Saturday, December 12, 2009

Making the Perfect Christmas Tree

We like to hunt our own Christmas tree.  No, not from a lot or from the store--from the woods.  Besides being a fun activity for everybody (even the dog), it's cheap.  Only $10 for a tree permit.  And you know I'm cheap.  Granted, if the snow isn't too deep we can easily spend that much more in gas to get to the top of the mountain where the pines are, but this year we stayed close and picked up a Pinyon pine instead.  This one.

Our ceilings aren't very tall, so our tree doesn't need to be very tall.  We figured out last year that instead of tying it to the top of the suburban in the cold, we could just stuff it inside with the kids and the dog and be on our way.  So that's what we did.  (It's on a tarp so it doesn't sap up the whole vehicle.)

The thing about real trees is that they're rarely perfect.  They have holes and flat sides.  The branches aren't spaced evenly around.  They're a little fatter or skinnier than you thought once you get them in your house.  You know.  So here's what we do.  We cut the tree too tall, so when we get home we have to take another foot or so off the bottom.  With that go a couple of branches.  We use those branches to fill in the empty spots on the tree.  Just whip out your screw gun and put a couple screws in each branch.  Like this:

Then for the branches that need to move over or be pulled out of the walk way we use fishing line to tie them where we want them.  Like this:

Light it up and decorate it (can you believe this little tree took 400 lights?), and voila, the perfect Christmas tree!


One Cluttered Brain said...

Beautiful tree! I sent the package yesterday in case you wanted to know. Hope she likes it!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Darlene said...

Oh. My. Heck!
Why didn't I think of this myself? We're having another "Charlie Brown" Christmas this year. Trees are a questionable expense. This year, there's no question. It's not happening unless we can get a free one. One thing the Southerns states do not lack and that is TREES.

I think son will be going on a hike this week. Either at his dad's or someone else's property (with permission) and getting us a tree. We've always "just dealt with it" when it comes to droopy limbs and holes. Thanks for sharing a way to "pretty up" the tree.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

HermitJim said...

I,m not really an expert, but I love the tree! Reminds me of when I was a kid!

Come to think of it, now days everything reminds me of when I was a kid!

Leasmom said...

WOW, and I bought my skinny little tilted tree from Rite Aid. Well, at least yours looks like a real tree because its a real tree. Mine, is

Bitmap said...

I remember going with my grandpa and my dad to cut a tree.

Grandpa just drove out and cut one from the right-of-way.