Nov 14

Christmas Tree Shops

Christmas TreesI live about a half hour from a little town that boasts a very quant store. It isn’t exactly a Christmas tree shop but it is a Christmas shop.  It is very cute, nestled in between a mini forest of evergreens and it is open year round.  It offers an assortment of decorations and Christmas knickknacks that are both homemade and manufactured and I delight in going there to pick out a few little decorations for the home.

But it isn’t a Christmas tree shop. It doesn’t actually sell any Christmas trees real or artificial, which is probably the reason why I go to a different Christmas tree shop every year to find the tree that will deck our living room.

When it comes to Christmas tree shops, there are a few things that you should take into consideration before you purchase.  This can actually make or break your holiday and I remember one year going to a tree shop only to have a dead Christmas tree within a few days.  The holiday was wonderful with the sound of cascading pine needles every time we reached for a present.

What type of tree do you want?

First, before you select a tree, you will obviously need to know the type of tree that you would like.  I’m actually talking about real or artificial, although it might be a good idea to know which variety of evergreen you would like.  When it comes to artificial, you can pick them up just about anywhere but you might like to choose a Christmas specialty shop since they will have quality selections in stock.

If you are going with a real tree, then the search for a Christmas tree shop has begun.

Don’t go for a big box store:

We have all seen the Christmas trees that are perched outside a big box store or a grocery store.  It may seem convenient and although many of them will last for Christmas they are not the freshest cuts you can find.  Also, many stores display them wrapped so it is hard to really know what the tree will look like once you cut the strings.  Generally, Christmas trees sold in big box stores and grocery stores are cut down sometime in summer to mid-fall and then kept in cold storage.  They are also shipped from growers across the nation which increases the carbon footprint involved in getting that tree to your home.

Look for a shop that promotes local growers:

Obviously, if you live in a climate that doesn’t promote the growth of evergreens, you can’t go to a local grower but if you do, the best choice is a Christmas tree shop that purchases their trees from a local grower.  This helps the economy right at home and promotes jobs in your community.  It also ensures a fairly fresh cut, you can ask for the freshest cut offered, and a smaller carbon footprint.

Find a Christmas Tree Grower:

Many growers have their own Christmas tree shops.  This is actually my preferred choice and I have a grower that I purchase from each year.  This leaves me with two options.  The first is to go out into their Christmas tree lot and cut the tree down on my own, well actually, my husband does the cutting.  This ensures the freshest cut and we get the enjoyment of wandering through the Christmas trees as a family, searching for our very own Charlie Brown Christmas tree, only with more branches.  The second option is to purchase a pre-cut tree.  One of the nice points of using a pre-cut from the grower is that my grower cuts on a daily basis.  That means that the cuts are only a few days old instead of a few weeks.

Once you find a Christmas tree shop that offers excellent trees that last through the season, make sure you become a yearly patron. Trust me, shopping around after you found the gem of Christmas tree shop will only open you up to Christmases filled with dry and brown trees.  Go with the best and stick with them year in and year out.

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