Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free Greenery

I'm trying to come up with a fun, encouraging way to put this, but saying it plainly is the easiest: Buying a real Christmas tree is WAY BETTER than a fake one.  

For the past three years, John and I have gone to Lowe's (which is a little less romantic than going to a Christmas tree farm, but also a heck of a lot cheaper) and bought our tree.  It's great.  The smell, the feel, the look of a real Christmas tree is incredible.  Our old, fake Christmas tree has been banned from our house, because it was, well, old and fake.

Here's what happens: we pick one out, John takes it to the front, an employee cuts off a few of the bottom limbs, saws off a new edge, and wraps it in netting.  Here's what is great about it:

First, it's like Christmas cheer threw up all over us and we are skipping to the car, hand in hand singing at the top of our lungs.  Since John isn't a fan of Christmas carols, he sings his favorite: Shot Through the Heart by Bon Jovi.  No thank you-not at Christmas!  I respond with a very feisty rendition of Aretha Franklin's R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and once again, we find ourselves in a very public dance off.

Second, all those bottom branches they cut off, you know what happens to them?  They go in a free bin for the taking.  For free.  There is no sign that they are free, but when I asked if I could have some, the employee said, "Sure, take as much as you like!"

Here's how I found out about the free trimmings: the first year that we bought our tree, I saw a lady customer literally scrambling up and down the isles picking up every little stray branch.  My fight or flight instincts set in and I started grabbing some too.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but I wanted to get as much as I could.  True story.  (Not like the dance off story, that was made up.  But, well worth making up because I know that some of you are going to be picturing that for a while.  You're welcome.)

Fast forward to year 3 of real trees and here's what I've done.  I've put those trimmings in every room of the house.  Twine, scissors and burlap strips were all very helpful.  I love it.  

In my book, nothing says Merry Christmas like chopping down a little Mother Nature to create some forest like ambiance!


  1. Love looking at what you've done, but where's a picture of my favorite--John's little clay manger scene he made when he was 5?

  2. Love how you have hung some of your free clippings with the burlap, nice touch.
    These make the home smell great..
    Happy Holidays.

  3. I LOVE this! and the burlap ribbon is perfect. I have to ask what is the name of your wall color? Its beautiful!!

  4. Oh how I LOVE old windows! That little made shelf is an amazing touch! I need to make me one. :)


  5. love how simple this is! The clear nativity scene is beautiful!! And I just love that shelf with the wreath above it (:

  6. I do agree that a real tree is the best (even though I have succumbed to the pre lit variety). Your home and style are beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!

  7. To Amanda, I LOVE this color. A few of my friends have used it. It's from Sherwin Williams. Northstar Blue. (It looks grey on the paint swatch.)

  8. What a beautiful tree, I would love to get a real Christmas tree one of these years! I love how you have used all the free greens to decorate your home with, very clever! I hope you have a blessed Christmas!!!!