1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Do you cut down a tree from your farm at Christmas? They all look like green soldiers protecting the farm. Idaho is the home of so many beautiful evergreen varieties.

    • MaryJane says:

      Meg and Lucas went to the very site of today’s photo (a local tree farm) to bring home and decorate a tree last weekend. Yes, I walk out my door to find something, smaller and smaller every year–I let the kids do big trees.

      • Winnie Nielsen says:

        Our local Christmas trees here in Florida are mostly Southern Red Cedar. They have very light branches that can’t take much weight. Plus, they have a terrible sticker type foliage that means you have to put heavy work gloves on the do anything with the tree. Other types of local trees include a southern Pine that can be pruned at tree farms. They have that sweet pine smell but rapidly turn brown and die once they are cut so they won’t last long. I have used that tree several times when my children were small since we could go and cut one down locally. But then everyone decided that only a Frasier Fir would do and then it was three against one. If it were up to me, I would do the local pine and select one that was small enough to make into a table top tree. I’m with you, small is best!

  2. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    I have 2 kitties who treat a real tree as a big plaything. In fact this year with BB King my new now 8 month kitten, I am not doing a big tree at all. Even the ” forest ” of smaller trees I put out that have real wood with bark trunks are too much of a temptation for him. Ah well , the house looks festive anyway and the really good glass ornaments are on a reproduction German feather tree.
    Today I will go buy pine roping for the front porch of my whlte farmhouse.. And go to my “secret” 3 story high ancient holly tree to cut branches that are just overwhelmed with red berries.

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