We had decided that this year we would be unable to mail order our Christmas tree from a northern tree farm. The costs for both the tree and the shipping would have been $85-90, which is way out of our budget, but we still wanted to have a live tree.
Our idea was to go to a local church that sells trees every year as a fundraiser. They order one load of trees each year and when they are sold, they close down the lot. I drive by their lot on the way to DD's school. On Monday I was surprised to see that they had completely sold out of trees on the first weekend of December. Oops.
My next idea was to go to Lowe's hardware to see what they had. They receive new shipments of trees on a regular basis, so I reasoned that the trees would be fresh. They had two types of fir trees, Douglas and Fraser, from 4' to 7' tall. We chose a 6' tree, which was fresh, with moist, flexible needles and branches. We thought that the cost would be similar to the tree lots; probably around $35-40.
Surprise! Our bill was $21.28!
Now I was going to show you a picture of the tree, but I can't find my camera. DH and DD are spending the weekend at Disney, so I think they may have packed it. I also had photos for a Christmas craft, so that post will need to wait until next week. I will photograph our tree after it is decorated and share it with you.