Ed and I haven’t had a live Christmas tree since the Christmas of 1979. That’s because during the Christmas of 1979 we put up three different trees! Not in different places in our home either, but in the same spot! You can read about that first Saga of Three Trees HERE.
Flash forward, thirty-four years later, and I’ve just experienced another Christmas tree dilemma. The funny thing is, I haven’t even put a tree up yet!
As I mentioned, Ed and I always put up an artificial tree. (Actually, I usually put up and decorate a total of four trees, but only one of them is a large one.) Our main, 7 1/2′, tree is seven years old. It still looks pretty good, and all of the lights still burned last year, but it was getting time to start thinking about replacing it.
The decision was made after Ed and I purchased our new washer/dryer from Lowes, in September. We received an $80 gift card, in a rebate offer, so I designated this gift card to go toward the purchase of a new Christmas tree. The search was on!
Lowes had their Christmas trees up in early October, so I began looking. I’d purchased our last tree from Lowes, and I wanted another one just like it, but a little smaller. I love huge trees, but I’m getting older, and I’m not sure climbing a ladder is such a good idea anymore. I decided to choose a 7 foot tree, for the first time ever. Lowes had a similar version of our current tree, in the 7 foot size, so I decided I’d go with that one…until I began looking around!
To make a long story short, I ended up purchasing a different tree! I bought a 7 1/2 foot skinny tree instead. I don’t know what possessed me to do that, but I did. We brought it home and decided to take it out of the box to see how it looked in our home. We didn’t even put the thing together! It was much too skinny for us, and it was so thin you could see spit through the tree! Back to Lowes the tree went!
I intended to purchase the first tree that I looked when I bought the second tree, but, once again, I got side tracked! This time I bought a 7 1/2 foot fat tree! Don’t ask me why I kept choosing 7 1/2 foot trees, when I was supposed to be choosing a smaller tree, but I did it again. However, something inside me kept telling me I might have made a bad choice.
A few days later, I went back to Lowes to purchase a string of colored lights. While there, I decided to look at the artificial trees one more time… I didn’t have Ed with me, so I had plenty of time to compare and look, this time. I discovered that the tree I’d purchased looked better, at a first glance, but upon closer inspection, was made cheaper than the original tree I’d planned to purchase. I knew this tree would not stand the test of time.
I got in my car, drove 38 miles back home, loaded the Christmas tree back into my car, then headed back to Lowes! I returned the second tree, and finally bought the tree I should have chosen in the first place! While loading and unloading the two trees, I quickly discovered that the third tree weighed more than the second tree, even though it was smaller!
The third and final purchase is sitting on the floor of our pool room. I won’t put the new tree up until after Thanksgiving, but, hopefully, this tree will be a keeper! After all, the third time’s the charm, right? I hope so, but I still have my receipt…just in case!