As I write this the wind is seriously whistling outside and Miley keeps staring out the window all crouched down... word is there's a snowstorm on the way, but I guess we'll see when I wake up... winter is here though! While cosy inside with a cup of tea and Julie & Julia on (great movie btw!) I pulled out a few old Martha Stewart's from the winter season and started thinking about real Christmas trees.
I've never actually had a real tree for Christmas... is that weird? I don't know why my family never picked fresh over fake... but either way going off to the tree farm to pick out your tree seems like a whole lot of fun! And who knew there were so many kinds? I can just imagine the lovely smell that would fill your home. And thanks to Martha Stewart (as always) I found this handy guide to help you pick the perfect tree... here's a few tips...
- Remember to bring a measuring tape (you don't want a tree that won't fit at home!)
- Flag favourites with a bandanna, then it's easier to "comparison shop"
- First trees picked over are near the parking lot – head further in for a better selection.
- Leave a good stump on the tree when you cut it...
- Then trim half an inch at home before putting it in water.
- On a fresh tree needles should bend, not break, in your fingertips.
- Leave your new tree outside, away from sun and wind until you are ready to decorate.
- And of course, water your tree often!
My pick would have to be the Fraser Fir (pictured last), which is said to be aromatic and has strong, upright branches – ideal for ornaments... maybe next year i'll think about a real tree...
Do you buy a real tree or are you content with a fake one for Christmas?
P.S. Doesn't Martha Stewart typography just make you SO happy? I smile every time I see such a gorgeous type treatment in every issue.
Up close boughs by number: 1.Balsam Fir 2.Leyland Cypress 3."Carolina Sapphire" Cypress 4.Fraser Fir 5.Nordmann Fir 6.White Pine 7.Noble Fir 8.Douglas Fir 9."Blue Ice" Cypress 10.Concolor Fir
Photos: Scanned by myself from Martha Stewart Living... copy selections also from Martha Stewart.