Every year we cut down a tree at a local tree farm.  Very local, as in 2 blocks away!  We love this farm and we also pick blueberries there in the summer.  This year I decided to get fancy and selected a different type of tree than what we usually get- I chose a white fir.   Due to a heavy workload this time of year, we often don’t get to bring a tree home until a week or so before Christmas.  We installed ours in the house on the 13th within an hour of cutting.

A week later, we discovered this:


I’m a bit of a fire phobic, so OUT the tree went.  I tried vacuuming up the needles and ended up spending an hour unplugging the vacuum cleaner!  So we ended up sweeping the carpet and attacking the rest with a shop vac.  Whew.  Yesterday we went searching for trees- a lot harder than I thought it would be- and our local farmer was snowed in, so I couldn’t go back to him.  We finally found a farm stand with three lonely frasier firs and brought home a little one and set it up.

24 hours later, I am glad to report that it is behaving nicely.  No needle vomit on my carpet.