Since my childhood it has been my families Tradition to purchase a natural Christmas tree. It's pine fresh scent filled the house putting us in the mood for Holiday cheer and since our Mother's home was the place for family gatherings it was customary to sat up a tree in her home.
A couple of winters ago we were hit by an unexpected storm the very week we needed to shop for a tree.
Frigid bone chilling winds blew Icy flurries across our faces and through our bodies as we Shook, Shivered and Shake our way from one tree vendor to another.
We were astonished by the quality of trees that were offered. They were in poor shape and every vendor we approached seemed to have them.
There were trees that were so dry if you Sneezed the vibration would sat them on fire!
Hundreds of trees with missing pine needles were sprayed with blue green paint and scores of knotty crooked trees so knotty and so crooked a squirrel would risk injury if it attempted to climb one.
This was not the norm..we never had trouble purchasing a natural tree in the past.
Chilled to the bone and close to frostbite, one of my sister's suggested that we do something we had never done before.. Purchase an artificial tree!
So off we went to find our artificial tree, agreeing to stop at the first retailer we came across.
Back at moms we pulled the tree from the box that came with three dissected pieces that we had to put together.
when we were done ... It looked nothing like the fabulous tree on the box, but after a little more tweaking and decorating we had a tree we could be proud of.
I have a new appreciation for the artificial tree.. They are crafted to look like the ones found in nature and unlike the natural tree they save you time, money and clean up.
I have not abandoned my tradition and love for the real thing..but it is nice to know that I have an alternative when I need one.