In early December when it is time to decorate for Christmas there is always so much excitement. For a few weeks we enjoy bright lights, colorful decorations and sparkly flourish that fills the house.
But after Christmas the question comes, when do we "take down" Christmas. In our case the tree decided this for us.
You see Alaskan trees that are cut from the wild are just black spruce and frozen solid when cut. Thus they soak up NO water during their time inside and are indeed dead trees from day one. So even though we had the tree up high where the kids couldn't reach it we still heard the needles falling all day, every day. The day after Christmas it was time for it to come down.
Due to the extensive needle clean up that was involved, Josh and I decided to just take turns cleaning the tree and keeping the kiddos out of the clean up process. As sad as it is to pack up Christmas we are ready for the fresh start that the new year brings, the fresh feeling that anything is possible.