Every year when I haul the Christmas tree out to the curb in January,
shedding needles all the way, I wonder if I could have done something with
the trunk. Does anyone here make nativity scenes or turn an ornament or two
and stamp them with the year? Somehow it seems appropriate to save
something from the tree that takes up so much of my living room nearly
1/10th of the year. ;-)
Somewhere around here is the first piece of ww'ing(circa late 40's) I ever
did. I used part of the trunk of our Christmas tree one year to make a
candle holder for my Mother. IIRC, it was a Scotch Pine, nice long trunk
sections between the branch "rings". Took a piece about 2"D x 1'L, flattened
one side(drawknife?), wallowed out 3 holes for candles, then bored 4 holes
about 5/16-3/8" to put some twigs in for legs. It graced her Christmas table
the rest of her life, and we now have it.
We used to run it through the chipper/shredder. Then one year KMart
had an after-Christmas sale and we bought a 7-foot artificial one for
$15 and have not bought a cut one since. It has saved a lot of money
and now we can keep the tree up from Thanksgiving to New Years.
Same here. I loved the real trees for their smell. However in the last 30
years the trees in my neck of the woods have no smell. I learned that the
trees that we get are cut as early as late September.
I've always though it was kind of sad to drive along after Christmas and see
all those beautiful little trees lying by the side of the road waiting to
go to the dump. Somehow it just seems like they deserve better. Or maybe
I'm just a sentimental fool.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I recall when we were kids we would gather up all the discarded Christmas
trees and build forts that would last for weeks after Christmas. In the
early 80's my wife and I decided to have a bigger real tree. It was 11'
tall and 7' wide at the bottom. As early as Christmas day the simple wind
created when walking by the tree caused needles to fall of in clumps. Those
needles would hit needles below and knock those off and so on. Later that
day we took it down and squeezed through the 36" wide door opening. Not a
single needle made it to the street. It looked like a plucked chicken.
Cat scratching post. Keep the bottom two feet of trunk and the log
slice for the base. Strip the branches. Wrap jute string around the
trunk and staple it down. Should last until next November and the new
Yes, but they tend to accumulate. I already have about four bushels of
ornaments which I store each year, yet Susan could only bear to part with a
couple dozen for the daughter who was our second to set up separate
housekeeping. After a bit your home made become much less important than
the ones the kids made in elementary school, or friends gave as gifts, or
you inherited from your parents....
A store we don't have . . something like "Tractor Supply" perhaps?
Anyway, they've been running ads where Hubby buys too big a tree,
whereupon a crew with chainsaws produces a goodly bunch of rustic
Great fun. Makes me wanna buy a chainsaw.
Didn't live there long? Most of the live trees I've seen are blue spruces.
They get HUGE eventually. We had some really pretty ones across the
street, about 80' tall, until they got replaced with a 20' high concrete
I don't have room for what they grow into, and I don't have any use for
their corpses even after they get bigger, so I can't see doing the live
tree thing. I can't see butchering a tree for no more noble purpose than
sticking it in the corner as a holiday decoration either. So I'm all about
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Our block has an annual Week after New Years Bon fire.
Pretty much evey one on the block hauls their trees down to my lot were we
have a nice fire -then we toss the trees in 1 at a time.
For those who never saw a Chrismas tree go up - its a sight to be seen.
Its a great wind down for everyone after the holiday season.
Much better than just letting them pile up.
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