The time had finally come to dismantle the holiday decor. The plastic bins were brought back up from the storage unit and I filled them once again with bubble-wrapped nutcrackers, stocking holders and ornaments. When it came to the tree, though, we knew we didn't want to repeat last year's method. A year ago we somehow managed to manhandle the tree into the back of the SUV, leaving about five pounds of needles in our wake. With a taller and fuller tree this year, we didn't even think it would be feasible to get it back downstairs without a massive struggle. Too bad it couldn't wrap back up as nicely as when it arrived:
Bob and I decided to get our Dexter on and take this tree out, one piece at a time. We picked up a box of 42 gallon garbage bags and hedge clippers from our local Ace. Say goodbye, tree. At first, it looked like we just wanted to trim it down to make just enough space to watch TV from the kitchen.
And then things got serious.
This tree never stood a chance.
Bob cut and cut until the thing was more palm than pine tree.
We took 2 large bags of branches down to the car and followed with the big stick, wrapped at either end with garbage bags to try and catch the rest of the needles. We were left with a much cleaner trunk this year thanks to this much cleaner trunk.
What do you do with your tree once mid-January rolls around? Do you drive it to the Christmas Tree Graveyard, burn it in the backyard, or perhaps sneakily throw it in the back alley dumpster like I did my first few years in Chicago?