Christmas is almost around the corner. You can sense it already. The wind is colder and many homes have started putting up Christmas decoration. Many are undeniably bitten by the Christmas spirit. Who‘d be able to resist it after all when it promotes nothing but positiveness, forgiveness, love, sharing, and good tidings and cheer. Most people’s fondest memories are that of Christmas maybe because the family is complete, making memories and eating together. The shopping is something some love, whereas others take to online shops to score great deals. Those who have issues learn to put their differences aside and simply celebrate the season without animosity and with only good thoughts for one another.
Aside from the food and the presents, the most striking representation of Christmas is the holiday decors most especially the Christmas tree. Nothing spells Christmas perfectly than seeing a tall, lighted and well-decorated Christmas tree, whether it is real or not. Kids’ faces light up once they see it standing tall and bright in their homes most especially once gifts start piling up at the bottom. People start preparing this iconic Christmas decoration at different times of the year depending on where you live. Some celebrate a longer Christmas season and got their trees up months before the holidays while some much later especially if they are using live ones, which is pretty understandable.
Increasingly, December 1 is seen as an optimum time to deck the tree – but will that mean the kids’ build-up of excitement will lose momentum before the big day and – in the case of real trees – will there be more needles on the floor than on its branches by the time you sit down to Christmas dinner?
In the past, the tree would be put up on the afternoon of Christmas Eve – so you can imagine the sudden impact on children of seeing it for the first time just ahead of their most eagerly-anticipated day of the year.
These days that’s considered far too late by most people and, again for those who buy a real tree, it simply wouldn’t leave them long enough to enjoy it. And it’s always sad to see beautiful trees cast aside near the bins post-Christmas while still in their first flush of youth.
In all honesty, there is no right timing for setting up your tree. It depends on you, after all. Whatever you believe in or practices is all up to you. If you decide to set it up way earlier than the rest, then it’s your call. At least you get to enjoy that lingering Christmas feeling in your home and they do sure brighten up any space. Other people’s concern is usually directed at live ones that require more upkeep and might be wilted by the time Christmas arrived if prepared way earlier than it should be. Other parents want to highlight the impact a tree could bring to Christmas Eve and see the big smiles on their children’s faces rather than lose their interest if they set it up months in advance.
Caring for your tree
Now that you have your tree, let’s work on keeping it alive through the holiday season. Here are Cameron’s tips:
Provide plenty of water. As a rule of thumb, provide 1 quart of water per inch of trunk diameter. The water temperature is not important.
Use a stand that fits your tree. Do not have outer layers of the trunk to fit a smaller stand, as those layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water.
Make a fresh, perpendicular cut to the bottom of the trunk before placing it in the tree stand.
Do not drill holes in the trunk. It will not improve water uptake!
Keep trees away from major sources of heat, and use Christmas tree lights that produce low heat.
If your tree is already up and you’re having a live one, these tips will definitely come handy in the upkeep. Real trees are special. You can’t put the same tree up again the following year because they’re dead by then. One thing you should know is that there are different live trees used as Christmas decors like fir, spruce, cypress, and pine. Different trees need different upkeep. Just following the tips mentioned here can mean a lot to your Christmas experience. After all, a home without a tree on Christmas day feels incomplete and nobody’s arguing with that. I’m sure there are people who don’t celebrate Christmas because of religious differences and all but for those who do, don’t forget to put those tree ups soon because Christmas is definitely not canceled this year or the next and the next.