Extra's for the Tour ;>) Thanks Boo Mama
Thanks to all for the feed back. It has been fun and interesting to hear your opinions and advise. Apparently my family is not the only family weighting this matter. There are the die hard real tree lovers. I am hearing you strong and clear, Sis and Ty. Then there are those that choose a simple solution, buy one simple fake tree, no worries. My big mistake, based on this thought process was, if I buy a fake tree, it has to be the best fake tree on the planet, nine feet tall, and 1800 lights later, I think that was the wrong direction to go ;>) Smaller fake trees seem to be working for most people, big fake tree @$#%@ not a good idea. See 24 hour update.
Sooooo do you want to know what we decided? It was funny because on Sunday morning when the eighteen year old woke up and saw us putting the big tree back in the box (and yes it was easier going back in, but woe to the next person that will have to fluff that baby up again) and saw our sad frustration. We told her our dilemma. We were trying to make it easier and less stressful on the both of us, by choosing a fake tree. She said simple solution, why don’t you have Josh, her big strong older brother, get the tree for you. What a smart girl we have raised. I think I have found a new tradition. Josh and I made a luncheon date. I feed the boy; boy helped me buy a real Christmas tree. Hauled it home, put it in the stand, and helped me hose it down outside and get it cleaned off. That night all we had to do was bring the tree in the house, only four feet from our back patio, and dah da, new Christmas tradition. The guy at the tree lot was great too. He basically gave me a nine foot tree, cut off one foot, and sold it to me for the six foot price. So I have a lovely eight foot real tree. I can’t help it guys I am a sucker for a big tree.
So here are some pictures of the tree and the final decorating of the house.
Oh,one more discovery, I found the best smelling candle for those of you with fake trees and miss the scent. It is by Yankee Candles, Mediterranean Cypres. It has more scent than our real tree.....
First, big strong cute son!
Tree in stand and cleaned up