Christmas Tree Hunting Fiasco

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    Christmas Tree Hunting Fiasco

    Disclaimer: I'm going to complain.

    So every me, my wife, and her family all go Christmas tree hunting (cut down our own tree). I'm a bit of a Scrooge, so I generally dread it.

    This year, we had to sit in traffic for about 45 minutes before we even got there because the lane was a sheet of ice. I paid $56 for a tree because it was 3 inches over the $46 length. My car got stuck in the icy parking lot. And, my brother-in-law shattered his back window trying to put his tree in the trunk (at least it wasn't mine). 4 hours later, I'm home, and get to haul the tree inside and fight to get it to fit in the stand.

    Despite the fiasco, it was nice being with family.


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    I'm sorry about your misery. But all I have to do is go to my storage closet, take out the tree, put the three sections together, and fluff out the branches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty View Post
    I'm sorry about your misery. But all I have to do is go to my storage closet, take out the tree, put the three sections together, and fluff out the branches.
    Got you beat Betty. Just the wife and I. No family near. We don't even mess with a tree anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    This year, we had to sit in traffic for about 45 minutes before we even got there because the lane was a sheet of ice. I paid $56 for a tree because it was 3 inches over the $46 length. My car got stuck in the icy parking lot. And, my brother-in-law shattered his back window trying to put his tree in the trunk (at least it wasn't mine). 4 hours later, I'm home, and get to haul the tree inside and fight to get it to fit in the stand.
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    Wow! Sounds like fun!

    We go back and forth every few years between real and artificial. We are now in our "artificial" cycle again. I like to leave the lights on most of the day and evening and I like to put the tree up right after Thanksgiving, so not having to worry about it drying out and going up in a puff of smoke (taking the house with it) is nice.

    The real ones are beautiful too so there's pluses and minuses to both.

    If feel sorry for your BIL having broken out his window. That kind of puts a damper on the outing to say the least.

    Love this time of year though, so cheers!
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    Huh?? When we go Xmas tree hunting we usually just sit in the stand and wait for them to come to us. Much easier if you been feeding them most of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit212 View Post
    Huh?? When we go Xmas tree hunting we usually just sit in the stand and wait for them to come to us. Much easier if you been feeding them most of the year.
    I prefer to chase my trees. I brought my P238, but ended up bagging it with a saw.


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    We went pre-lit artificial about 6 years back. I do miss the smell of a fresh tree, but I don't miss the struggle to find the 'right' one, the stringing of the lights (unraveling the knot-ball), the sap, or the watering.

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    We did artificial for many years and it was more hassle than it was worth. We now do real trees. I drive the mini van down to the Lowes Home Improvement parking lot a few miles away and the dude ties it on top for me. Ironically, I'm usually wearing shorts and flip flops when getting a tree now. I remember traipsing through the snow in the cold many moons ago to get a tree...now that I live in FL it just doesn't seem like winter anymore. Just a cool summer.
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    There was a perfectly shaped, over 7 feet tall, live evergreen in a stand in front our local Farm and Tractor store the other day for $19.99.

    I know, I know, they are old and dry and you don't get the fun of cutting your own.................been there, done that. The best thing about the experience was the hot chocolate and songs around the old player piano afterwards.

    Also did the "live tree with ball attached to plant in the yard after Christmas was over" thing. If you're willing to settle for a much shorter tree and don't mind wearing a back brace until June that's a nifty thing to do also.
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    For 34 years i have gone kicking and screaming picking out a real tree . The wife does not want an artificial tree and my wife will win this arguement every time .
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    Ya know, they have artificial trees now. Just leave'em up all year long....like your Christmas lights outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ugh762x39 View Post
    Ya know, they have artificial trees now. Just leave'em up all year long....like your Christmas lights outside.
    You sir, are a genius!!


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    I like my fake plastic tree with the lights already built in

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    I haven't had a tree in at least 8-10 years, maybe longer. Truth is, I can't remember when.

    Hardly any family, nobody to see it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ugh762x39 View Post
    Ya know, they have artificial trees now. Just leave'em up all year long....like your Christmas lights outside.
    Nah - they're too hard to dust!!!!
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