How to Keep a Cut Christmas Tree Fresh

| 12/17/2020 7:34:00 PM

Testing Christmas Tree Freshness

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Even with all the complicated emotions the year has brought, in our little corner of the Midwest, there’s still a feeling of excitement and anticipation as we get closer to Christmas. Light posts on the town square are covered in greenery and bows, while strings of lights happily criss-cross over Main Street. Shop windows glitter with lights and decorations, and as I open the heavy door to the makers’ market, a small shop of local, handmade items, the scent of cinnamon and balsam stirs up heartfelt memories. A shop filled with homemade soaps, beeswax candles, and all kinds of handmade wares, soon, my shopping is done. I step back outside and find the December air hits me with a blast; however, the clean, fresh air feels good, cheers my heart, and I’m off to wrap secret surprises to tuck under the tree.

I continue to read that this year has been one of record sales for live Christmas trees. Understandably, Christmas trees spark something magic in all of us, and with a year such as this, families want to make the holidays as special as possible. The adventure of bringing home a live tree makes for great family fun — and I say adventure, because for our family, that’s exactly what it is!

Each year we bundle up and drive to our favorite tree farm, walking through the acres of woods looking for the “perfect” tree, which is usually the first one we saw — you know, way back at the beginning of our trek. Then comes the “who’s going to lay on the ground and cut it this year?” decision. I always bring a blanket, to help fend off the snow and/or mud that also seems to be a part of the adventure.

We walk back to the office to pay for the tree, a walk that somehow seems much longer than when we started out, and then tie the tree to the top of the car (again, another memory in the making). Lastly, when we’re home, as expected, we find it barely squeezes through the door and always brushes the ceiling. It doesn’t matter; the scent soon fills the room and it begins to work its magic.

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