This is big for us. We haven't smelled pine from anything other than Mrs. Meyers Iowa Pine Dish Soap in...well...ever. That's why we didn't take the decision to pluck a tree from the forest lightly.
When we moved into our short little rambler it became apparent (as we moved the 4 enormous garbage bags that held our Christmas tree) that our 10ft plastic gem would no longer fit underneath our roof.
We loved that tree like others before it – the 7ft sparse tree (that was lost in a previous move...still no idea where it ended up) the tinfoil tree (which we erected in our apartment) and the non-existant tree which we imagined for several years (saving a buck). Yes, the 10 footer had to go.
We bought our last fake tree at a thrift store for a total of $20. Total revenue from the sale of it on Craigslist last month – $40. Profit – $20. Budget to buy this years tree – $20.
Spending only $20 on a REAL tree proved to be a task. Those suckers are expensive! Upon recommendation from the neighborhood we decided to take our chances at ACE hardware right here in Arden Hills. Not the "pick your own" experience I remember as a kid, but within 2 miles of home, within our budget, and the result...exactly the same.
Ok, so we ended up spending $25 on a 7.5ft Balsam Fir. Not too shabby.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
And because I GREW HIM...I made him pose like this:
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