May the Holidays Bring You Joy and the New Year Every Blessing
December 12, 2013
Winter is finally here and the Holiday season is settling right into this calendar year as if it had never left! Tis’ the time of the year that allows friends, families, and Scrooges alike to get together and squeeze as many traditions as possible into these few months.
There is one tradition that stands out to us during this Holiday season; one that seems highly anticipated by its celebrators - trekking into the forest, getting a good grip on the saw, and cutting down a fresh, local Christmas tree. To some, this tradition is one that seems an every day task, and in its simplicity, people couldn’t imagine attaining their tree any other way. To others, the tradition lends itself to a full day of grandma’s knit Christmas sweaters, mom sneaking some brandy into the thermos of eggnog, lots of posed photos for this year’s Christmas card, and perhaps some friendly competition with that saw (the tree has to come down some how, so it might as well be with YOUR final go at it, right?!
Whatever the case may be, it sure feels good to know that you’ve worked for something that will bring any house happiness during the Holiday season and not to mention that sought-after, fresh pine aroma that comes with your hard work! Needless to say, the car air freshener imposters will be envious.
So, the tree has a clean cut along the trunk and is ready to be carefully placed in the room of your choice, but wait! We certainly can’t forget the one item of upmost importance when housing a fresh new Christmas tree…WATER. Not only essential for the tree to grow outdoors, but also necessary for your tree to stay fresh, and healthy for the duration of the season. Scientists advise placing your freshly cut tree in water within six to eight hours after the trunk has been cut, allowing the tree to absorb its daily intake of water. Trees typically use as much as one gallon of water per day depending on the trunk’s diameter (1 quart of water per inch.) In essence, a tree that stands six feet tall with a trunk measuring about four inches will need a stand that holds at least one gallon of water. Another detail to look out for when purchasing a stand for your tree is how much water the tree is submerged in while on the stand. The deeper the stand, the more water will be exposed to your tree’s trunk and the less often you will have to fill up the water. The water level should be checked daily at least once, and filled as necessary.
A popular question when filling up the tree stand with water is, “what should I add to the water to help keep the tree as beautiful and fresh as I can?” The answer, nothing. Reports have proven that trees with just tap water in their stands, as opposed to additives like 7UP, bleach, or sugar, remain just as healthy, if not healthier. So, keep it simple and keep it hydrated.
All this talk of tradition has got us thinking about starting new ones with family and friends. Just as our plant life needs water, those less fortunate members of our local and broader communities need water too. The gift of water, so essential to life, can be given to help change lives. With so many extraordinary organizations providing funds and services to help get water to people around the world, it makes it so easy to get involved!
Check out the list of charities below if you are interested and cheers to a wonderful Holiday season!
May Your Holidays Be Filled with Laughter & Love!