No “Bah, humbug” this year.
All the foolishness and mayhem of yesterday with the cleaning that went wonky has paid off.
Around early November of 2005 Joe and I were still on the road and would be until the snows came hard and I chickened out. During the bad weather I rode with him and did not drive. With us being on the road for the holidays and no children at home, celebrating Christmas was not a priority. Besides I was still the Grinch.
We made a stop at one of our favorite places in Lebanon, Missouri. Shepherd Hills Factory Outlet. Inside the store were artificial trees that had lights strung on them already. First time I had ever seen such a tree. It would not be until the following year that I would finally give in and have a tree in our home.
Lowe’s had a clearance sale on their stock of PRE-lighted artificial trees and we got this $150 tree for $49 the Christmas of 2006. We bought the storage bag separately and I’m very glad we did. The box the tree came in barely held together on the trip to the register let alone home and through our door.
The entire tree fits in the bag. Stand and all. There is a set of three rollers on the bottom of the bag for easy moving. The zipper that runs the full length, from top to bottom, on the bag seals it pretty tight. If you would have to store this outside in a garage or storage shed you are not supposed to have to worry about spiders or other little insects getting inside. The bag is supposed to be waterproof also. I don’t know the manufacturer of the bag, there is no longer any information on it, sorry.
There are four sections to our tree. In order to get this massive thing into the bag Joe tied the sections really well with a heavy jute twine.
Three of the four sections have a lettered tag that helps with the placement of the right piece in the stand.
I was able to get the binding off the first section by myself. Plugging the cord into the wall outlet to make sure all the lights worked on the first section after I got it installed in the stand.
I forgot just how huge this tree is 🙂
Joe had to come out and help me with the next sections. His binding job was so good I found I could not manage the piece by myself. Besides, what fun would it be to put the tree up and leave him out of the fun 🙂
There will not be a tree topper, nor has there been one. This tree is so tall that it is pressed up against the ceiling. The lights are cool, they do not get hot to the touch so I am not afraid of having a fire start in the ceiling. But to be safe I will only leave it on for a few hours a day…then again maybe all day long would be good too.
Do you have a real tree for Christmas or do you have an artificial tree?
Is there a tradition at your house for when the tree goes up and who decorates it? Does your whole family get in on putting up the tree?
I do miss the days when our children were home and listening to their memories of the ornaments and what they meant to our kids. Their laughter and joking around is a muted memory now. I hope each of them are making their own traditions 🙂
I’d love to hear about your Christmas traditions.