Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Christmas Tree: Which is the freshest

The Christmas tree.

            This weekend some will traverse the tree lots, some will wander over hill and dale for a fresh one. Which is the best choice?

            One of the goals in picking out “the tree” is to find one that will make it out the door on January 2 with as close to the same number of needles it came in with. So which is the freshest choice.?

            Without thinking we automatically believe the fresh cut tree would be the longest lasting. We remember the load of trees we saw rumbling down the highway this October; musing to ourselves; “there goes a load of Yule tide flash paper”.

            But let me interject this into your cranium. The trees you saw on the trailer this October were cut when they were chocked full of sap; they have been outside this whole time, and bundled. Very little of the tree juice has leaked out.

            The fresh one you cut, having hiked all the way back to the farthest reaches of the tree farm, (which you then promptly huffed and puffed it all the way back, only to see one that looked way better a spits distance from the car), has drained most of its sap back down into its roots.

            But, the fresh one has not forgotten its ability to suck up water.

            If you start out giving it a fresh cut when you get home pour hot tap water right away into the tree’s bowl, and then make sure it stays full all the time, never going dry even once. You will have a tree that will keep its “needle wear” sometimes long after you give it the heave hoe.

            Now, the tree lot tree.

            One thing to remember, the one and only thing…. Get the heavy one; the heavier the better. If your five year old can bench press it over his head, set it aside; don’t be lured in by its nice shape, or the fact that it’s got pine cones, or a nest; just walk away from it, your stocking feet come February will thank you.

            Choose three or four you might like and then lift them; the heavier they are the more sap they have, the more sap the longer they’ll last. You can try and give it a fresh cut when you get it home; it might suck it up, it might not.

            Fresh cut trees take some of monitoring. Tree lot trees are more “no muss no fuss”. Both will last if you take the time needed in the beginning. 


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