So in years past, you may recall, that getting the Christmas tree (much like the Christmas card photo) has been a stressful event. We even took all the necessary steps to correct all the horrible things about the whole process like, 1-getting an SUV in 2008 so that we no longer had to go through the hassle of borrowing somebody else's vehicle, and then 2- we got the big fancy Swivel Tree Stand that makes putting it up (and holding it up) super easy (and avoids divorce). I thought I had taken care of all the big problems, but NO. Now the biggest problem remains of WHERE to get the goddamned tree from. Here in the WOODS of New Hamsphire apparently there is not a place where you can go to cut down your own tree.
Last year we got a BEAUTIFUL tree from right here in Goffstown, cut your own. But they are now closed. So this year I checked this list New Hampshire Magazine's Cut Your Own Christmas Tree List and didn't see anything in this whole area we call Southern New Hampshire.
My friend Kristi recommended Noel's Tree Farm in Litchfield. Hey, that's not too far! Well, it's about 45 minutes but at least it wasn't Pittsburg which is LITERALLY Canada. It wasn't on the list the first time I looked, must have been later updated. So, we go. Dave is freaking out about having to drive that far with a tree on the roof. I mean, freaking out.
We get there finally, and it's a nice place FULL of pre-cut trees being unloaded off the giant tractor trailer. Hmmm. I inquire about cut-your-own, and the girl says, we don't have any over 5 feet tall, gesturing at the fields of tiny little trees growing (shrubs!). The taller ones are all pre-cut. OMG.
Oh. My. God.
So we pick out a nice 7' Frasier fir and it was only $54 which is a good price for a Frasier. But still, I was kinda reeling about the fact that we drove that far for a damned pre-cut tree which is entirely what I was hoping to avoid (and could have been obtained 1 minute from our house).
But it's a nice tree, with super soft branches. So that part is done for another year. I still think an artificial tree would be the way to go and truly avoid all this hassle. But the one who is the most stressed out about it, and doesn't care about a tree at all, insists on live tree. :/