I had three must-have qualities in mind during our tree hunt:
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,
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?