I decided to get two Christmas trees this year. I have done just one large one the past few years, but I was really looking forward to Christmas decorating this year, so two trees seemed fitting!
I got a 8.5′ Fraser fir for our family room from a local tree farm and I partnered with Green Valley Christmas Tree farm to get a 7′ Noble Fir for my living room. I was excited to get a tree variety that I couldn’t get locally, so I picked the Noble Fir for that reason.
I have ordered a lot of things online – bathroom tile, toilets, rugs, etc, but I have never ordered a live Christmas tree. It arrived at my door Monday evening, in a long box. It took me a second to realize, “Oh! That’s the Christmas tree!”
I popped the stapled end of the box open and there was the tree, baled tightly, so it would fit in the the box and the branches would be protected in transit.
I decided I would put it in an “ice water” crock that is usually the wastebasket in our home office.
Since there is a hole for a spigot in the crock, I inserted a plastic bucket inside the crock to hold water for the tree.
I then cut off the low-hanging branches, so the tree would stand upright in the crock and made a fresh cut on the bottom, so it could draw in the water better.
Calvin, my eight year old, was watching me as I sawed off the end of the trunk. In a manner of fact tone, he stated, “Mom, it’s just not proper for girls to use saws.” Well, clearly he doesn’t know some of the amazing girl blogger/builders out there who use saws and other tools properly all of the time.
Now I should’ve captured the next part on video, because it was comical. I was actually laughing at myself as I tried to maneuver the tree into the crock. The situation alternated between the weight of the tree tipping the crock over and the tree falling completely out of the crock, both resulting in me getting a face-full of noble fir. I finally managed to get the tree upright with the trunk wedged between three bricks strategically positioned in the bucket.
I topped the tree with a star made of antique tin that I found at a local antique shop for this exact purpose.
I am going to add some lights and simple decorations, but I must admit that the tree is lovely as is.
And the look of the tree isn’t even the best part… this tree is the most fragrant one I have ever had. As soon as you walk into the room, it is evident that a live Christmas tree occupies the space. The smell of the fir mingles with juniper, pine, and cedar branches that are used for decoration and it is heavenly.
As a little bonus, Green Valley Christmas Trees includes a tree removal bag, which I thought was nice.
I’ve been working on decorating the rest of the house as I have had time this week and I hope to get more finished tomorrow.
As I was flitting about the house, tucking fresh greens into chandeliers, hanging wool pom-pom garlands, and singing along with Christmas music, I smiled at Jeff and told him, “I am totally in my element.”
Disclosure: Green Valley Christmas Trees sent me the Noble Fir in exchange for a review on my blog. I did not receive additional compensation, nor do I profit if you decide to purchase a tree through Green Valley Christmas Trees. As always, all opinions and words are my own and I only partner with brands I think my readers will like.