As always, we are trying to pinch pennies this holiday, and while I much prefer a live Christmas Tree to a fake one, the prices can be kind of ridiculous. This year I saw an ad that the Limerick Fire Department was selling trees at a local tree farm, any size for $20. It appeared to be a cut and carry arrangement, so we decided to give it a go.
As a note, there is a difference between a local tree farm and a local Christmas tree farm.
The trees at this farm were all 20-30 feet tall. We were told to choose anyone we'd like and they top it and cut it to size and strap it to the car. Determined to stick to our $20 Christmas tree budget, we decided to make the best of it and see what we could find.
Another note, the tops of trees look different when they are 20 feet in the air.
We picked out a tree top that was relatively straight, had only one tree top, and wasn't filled with pine cones. The firemen cut it to size and tied it to the roof of our car. They accidentally tied the doors shut at the same time, so I had to crawl in through the back, but that was minor.
When we got the tree home all we could do was laugh. It is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. The addition of lights and ornaments have not helped this poor tree.
So while everyone else is sharing beautiful pictures of their full trees with beautiful lights and decorative ornaments, I can contribute my scraggly, scrawny, unevenly lit, unevenly decorated, Christmas monstrosity.
Fortunately we all have a good sense of humor.