December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008
Picking the Perfect Tree

Welcome to another day in my life. It is hump day and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week.

It is the time of year when people who celebrate Christmas trees are either picking one out or getting ready to put their tree up. (Although my tree always goes up during the weekend after Thanksgiving.)

Tonight we are having the Christmas party for my men's long term survivor HIV support group. There are plenty of surprises Heather and I have planned for the group so we are hoping everyone has a great time.

So the topic for topic is how to pick the perfect tree.

Whether it’s the frosty winter air, the rich fragrance of freshly cut evergreens or the excitement of finding the “right one”, picking out a live Christmas tree is a memorable event and one that most of us at Allgood look forward to every year. Your family may have already perfected the art of choosing a tree but even if that’s true, here are some helpful reminders.

Before you leave on your tree-finding mission, measure the space it will go in. There’s nothing more frustrating than coming home with a tree that’s three feet too tall or wide (or three feet too small) for the area.

Once you get there, ask the retailer if they receive one shipment of trees or several throughout the season. If the trees come at different times, try to find one recently delivered as it will be the freshest. Trees that are shedding needles, have discoloration or smell musty aren’t fresh.

Usually, Georgia tree lots offer three different types: Scotch pines, Douglas firs and Fraser firs. Which one you choose really depends on which one you like the best. With proper watering all of them should last throughout the Christmas season.

To help pro-long a tree’s life, have someone cut about ˝ inch off the base before you take it home, then place it in water as soon as possible. Keep it away from direct heat – fireplaces, dryer vents, direct sunlight, etc. Check the water level every day to ensure the base is still submerged.

And lastly, after Christmas, properly dispose of your tree at a local recycling station. Many home improvement stores as well as fire stations offer tree drop-offs.

But the most important function of the tree for me is the beauty of lights and joy it brings to my home. The sight of my Christmas tree brings back many fond memories of childhood. And are not children the reason for celebrating the holidays? The way their faces light up when looking at decorations or a tree not to mention as they open up their gifts on Christmas morning.

I hope your holidays are going great and full of wonderment and surprises.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab