Have I mentioned to you that I haven’t had a Christmas tree since I was a kid? Well at some point my mother decided that we should focus on the real meaning of Christmas which is to celebrate the birth of Christ. Now that’s cool, and of course it makes a lot of sense. But this means that we did not have a tree for a long time. In fact we eventually started to put our gifts under the Nativity scene. Don’t laugh, she had very good intentions.
So once I got married I knew that I would finally get a Christmas tree! I know this may sound strange since I got married in March. But Christmas is tied with Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday. Therefore I look forward to it pretty much all year long.
We decided to get our tree from Home Depot. The guys at our local Home Depot are so nice. I know it’s a big corporate store. However I have been there for a couple different projects and they always treated me like I was at a smaller store. In fact when we went to get the tree the first time one of their employees told us to wait another week or more so that the tree would last. Originally I thought we would get a Noble Fir. That seemed like the nicest tree. But our friendly helper from Home Depot told us that a Douglas Fir would have the strongest scent. The scent of the Douglas Fir is divine. I also like the less dense look of the Douglass. It was a more classy looking tree in my opinion. When they cut the end off the tree I asked to keep the end of it. It will make a cool ornament for next year. I will write “Our First Christmas” on it then put a small hole through it for a ribbon.
So I didn’t want to buy a tree stand. I felt like it was a huge waste of money. Plus I saw all of these neat pictures of Christmas trees in buckets. We set out to find the perfect one and my honey actually picked it out! It matches the decor in our home very well and it can easily be used in our backyard…once we have one. 🙂 The nice thing is having a tree in a bucket makes your smaller tree taller and leaves extra space under the tree for presents.
In effort to keep this post brief I will save all of the decorating details for my next post. Make sure to check it out so that you can see some of my homemade ornaments. What’s your favorite kind of tree, or do you prefer an artificial tree?