[begin rant] There are few things I maintain a fundamentalist attitude about – Christmas trees are one. I know all the arguments for artificial trees and some of them have merit (I live in a small apartment, I’m unable to go get a tree because of age or disability), but convenience is one I just don’t buy!
If once a year it’s too much of a bother to select a tree and clean up the needles, then why not dispense with other Christmas items as well?Â Exchange cash instead of gifts – it would be much more convenient not to go shopping and wrapping. Buy Christmas cookies at the store instead of homemade – that would be more convenient. I just think the trees, which are one of the oldest holiday traditions, get the short stick. [end rant].
The selection process is the longest part of the Christmas tree experience.
Heave-ho and out of the Christmas tree farm goes the tree. This may be the last year we have to drive to get a Christmas tree. Now that we are growing our own, next year our trees may be large enough for us to cut our own home-grown tree.