Waiting 27 Years for a New IdeaWoman in the Middle | December 17, 2013
Thanksgiving was late this year and with every thing else going on in our lives Christmas is getting going later than usual at my house. Hubby and the girls insist on a real tree. I agree a real tree is lovely. It is fun to go to the tree lot to pick one out. It is enjoyable to smell the real tree in the living room. But it can be very stressful finding time to buy the tree and set up can be a real bear.
Friday night I hustled Hubby out to the only tree lot in the city. Trees were a bit more expensive that I am used to paying but, hey, we were there and we were going to get a tree! Once we got it home and Hubby grabbed it out of the truck he borrowed from work, he discovered that the tree we purchased was VERY heavy. This certainly complicated things. It also had quite a large trunk, which complicated things even more. To add to the whole situation, one of our Santa Ana winds was blowing and we had to find a place to put the tree where it could wait (and not blow away) until we found time over the weekend to set it up in the livingroom.
Saturday night Hubby laid the tree on its side so he could cut off the bottom of the trunk. He was still wondering if that big trunk would fit in our tree stand when he realized he could just pick up the stand and slip it on the trunk to see if it would fit. Brilliant! As we contemplated the heavy beast, I had another idea, inspired by his. While the tree was relaxing on the patio, why not just put the stand on it and carry tree and stand into the house together. Then, once we stood it up, we could adjust it to make it straight. Hubby agreed that seemed like a workable plan and that is what we did.
People, the process went so smoothly we both just about smacked our foreheads and said “Duh!” Twenty-seven years of setting the stand just so on the floor in the living room, and then wrestling the live tree in the door and into the stand flashed before our eyes. What a time-consuming pain! Why had we not thought of laying the tree on its side and putting the stand on it before? IT only took 27 Christmases for this idea to come to us! Oh well, I think we have many more to implement our new idea!
This is our tree from two years go, one we wrestled into place. Gosh, look at all of those presents! Less shopping has happened this year, so not quite so many under the tree in 2013.