So I couldn't possibly feel right with myself or the world if I did not dedicate a whole post to our faithful little Christmas tree. You see, Brad and I knew that we would be going home for Christmas but both of us are Christmas junkies and couldn't stand the thought of not having our very own Christmas tree. So right before we went home, we decided to pick this little beauty up from the side of the local grocery store and give it a nice little home. Mind you this was like a week before Christmas and the tree probably had been cut down in like mid July because it would seem that most Christmas tree harvesters think that the tree needs to be good and dry before you ever even get the chance to put it up, and further dehydrate the poor thing. But anyway, I digress from the story. So this little tree came to reside in our home and we dried some oranges and made ornaments out of them and budgeted in some cute little Christmas lights and some candy canes. We even had a couple or ornaments from our wedding that we adorned our fine little tree with. Brad had to put me on a Christmas decorating budget because he was the only one with good enough sense to know that the two of us would end up buying out the stores of all Christmas decor and would have to probably eat the stockings and tree skirt in a stew in order to survive the next few months. But anyway, this tree not only lasted until we got back from our Christmas vacation in Montana, but continued to survive until about the beginning or middle of March with little to no watering. We kept waiting for the tree to get crispy enough that we didn't feel bad about throwing it out, and it kept lasting and lasting. We honestly considered making Easter decorations for it. Finally we decided enough was enough and even though the bottom of the tree was still supple and fresh, the top was getting a little crispy and we really wanted to use (for the first time) the coat closet that the tree was hiding.
Here is the beloved tree. Now you really can't see any candy canes on it but it could be the picture or more than likely I had eaten them all at this point. One of my Christmas weaknesses.
The day we finally took the tree out. We hadn't watered it for like a month or two and as you can see, it really doesn't look as bad as you would have thought.
We got the funniest look from one of the other tenants when she saw us taking out our Christmas tree in March. We almost felt like we needed to apologize to her for having a tree so late into the year.