Christmas Tree Traditions

On Saturday, I drove up to the nearest Home Depot to see what the live Christmas tree market looked like this year. Here’s a short video of what I found:

We actually sold cut Christmas trees for two seasons, back in the ’80’s. It was a fun time of year with fond memories! The wreaths we custom decorated and sold were actually a better business venture, but it all worked together.

Local newspapers have been writing stories about tree shortages at local cut-your-own Christmas tree farms which I’ve listed here along with tips on selecting and maintaining a cut tree indoors. Another option is purchasing a balled-and-burlapped tree to plant in your yard after Christmas, but you should dig the planting hole in advance and keep the tree inside for a more limited time.

I was quite taken with Santa Claus as a kid, when the Kaufmann’s store in Pittsburgh had the real Santa on the 9th floor! Could it finally be the year for that Go Kart?

Our family tradition was driving out to an aunt’s country acreage to cut our own tree, and nothing beats a fresh cut tree for fragrance and longevity. She had a dense stand of pine trees, and it was always our express intent to relieve crowding by culling a pine tree that was crowding others. I might also add that the ‘candles’ (new growth) on these trees had never been trimmed to help shape the pines, so they tended to be rather ‘leggy.’

Judging by this old photo, I would guess from the tree’s shape and long needles that it’s an Austrian Pine. I was even luckier to have another aunt and uncle who gave me a Lionel passenger train, which we set-up around the base of our tree each year. That silver and red Santa Fe ‘war bonnet’ paint scheme is still one of my favorites!

Here’s a more recent Amtrak Lionel train we set-up for our grandkids’ Christmas visit:

Another favorite Christmas tradition is singing Christmas carols, ones like We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


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