriately.
- Don't forget you'll be crawling around underneath the tree regularly for watering.  Even more often if your pets discover this handy watering hole.
- If you're buying your tree lights in the small boxes of 100 count bulbs, buy 1-2 boxes of lights more than you think you need (around $2/box at walmart) and make sure they all have green wire before you leave the store.  Trust me.  :)
- Measure your ceiling height before you start your tree hunting adventure.  The tree will look much bigger in your house than it does outside!
- Move any furniture necessary before you have a big ol' tree laying in the middle of your living room.
- Skip the crowds and get your tree on a weekday.
- Update 12/3 - Find out how your city collects and disposes Christmas trees before you buy one.  Ours recycles them into mulch for city parks and gardens.
- UPDATE 12/3 - Put plastic sheeting under the tree to protect your floor.  Thanks for the tip, Sky Princess!

A couple more for the pet owners:
- Give pets some time to acclimate to the outdoors coming in before you load the tree up with your priceless ornaments.  Don't risk losing all your ornaments if your tree takes a tumble.
- Save yourself some stress and mess by using shatterproof ornaments in the tail wagging range.

Do you have your tree up and decorated yet?  Do you have a fresh cut or artificial tree?


Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I am blog hopping today and decided to stop by your blog.

We already have our Christmas decorations up too...I LOVE Christmas!!

Hope you will stop by and follow either or both of my blogs.

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Have a blessed day! :0)

Haleine said... [Reply to comment]

Your tree looks very pretty. We tried to bring a tree here but Marie thought we were planting it and came at it with a chain saw before we could get it inside...

Just kidding of course.

Happy holidays...

Kris said... [Reply to comment]

We already have our tree up and decorated, although minimal decorations this year. We normally do this the day after Thanksgiving. Why minimal decorations? My sister and her husband both work on Christmas so the plan was for her to drop off her kid (he's 2) at our house so we could take him to the family gathering and then the in-laws would pick him up for their celebration. I didn't want too much out that he could break or mess with. Now we are hosting I might do a bit more decorating and just make sure things are up higher so all the kiddo's can't mess with it.

Casey said... [Reply to comment]

Hi, I am following you from Friendly Friday! I hope you have a happy Friday and wonderful weekend!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Hi. I am visiting you from the hops.
That is a big tree! And a big dog!
Our is fake. If we got a real one I would have to live in a bubble on a steady diet of Benedryl all season!

Life with the Lebedas said... [Reply to comment]

Awh, pretty tree!! Love it! We had a few real ones growing up then it was hard to clean so we didn't get anymore. I'd love to be able to do that for the kids. They are so much prettier. Thank for linking up girl! :D Hope you have a great holiday! said... [Reply to comment]

Hi blog hopper here. You look like you are having fun. My son is spending his first Christmas in his new home and texted me last night to say he's got his's black to match his sofa. What can you say? I'm your latest follower. Super name for a blog too.
Carol from

Sky Princess said... [Reply to comment]

Also put plastic sheeting under the tree to protect you floor.

Beautiful room and blog. Following you from a blog hop. Would love a follow back!

Sky Princess said... [Reply to comment]

Never mind the above. I am already a follower. Losing my mind! Too cold to think!

Trudy said... [Reply to comment]

I love real trees too! Yours is gorgeous and love your house too. :-)


New to the blog hop!

Nikki said... [Reply to comment]

This was going to be my first real tree.. but I chickened out!! I'll say .. next year!

Laurie said... [Reply to comment]

Just found your blog through Friend Finding Friday. Love it! Now a follower

Alison said... [Reply to comment]

Pretty! Looks just like the tree we just cut down...and put in our 1800s house...and my name is Alison (with one L) I'm thinking I'll follow to see what else we might have in common!


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Bethany {3SonsPlus1} said... [Reply to comment]

Hi there from a new follower! Would love it if you stopped by my blog and followed along too! Have a great weekend!

LoveLivesHere said... [Reply to comment]

New follower! :)

Sofia's Ideas said... [Reply to comment]

We just passed some trees for sale today and the scent was so enticing! Love that, there's nothing like it! We do fresh, cuz its the ECO thing to do, and it just sorta feels better, doesnt it?

I'm now following you through the Boost My Blog Friday Blog Hop! I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @

Sofia's Ideas

Blog Traffic Man said... [Reply to comment]

I am your newest follower and would love a follow back on my blog. Here is the link: Thanks so much!! :)

I also have a bloghop website where you can post your blog hops which can be found at

Menopausal New Mom said... [Reply to comment]

Just found you on a bloghop, would Love for you to follow me back (unless you already are Lol!

We get a real tree too. Love the smell, hate the needles. We usually put the tree up around the 15th of December and it comes down on New Year's Day.

Happy Friday!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Found you from the Friday Blog Hop at Home Grown Families. Your tree looks very nice. We use an artificial tree, due to allergies, and will be putting it up later today. I love decorating the tree.

I am following you now and would love a follow back. (My blog is ) I just finished adding Google Friend Connect to my blog. Hopefully I did it right.

beachbaby said... [Reply to comment]

Following you now from Super Mega 7 Blog hop I hope you will follow me back you can find me at

Kristina @ Peaches Reviews said... [Reply to comment]

I love REAL trees!!

Following you from the Super 7 Blog Hop!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

I am a new follower! Saw you on Trendy Treehouse. I love the color of your walls and the ceiling is beautiful! Very lovely blog. Stop by when you get the chance:

Melynda said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Alison, we live in a heavily treed neighborhood and the smell of evergreen is with us everyday, so I must confess, we have a fake tree. I did change trees this year, from a limb by limb assembly tree to one that has 3 parts. I am fairly happy about that.

Living on Love and Cents said... [Reply to comment]

i have always wanted a real tree! It is beautiful. Thanks for linking up at Making Friends Monday! I am now following your lovely blog!

LadyE said... [Reply to comment]

Found you through the Friday Blog Hop. Having a real tree is so much fun. I remember my first one, and the excitement. Now I live in Asia, and I am usually somewhere hot on Christmas Day. I miss having my own tree, and the plan is that one of these Christmas's I will (once I move into a bigger place). I'll drop back to see the trimmings :)


Brooke Anna said... [Reply to comment]

I found you through the Meet Me Monday hop! I'm at if you'd like to follow back :)

The Pilot's Wife said... [Reply to comment]

Making Friends on Monday! I'm following your blog now! Looking forward to reading more posts!

Anna, The Pilot's Wife

Danielle @ "We Don't Have It All Together" said... [Reply to comment]

Hi, new follower here! I LOVE real trees but have NEVER cut one down. We keep saying, "next year"...but we never do.

I have a giveaway going on if you're interested: We Don't Have It All Together

Kate said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations on your tree! We have a fake one because of all the animals. I hope some day we'll have a real one :) Love your blog and what it's about! I hope you'll come follow back.


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