Chopping down a Christmas tree

It’s a Christmas party shop

Mistletoe grown fresh where you can see

Everybody wants to stop …

So my attempts at rewriting a holiday classic are a bit lame.   But there is definitely something about the smell of freshly cut pine that invokes Christmas like no other.  Through my growing up years, my family always cut down our own tree, often from our small acreage.  Those were not exactly pretty trees, since we did not shape them, but they did make for fun memories.

I decided to start my own fresh tree tradition in my first apartment.  I borrowed my parents van and bought a beautiful tree from a nearby parking lot.  With my roommate’s help, I carefully put my tree in the stand.  It fell over.  We tried several times with the same result.

So, I called my Dad.  He came over and showed me that I needed to actually push the tree in the prongs of the stand.  It stood.  For awhile.  Soon it fell over again.  Finally I looked more carefully at the tree – the trunk was completely crooked.  Not such a great tree for first one.  And just in case you were wondering, you can exchange Christmas trees.


Sadly now our household has resorted to fake trees.  (Something about too many needles all over?)  But hey, my husband put up our tree right away without me even asking, so I am not going to complain too loudly.  Someday I hope that we will have a fresh one again!!!!!  Maybe next year?

There are quite a few  Christmas tree farms in Nebraska.  I know where we will personally start … Prior Pines just outside of Lincoln at 98th and Holdrege.  This tree farm happens to be run by my dear friend, Marsha Prior and her family.  I asked her for a few tips on picking out the perfect tree!

First, pick the freshest tree possible.  This is why getting the tree from the field is your best best most times.  Next, when you get home, cut the end of the tree before placing it in water.  This tricks the tree into thinking it is still alive, so it continues to grow and remain vibrant for several days.

What is the best tree for kids?

While a fir tree would be considered the “Cadillac” of trees, they do not grow as easily in Nebraska.  As far as the softest tree, white pine is your best pick.  This supposedly is also a great tree to buy if you have allergies.  The only drawback – the needles are so soft that you have to secure the ornaments differently or else they slide off.

So, now you know a bit before you go looking for the perfect tree.  And in case you need more inspiration …

(The actual clip is only two minutes, then there are some ads that you can ignore :-)) 

Happy tree hunting!

Author: neodyssey