We're hosting Christmas for Michele's siblings; this is an email she sent them a couple of days ago.
Ok so I learned something this year. Don't pick out a tree during a torrential rain storm.
The only day we had enough time to get a tree and set it up was last Sunday. So even though it was raining -- off we went.
Well the heavens pretty much opened up the moment we arrived at the tree lot. Fine. "We won't melt" Robin declared. Fine. Now I'm shamed into being a trooper by my 10 year old. Except she has a hood and I cleverly forgot a hat.
So off we went up and down the aisles of trees in the pouring rain. You know what? In the pouring cold rain all trees pretty much look the same. So when you've forgotten a rain hat you tend to make the tree picking out process go as quickly as possible. Robin's one constraint was that the tree be nice and bushy, so you can't see the trunk.
Upon spotting the first bushy tree
"That one looks good" says me
"OOoo" says Will (for the record he said this about every tree)
"This one is nice and bushy" says Robin
"Ok look there is daddy coming back from the ATM, let's get this one" says me as I scurry to the boy scout hut.
The boy scouts were not out in the lot selling the trees and assisting in the customers' decision making as they normally do. No. They were smart. They were in the boy scout hut huddled next to the wood burning stove. Our declaration to the scouts that we'd picked out our tree was not met with joy over another sales, the benefits of which would go into the smore fund for the summer's camping adventure. No, I believed that one of them actually groaned. You see they were obligated carry the tree to our car and secure it to the roof with twine.
Skip ahead a few hours. We put the tree in the garage to 'dry' off a bit and now Gavin has carried it into the house and to the living room. He is positioning it while I turn the dang little screws on the stand to secure the tree.
One screw isn't meeting resistance.
me: "Gavin. There is a hole in this tree."
Gavin: "A hole?"
me: "yeah part of the trunk is rotted or something"
Gavin "well let's turn it 45˚ so the screw can bite into wood" <-- a problem solver that Gavin!
We did and the stand is stable but the hole is still there. And... the tree dropped two dustpans' worth of needles within a few hours. I've never seen so much debris from a fresh tree. Then I noticed several dead branches. Also, if you touch the back side of the tree the needles readily fall.
No, we are not getting another tree. This one will just have to tough it out. We've got the lights up and the decorations and no one is to touch the back side of the tree.
And so you are all welcome for Christmas but don't make fun of our tree. It looks fine. It is doing its job of holding up lights and ornaments. A tree doesn't need needles to do hold up lights and ornaments, just branches. Our tree has branches....
So don't make fun of our Christmas tree.
It isn't half dead it is..... health impaired.