Sorta on topic, it's wood. Christmas is just around the corner, for some
of us it's next month for the younger ones it's still about 2 months away.
Anyway, as a kid in the 60's the magic of having the Christmas tree in the
house was the smell. I learned some years back that the trees were being
cut as early as late September and it seems that in the last 30 or so years
the trees have lost their smell.
For those of you that live in the northern U.S. and or Canada, do your trees
get cut that early? Do they still have that smell?
Here in CT, the local trees are often fresh cut when bought or a day or two
before if you don't want to trudge the fields to find one. They have a nice
smell. About a week before Thanksgiving though, I see trucks on the road
heading south with loads of trees.
I recall the tree filling the house with that smell. Now you can be in the
middle of the Christmas tree lot have a hard time smelling the tree. You
have to shake every tree to make sure it will make it home with some of its
needles. Most are sprayed with a green dye.
Like anniversaries, every holiday should have a gemstone/metal/substance
associated with it ... Christmas is plastic.
... and look out, it's almost Halloween. The ads start in about two weeks,
with the blow up yard ornaments soon to follow.
Unfortunately, another holiday ruined by some creeps.
For the last 25 years, have not passed out anything edible at Halloween, but
Too bad, candy was what I remember as a kid, not a coin.
We're passing on a tree this year, as we have two 6 month old kittens.
I'll thickness plane some pine in my basement shop for the smell.
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Here in Oregon they shipped about 8 million trees last year. The growers
I've talked to say they harvest and ship to Asia in mid to late Oct. Mexico
gets shipped to next, followed by the eastern US. The last shipments go
out by the 2nd week in Dec. As for the smell ours are quite aromatic.
But then again we cut our own and it's in the house the same day.
We make a holiday of it. Several families show up for breakfast at our
house, where I make sausage, bacon, eggs, and homemade cinnamon
buns. Then we go to a tree farm, and search for the perfect tree. My
wife likes to find a tree with a bird nest. "If it's good enough for a
bird, it's good enough for our house." After getting the tree bagged
and tagged, we go to the nearby pub and drink several pints of draft
brews, and have a pub lunch. Then the families separate and retire to
The trees smell great, and lasts for months without losing needles.
We have local tree farms, we go out and find the perfect tree, try to find
one "with out" a wasp's nest, take it to the machine that shakes the dead
needles off and bags it, load it up, take it home, take a shower to wash the
THOSE are the trees I remember. After Christmas we kids would gather all
the trees in the neighborhood that had been put out for trash pick up and
take them into the woods and build forts. The smell in the forts was
For a number of years, in Northeast Mississippi, I had been getting my
Christmas tree from a local tree farm. After Thanksgiving, ride the
wagon out to the field, select and tag your tree, cut it and bring it
home later. So it was fresh and certainly had the smell.
Last year we got a card in the mail stating the the owner of the tree
farm had advanced stage cancer and that they were shutting down their
Man was a retired dairy farmer converted to Christmas tree farming.
My wifes uncle in Georgia did the same thing. I asked him once why
the shift from dairy farming to Christmas tree farming after all those
years. He said, " well Frank, those Christmas trees don't care what
time you get up in the morning"
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