We had an artificial tree our first year of married life, but then, what did we know? The first year of marriage is a time of negotiation and adjustment–and no more so than at the holidays, attempting to meld two traditions into one. But, on one issue, we both came to a quick agreement. Every Clemens Christmas thereafter, the family tree would be REAL.
- The Fragrance of Christmas!
The type of fresh tree we chose changed with experience. Long-needles were soft, but hard to decorate. Pines were nice and often less expensive, but had little fragrance. We finally compromised on the Fraser fir, what I call the King of the Christmas tree forest! They exude the smell of Christmas past and have needles that do not shed easily.
The size of our trees changed with the size of the house. In our first little country ranch, Hubby tried squeezing in 8 foot trees, leaving sap marks on the ceiling. When we moved into our restored barn 7 years ago, flight took fancy. We now have 10 foot fresh Frasers standing in the center of the great room each season, and the one for 2009 is gloriously full and seasonally fragrant!
As we age, I think our trees will begin to get smaller and perhaps be erected mid December rather than week one. We may even resort to an artificial tree–pre-lit for convenience…but I hope that will be later than sooner. Decorating the family tree fresh from northern woods is a tradition we hope to cherish for many years to come.
“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches…”
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