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We done did the tree

It was a dark and stormy night, almost. The wind was blowing a gale, the rain stung like needles, nearly dark, and Uncle B said cheerily, “so, we going to do the tree then?”


The tree was still in its bag in the garage at this point. Next you know, we’re out there in the gathering gloom grinding the butt off a spruce with an alligator (worked a treat, too). We made it!

Our tree this year is an abies lasiocarpa, a new species here. Internet tells me it grows from Alaska to Northern California, so you may know it. I think I knew it as a balsam fir.

It has a lovely tapering shape, top to bottom (our usual spruce is fat-bottomed and sparse at the top). It has soft needles that don’t poke you when you handle it. Sadly, though – despite what Wikipedia says – it’s not at all smelly.

We paid £43 for a 5′ tree. That’s about…$54. How does that compare?


Comment from Gromulin
Time: December 11, 2023, 8:50 pm

That’s cheap. We are $120 for a 7′ tree here in Gavinzuela.

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: December 11, 2023, 9:30 pm

We just buy a $5 Christmas Tree Permit from the Forest Service, and then we spend $40 on gas to get up to where the true firs grow.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: December 11, 2023, 11:37 pm

Beautiful badger ornament. Weasel handiwork?

Comment from Mitch
Time: December 12, 2023, 12:11 am

Certainly less than the $300 I paid for our 7 foot pre-lit artificial tree but then we’ll be using this for a number of years to come. It’s quite nice actually.

Comment from Ben
Time: December 12, 2023, 12:43 am

We paid about $90 for a similarly sized tree in Colorado.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: December 12, 2023, 1:10 am

Which tree?
Mrs D has a freakin forest of artificial trees.

If there aren’t 7 of them I’ll eat one. It seems one year we had to have a tree in the upstairs front room, and the downstairs front room, the game room, two spots on the screen porch out back and a small forest scattered around the house (which replaced the lamps that must be located on any flat surface with more than 3 square feet of available area).

Delilah the honorary dog (cat) enjoyed it all tremendously.

This year, there shall be only one. Until I’m instructed otherwise of course.
I wear the pants around here, and Mrs D says I can say that.

Comment from Pupster
Time: December 12, 2023, 1:34 am

Haven’t had a real tree for a long time, but I may ask Santa for one of those Alligator loppers.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 12, 2023, 2:17 am

Well, it won’t take long to sharpen the chain will it.

But electric.

Where’s my old book on not eating quiche…..😉

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 12, 2023, 2:20 pm

Surly: Etsy. And not me. Uncle B has a weird thing about Etsy. This, like his fondness for emojis, seems out of place in a grumpy old bastiche, but here we are.

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