Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Tree

So we all love a festive Christmas Tree....and we are no different.  But herein lies the problem.  Cutting down a beautiful tree for our pleasure only to let it dry up and drop it's needles and then be discarded is so incredible wasteful.  In good conscious we just cannot do it.  Artificial trees are made in China and chemically ridden so they really are not much better.

That leaves us with a potted Palm Tree masquerading as a Christmas Tree. Hard to put many ornaments on a Queen Palm.  Or a potted Christmas Tree that is about 2 feet tall.  This is our usual option.  We buy the biggest potted tree we can find, put in on the biggest box we can find and decorate in about 4 minutes with 1/2 strand of lights and 11 ornaments.  We drag it outside and try to keep it alive through the Santa Ana's in San Diego.  So one year later the tree is usually 3 feet tall, has a 1 foot spindle on tip, few massive holes and random branches jutting out. We make do and laugh at our living tree. The 2nd year it is reaching 4 feet, the shooting spire is now 18 inches and we want to trim it but that may look worse, if possible.  The holes are bigger as the tree is sick  so we put stuffed animals inside them to camouflage trunk.  It's too big for Charlie Brown and is down right pathetic.  The following year it usually dies and we are either back to square 1 or we try the Palm Tree.

So this year, it is the week of Christmas and we are wondering about a tree.  Riley calls the local nurseries and the largest potted tree is 3 feet. Guy tells her, "we just don't sell the living tree's".  Sad.  I stumble upon and we are elated.  The site is easy to navigate, the inventory is "live" and you can order and pay and set up delivery in minutes.  As we were a few days out from Christmas, the price was reduced some.  Within 15 minutes I had a confirmation and deliver set up for the following day after 1pm.

We are chilling at time when Elf Chris calls and says he is 15 minutes out.  They arrive in the pouring rain, dressed quite festively. It was sensation.  2 guys, elves, hop out and within minutes our tree is set up in the house and ready for us.

Before they leave they sing a song about caring for the tree, do a little dance and off they went.  Beautiful tree and they will be back on Jan 2nd to pick it up and plant it outside someplace where it can grow and prosper.


  1. Wow that's cool! My husband always cuts the top off of a Norfolk Pine (from the side of the road somewhere)... he thinks of it as 'pruning' because Norfolk Pines just grow right back. It does sort of look like a Charlie brown tree but whatever. Works for us!

  2. Thank you so much Julie for mentioning us!
    Happy New Year,
    Elf Christine