The Tree Search
December 4, 2007
It was 15 degrees outside and therefore the perfect temperature to go searching for a Christmas tree, like the rest of the Christmas celebrating, tree chopping down, don’t care about the environment, put the tree too early, buy into the mass consumerism, unenlightened world. Oh wait, I think the last one was only directed at me. But feel free to apply it to yourself if you want.
We have been going to the same place for 12 years. They don’t have the nicest looking trees. They aren’t trimmed up to perfection. They are like the wild tree farm, if there were such a thing.
Every year the pickings get slimmer and slimmer. We wonder how much longer the little tree place will be there. They charge $70 less, yes LESS, than the other local tree places. But most people like to grab their perfect trees off of a wooden stand and have someone else drag it and tie to their roof. We, on the other hand, have to bring our own saw. And yes we do feel smugly superior about it.
We tie a tag with our name printed on it in black Sharpie marker. Explain to the children that no, we can not move someone else’s tag off of their tree and put our tag on it. Yes, even if their tree is nicer than the one we picked. It is short and fat, but maybe this year we can fit the angel on the top of the tree without her leaning over like Quasimodo.
We hug the tree and say goodbye. We will come back for it next weekend.
My oldest son wants it known that he wore this hat, gloves, and had his coat zipped under duress. Really he is much to cool to do any of those things. But I forced him because 15 degrees could make your ears and fingertips fall off.
Dammit I am way too busy to be running people to the emergency room. And Lord knows, the rest of the free world is probably already there.
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