I am an early bird with the Christmas decorations because I thoroughly enjoy the holiday season and want it to last as long as possible. In fact, every year we go and cut down our tree at a tree farm in Connecticut. Aside from the fun of hot cocoa, a hay ride and the debate about which of the boys gets to actually cut it down, the trees typically stay fresh for a good five or six weeks.
Typically...but this year not so much.
We did the usual trek up to Easton and enjoyed all the aspects of the tree cutting excursion. I decorated it with some help from the boys with A Christmas Story playing on the television. Here's a shot of it all tricked out and festive. I loved this tree! It was fat and fabulous, just like Santa.
I watered this thing twice a day and made sure it was getting enough to drink, as I do every year. Usually, the fresh cut trees last well past New Year's Day because they haven't been sitting on a lot for a couple of weeks already.
Not the tree we got this year.
This tree was defective. I don't know what the heck happened but in a matter of two weeks it turned into a stick tree that rained pine needles. It had completely stopped taking in any water
and had turned into a fire hazard.
So we had to un-decorate the entire thing, throw it out (and by the time we got it outside it was naked on the entire bottom half) and get a new one.
Here's a shot of the Humphreys' Family Christmas Tree 2.0.
I didn't mind, really. I love decorating the tree, so that part was fun. I could've done without the explosion of pine needles on the first floor but the boys helped out so it wasn't that bad. Actually, they were more helpful decorating it the second time around and we all had a good laugh about the defective tree.
Has this ever happened to you? Tell me about your xmas tree mishap and I'll pick one person to win a signed copy of UNTAMED. (US or Canada only) Comment by 11:59pm on 12/16 to enter.