It’s December 19 and you still don’t have a Christmas tree? Time is ticking and today just happens to be Look for an Evergreen Day. With only six days until Christmas, it’s time to bundle up and cast aside your dread of untangling strings of lights.
The majority of us agree that only a live specimen should have the honor of standing near the fireplace during the holiday season. For every uneven branch and lopsided top, a live Christmas tree is always prized for its aromatic powers.
Because live trees dry out quickly and become fire hazards, Look for an Evergreen Day is appropriately celebrated less than one week before the big day. This late date ensures festive freshness through the holidays.
Whether your preference is pine, fir or spruce, Christmas conifers are not restricted to the living room. Swags of evergreen can be draped over everything from doors, to fencing to mantels.
Decorating with evergreen stems from a pagan ritual that was initiated to add a bit of color to the drab period of winter. To that end, consider earth-friendly decorations for the exterior of your home.
A dwarf Alberta spruce planted in a large, decorative pot and topped with a festive red bow will infuse life all winter long. The spruce can be transplanted into the garden with the arrival of spring.
On this Look for an Evergreen Day gather the family and drive out to a Christmas Tree Farm or visit your local vendor. Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose but that’s all part of the fun.
On your way home, pick up a new set of untangled lights for stringing.