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Local is Better: Tips for Selecting the Perfect Christmas Tree

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Local is Better: Tips for Selecting the Perfect Christmas Tree

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

 

Living on the Central Coast in California makes the Winter holidays a little different than what we grew up with. Gone are the days of waking up to freshly fallen snow and temperatures near freezing.

Our holiday season kicks off with a family Thanksgiving full of homemade food, family and friends. The day after we dress in our favorite plaids, drive to our neighborhood tree farm and search for the perfect Christmas tree. We believe in supporting local businesses and prefer to purchase a tree that has been locally grown. Not only is it great to keep money in the local community, but the tree also last so much longer!

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After walking through row after row of trees, we found a beautiful Monterey Pine for our little home. Every year the tree gets a little bigger and a bit better. We are getting kind of good at this, especially Landon.

 

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If you like our style or need any gear for your tree adventure you can check our Amazon Idea List 

 

 

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessing all the snow in Alaska won’t make it white” -Bing Crosby

 

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Tips for Picking the Perfect  Christmas Tree: 

  • Like good carpenters: measure twice, buy once. Make sure you know the ideal height of the tree that will fit in your home. Measure the height to your ceiling and make sure you account for the star and add the height of your stand. 
  • Buy local: get a live one if you can (or at least a not-so-dead one). Ask where the trees are from and how long ago they were cut. 
  • Once at the lot, picking the right tree is like picking fresh fruit: you should smell and touch.
  • Test the branches. Grab any part on the tree between your thumb and forefinger, gently and pull towards yourself. If you end up with a handful of needles, the tree is already past its prime.
  • Crush the needles in your hand it should smell like fresh pine.
  • Shake the tree a little. If the exterior needles fall off, it’s a sure sign of an old tree. Needles that fall off from the interior of the tree are OK.
  • Make sure the trunk diameter will fit in your tree stand. 
  • Once home make a fresh cut using a hand saw (the Gerber Freescape Camp Saw is great and folds up small). Creating a new cut at the end of the trunk is critical. It allows the tree to drink and deliver water to the branches. 
  • Keep your beautiful tree watered. Check water level daily.

 

If you like our style or need any gear for your tree adventure you can check our Amazon Idea List 

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If you like our style or need any gear for your tree adventure you can check our Amazon Idea List 

 

 

-Enjoy, The Gilmans

 

For us, the Christmas tree is a symbol of love, family, and giving. There’s a majestic splendor the tree radiates when it’s aglow. This exceeds what all the money in the world could buy. – The Gilman’s