We are almost in the most wonderful time of the year! If you are anything like me then you have already started buying up the eggnog from your local grocery store and pulling your ridiculous Christmas sweaters out from storage.
There is so much joy in the air during Christmastime that it makes sense to want to start grabbing fistfuls of holly and get straight to decking the halls. Just picture the paper crafts, holiday baking, and garland that wraps around the stairwell.
But before you grab your ax to charge into the forest and come out with the largest pine tree your house can hold, maybe you should slow down and consider how you're going to keep this tannenbaum going until the big day.
If you've ever made the mistake of getting your tree too early and forgetting to water it, then you know it wasn't visions of sugarplums dancing in head, but nightmares of needles carpeting the floor from wall to wall.
You also don't want to put it off for too long either, and get stuck with a Charlie Brown Christmas for the third year in a row.
So when should you start moving the furniture around to hold the towering, green wonder?
According to the National Christmas Tree Association (the elf in me is currently screaming right now), there is a brief timeline for you to snag the best piece of branch-y decor.
“We suggest that families shop early,” says resident Christmas tree expert Ann O'Connor. “The weekend after Thanksgiving through to the following weekend is a great time.”
This gives you plenty of time to find the best tree farm in your area and scout out their selection. With proper care and maintenance, most trees will be able to last four to five weeks before they begin to drop their sharp pine leaves.
It may seem strange to some to bring home a tree before there is any snow on the ground, but your reward is getting the most beautiful tree out there!
But how do you know which tree is going to last the long weeks leading up to the big day?