Or the subtitle should be: Am I too picky that I had to go to four tree lots before I found a tree? That’s right, it took four tree lots. In fact I went back to one tree lot three times! Yes, three times. I would eventually find my tree in the garden center of my local Target. The bullseye saves me again. You see, I was in charge of locating the Company Holiday Tree for the lobby.
What is it with the trees this year? The prices have come down for sure, but almost 80% of them have bare spots the size of Montana or are suffering from lack of water or they don’t know which way to lean. It was hard finding a tree. There were three trees to choose from: Noble, Douglas and Grand. Most of the weekend I was looking at the Grand trees due to their great pricing. A 7-8 foot tree for about $50.00. Problem was that these trees had long needles and sprigs for branches. They also suffered from lean-itis.
I was determined to find a tree before the weekend was up. However, so was the rest of Southern California. This is the magic weekend for Christmas trees. At one lot, they were down to about 6 trees. It was sad. Another lot had maybe a dozen and those were the saddest looking trees I had ever seen. Another lot in Irvine at the intersection of Walnut and Jeffrey had tons of trees, problem was they were like 15′-20′ tall! I’m serious! I’m not sure whose home those trees would fit in, but they were tall indeed.
So discouraged, I went to the Target across the street from my house. There was only one guy really working the tree lot and he looked beat and broken. Poor kid. All the trees that were left were all still bundled and tied up. I looked at a few of the trees that other customers have un-bound and now understand why they were just laying on the floor. Those trees sucked. So I picked upa bound tree, cut the string (the guy was busy) and gave the tree a really good shake. Then I had to shake it some more. I looked at it, and gave it yet another shake.
This was the tree! It was late and I had tree sap all over my hand and who knew what those needles could hurt. Luckily I had borrowed my sister’s SUV and it fit in the back of the SUV. I wasn’t looking forward to having to lace it up on the top of the Expedition. The tree we ended up with was a Noble Fir and it is about 7.5′ tall.
Whew!Filed under: Christmas, Work