Can’t decide what kind of tree to get? Read this!
First of all, let me start by saying that I am a real Christmas tree advocate. Can one advocate for real Christmas trees? Because if so, that’s me. Once when I lived in Fort Worth, I stuffed a seven foot tree in my little four-door Infiniti and the tree lot salesman said, “You don’t see a lot of women here alone hauling their tree around.” Hmm. Well it was 2015 so that’s just sad. It never even occurred to me to not get a real Christmas tree! I’m German like that.
For those who don’t know, the ritual of decorating a Christmas tree began in Germany, as did many of our beloved American Christmas traditions: hanging stockings by the chimney (presumably with care!), gingerbread, hanging lights outside, advent calendars, mulled wine, Christmas markets, and of course Christmas trees. If you love Christmas, you love Germany. Around the seventeenth century, Germans started decorating their Christmas trees with red apples, gingerbread, silk ties, and candles. The Nordmann Fir is a popular Christmas tree in Germany today for many reasons.
I discovered the Nordmann Fir last year – at Lowe’s, no less! I couldn’t believe how perfectly shaped every single Nordmann was. Each one looked like it was straight out of a children’s Christmas book. Nordmann trees are known for their symmetry and beautiful foliage. They also fill the room with that classic Christmas tree scent but it’s more subtle than other Christmas tree varieties.
Most notably for those who are on the fence about the “hassle” of a real tree: the Nordmann barely drops its needles. The Nordmann stays fresh for weeks after it’s been cut. With the exception of right after I hauled the tree inside, I didn’t vacuum up needles one time all last season and I had my tree up for five or six weeks. I thought it might be a fluke, that I just happened to get the world’s freshest Christmas tree, but after researching online, I found out a characteristic of the Nordmann is that it retains its needles while drying out. If that isn’t reason enough to get one, I don’t know what is.
It never even seemed to dry out. The dark green foliage was still so soft and pretty when I dragged it to the curb after the new year. That would make it a great option for houses with kids. The tree decorating process is quite friendly with a soft tree. The way the branches grow is also great for hanging ornaments. There are some larger spots for heavier ornaments but they tend to be evenly spaced because it’s such a symmetrical tree.
I went on and on about my love of the Nordmann Fir so much that my dad, who has found a 10-12 foot Frasier Fir every year of my life, decided to get a Nordmann this year. I couldn’t believe it! That’s when I decided to write this article for you guys. If my dad could be convinced to switch trees, I thought you all might be interested to know the benefits of having a Nordmann. I found a beauty this year that’s hanging out in my backyard in a bucket. Real trees guzzle water the first few days that they’re cut so I leave mine on my patio in a large bucket full of water the first weekend so I’m not filling up my tree stand every other hour. I can’t wait to show you guys this year’s tree!
Comment and tell me what kind of tree your family loves!