The fire is slowly dying…

by statia on December 16, 2004

I came home yesterday and noticed our tree looked a little…. sparse.

Ever since I’ve moved out on my own, about 9 years ago for those playing along at home, I’ve had a live Christmas tree. Growing up with an artificial one, I kind of made a pact to myself, to never have an artificial tree again. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them. They have some really beautiful ones out there, but me, I like tradition, and I like the tradition of the family tree outing every year. Picking out my own tree, setting it up, cursing because it won’t stand up in the stand properly, sawing off branches until your fingers are stumps and your knuckles are bleeding. Just like Clark W. Griswold.

But I’m getting way ahead of myself.

In the whole time that I’ve had a real tree, I’ve never had a problem of it losing needles early, or feeling dried out. This in and of itself is a small miracle because honestly, I can kill plastic plants. I have a brown thumb, but keeping a Christmas tree moist and alive has never been a problem for me. The stand ihas plenty of water, and yet the branches are drying out. I don’t get it. Maybe the air is different out here? I mean, winter in PA has always been dry, yet it’s never a problem. I’m kind of worried that our first tree is going to look like Charlie Brown’s Christmas by Christmas Day. It’s kind of depressing.

Anyone out there know how we can at least preserve the tree as it is or get it kind of less dry?


buddha December 16, 2004 at 8:33 am



The Meeeeester December 16, 2004 at 8:33 am

I think that we should start by closing the vent over head…err…over star. We may be cooking it and not even knowing it.

Ms. Pants December 16, 2004 at 8:36 am

Add a packet of sugar to the water.

Pete December 16, 2004 at 8:37 am

You could drill a hole in the base. That’ll let water get up in the naughty tree parts. You’d have to take the whole thing down for that, though, unless you’re strong enough to lift it.

And, yeah, the vent above it could be contributing to it’s early demise.

Deltus December 16, 2004 at 8:57 am

Put a little butter on it…

Helen December 16, 2004 at 9:20 am

Dunno’ babe. I do know that they sure smell pretty when cut up and stuffed in the fireplace, if you don’t mind the sparking.

Laugh if you want, but this year I saw a white fiber-optic tree a la 80′s, and I wanted it. It took cheesy to a newer, higher level of goodness. Course I lost that one, but still…

Empress December 16, 2004 at 9:34 am

The sugar idea is a good one. It helps produce the cellulose in the tree, or something like that!

tricia December 16, 2004 at 9:36 am

They actually sell tree perservs, you add it in to the water. We use it every year and it works great. I’d go look at it in walmart or maybe home depot.

karmajenn December 16, 2004 at 10:07 am

Sorry…I lost you after the word moist.

fleecey December 16, 2004 at 10:34 am

my mother mixes corn syrup or sugar in with the water and sometimes a little bit of bleach. just a capfull. i actually am not sure what the bleach does exactly, but my folks’ christmas tree always looks fantastic.

kat December 16, 2004 at 10:55 am

Lots of water and keep the Gman away from it. Pets drink teh water from teh base and this dries out teh tree. Also, wehn not at home during the day, turn your heat down. The higher the heat, teh more water the tree needs.

Ms. Pants December 16, 2004 at 11:06 am

And next year, get plastic.

sphinx December 16, 2004 at 2:46 pm

You could hump it?

Sara December 16, 2004 at 3:39 pm

The bleach keeps mold from growing or something like that. I did a google a while back because I’ve heard of using sugar and there’s this whole concoction of grocery store chemicals/”products” that is a common recipe for keeping xmas trees from drying out and becoming flammable.

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