Growing up, we had an artificial Christmas tree because of the rest of the family’s allergies. So when I married into a family who only trekked into the woods Clark Griswold style with a dull saw to cut down a tree, it was a bit like culture shock. I was ecstatic to participate in such a Normal Rockwell event every year, but also felt incredible guilt cutting down a perfectly good tree and then putting it in my living room to watch it die. And then spend the next seven months of the new year vacuuming pine needles out of carpet.
After a few years of this, I asked Chris if we could find a balled tree, an eco-friendly option, at the Christmas tree farm. So while his parents wandered off to find their tree, we picked out a short, squat beauty right at the front of the tree farm, burlap ball and all. The thing weighed a ton. But I rode home, happy, knowing I saved a tree’s life.
Fast forward six weeks. Christmas was over, and reality had sunk in. Someone hadn’t done her research. Number 1: Balled trees can only be indoors for a very short time before they get too stressed and die. So our happy little tree spent most of that season on our front porch. When it was in our living room, I stressed over it. “It’s losing needles!” I’d shriek all paranoid, grabbing the hand truck and looking at Chris expectantly.
He sighed, but then moved the tree to the backyard. Number 2: you need to dig a hole for your root ball Christmas tree before the ground freezes. It was an extremely cold month, and our shovel broke, and…I think I’ll stop there. You get the picture.
Number 3: if you haven’t dug a hole before winter, and your root ball tree just teeters halfway out of the frozen ground for all of winter, it’s going to die, making getting a balled tree in the first place a moot point. (Killing the eco-friendly tree causes more guilt than chopping down one, I learned.)
SO. Enter the pallet tree. Recycled wood. No need to worry about dropped needles on the floor. Easy set up. No need for your husband to tackle the frozen ground after Christmas. Low maintenance if you’ll be traveling to see your family over the holidays. You won’t have to worry about that battery-operated watering stick screaming out at you incessantly as you walk in the door, “Hey! I’m thirsty! Can’t I have some water?” (Yes, ours does that, and still freaks me out every year. Especially when it goes off at night.) And endless options for decorating.
There are a few different styles by Nature Calls this Christmas season.
Pallet tree with black walnut stand (you can decorate it as you want with garland, ornaments, etc.) Large – 45″ inches tall by 35″ wide:
Pallet tree with black walnut stand and card holders (large – 43″ tall by 33″ wide) :
Pallet tree with mini ornaments or jingle bells (small – 20″ tall by 12″ wide):
Limited inventory. Place your order now! Each pallet tree can be customized (large tree with bells, small tree with card holder, etc.).
Small trees: $18
Large trees without card holders, ornaments or bells: $35
Large trees with card holders, ornaments and/or bells: $45