Our Christmas tree is dead. Like, pine needles falling all over the place, tree is brown, kind of dead. We bought it the day before Thanksgiving because trees in South Florida cost an arm and a leg and I’ll be damned if we don’t get our money’s worth.
So what do you do when your Christmas tree dies before Christmas? You return it, of course! Read on to find out what happened to ours as well as some other great tricks for reducing the fire hazard of a dead tree.
What to do when your Christmas tree dies before Christmas
- Return the tree and ask to swap for a new one
- Take the tree out of the stand and saw a piece off the end of the trunk
- Try drilling a hole in the side of the tree, low enough that the water covers the hole
- If you’re tree still doesn’t drink water, try reducing the fire hazard by limiting the amount of time the lights are on
- Make sure you know where your fire extinguisher is just in case!
- Be prepared to pick sweep up pine needles every day until your Christmas tree is gone
Well, you can return yours. I’m didn’t. I went back to the tree stand and complained that our tree never drank any water. I’m not kidding. It never drank any water. None. Here’s a picture of Robert in front of the dead tree. Can you see how brown it is? Ignore the fact that my son has his arm through the neck hole of his tank top. Toddlers, amiright?
I was worried it would be a fire hazard so I went back to complain. The sales lady was quick to tell me that she’d happily give us a new one, if I bring the old one back. You see, I’m not really excited about undecorating the tree, and tying it to my car. When I mentioned fire hazard, the sales lady assured me that all her trees were treated with a flame retardant spray. I’m not sure how much I trust that though. We are making sure to only keep the lights on for a little bit each day, just in case!
Lesson learned: don’t decorate your tree until you are sure it is drinking water.
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