When Christmas rolls around and it's time to get our tree ready to put up, I always share this tip with friends. Surprising how many folks have never thought of this idea, yet it's so simple. We do this out on our patio, but it could be just as easily done out in the yard or in the garage. We buy a real tree each year, so my son and I bring it home, cut the twine from the branches, and set it in a bucket of water overnight, allowing the boughs to settle.
This is a great idea, Donna! Putting lights on "correctly" means handling the branches a lot. I haven't done a real tree for years now but I remember how much dirt (bits of bark and grass n stuff) and needles it would shed on the living room carpet. Leaving it in the garage overnight also gives any living critters a chance to vacate before you bring it indoors.
It's a great idea if you live in California or some other warm climate, but the thought of decorating the tree outdoors (or even in the garage) in chilly Michigan in below freezing temperatures is not appealing. I guess we will have to settle for the usual mess on the floor that goes with decorating the tree, or, if you are really lazy, like me, an artificial, pre-lit tree is the way to go. Either way, enjoy the holidays!
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