For years we’ve had an artificial Christmas tree. Back before fake trees were affordable, we had real trees; unfortunately, the husband was a complete mess the entire time they were up. Sure, he’s a firefighter by trade and he’s seen plenty of Christmas trees burn, so his dread of the season was understandable. But it’s hard to give up a tradition.
He was right though. There were many times our Christmas tree was dried out long before Christmas Eve arrived and more than once we had to go out and buy a second tree to get through the whole season. Or worse, we could only turn the lights on long enough to exchange gifts and then they were banned again. This was back in the days when we all used 3″ outdoor bulbs on our trees inside – goodness they used to get so hot we had to make sure the kids didn’t touch them for fear of a 2nd or 3rd degree burn – and they dried out the trees and made them huge fire traps. It was better when bulbs got smaller, but they still dried out the trees with their heat.
But I still missed a real tree and this year he’s agreed to give it another try! So today we bought a very small real tree. Sure, we kind of forgot about the son’s cat and what he’ll likely do to this real tree, but still, I’m thrilled! The hubby conceded because of [amazon_link id=”B001H54AN0″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]LED Christmas lights[/amazon_link]. They don’t heat up and therefore don’t cause the fire hazard older lights do. He’ll still panic daily about whether or not the tree is still taking up water and he’ll run his hands over the branches to check for dried out needles; but we have a real tree again.
I only hope I don’t regret it when the sap starts running and the needles start falling. Or when the cat climbs it. Remind me I was thrilled we went real!
Now, who’s going to come over and help me decorate the tree?
Christmas Tree Resources
- Christmas Tree Tips from the National Safety Counsel
- Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety
- Comparison of dry tree and properly maintained (high moisture) tree fires
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- DIY Craft: Fresh Cranberry and Ice Christmas Ball Decorations Tutorial (miscfinds4u.com)
- Crafts: 10 Best DIY Holiday and Christmas Wreath Tutorials to Make Now (miscfinds4u.com)
- Are You a Holiday Safety Hero? #WorryFreeHome (aboutamom.com)