When Do You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?

When I had kids, one of the most important things for me to do was start family traditions.  I wanted my kids to not really remember what they got at Christmas, but what they DID at Christmas time.  One of my most favorite family traditions is putting up our Christmas tree.  For years we had a fake tree…until it took a fall down the basement stairs and really didn’t go back together the way it should (READ:  it was so lopsided that we used it for another year, but had to secure it to the wall just so one side would stay up).  So obviously we couldn’t use that tree again!

For the last few years we’ve gotten a live tree.  The kids always had a good time running through the lot looking for the perfect tree.  Only to them, it was either the tree that cost a ridiculous amount because it was a  blueish color or it looked like something Charlie Brown took home.  In fact, one year our tree was so weird looking that every time anyone looked at it, they laughed.  Last year my husband insisted the size of the tree wasn’t too big…it was like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in our house when those branches opened up!  Thank goodness it wasn’t too close to the window!!

This year I decided to try something different.  Rather than purchase a new fake tree or pick out a live one, we decided to try put up a 6 foot cardboard tree.  Now don’t laugh.  There are many benefits to a cardboard tree.

  • It doesn’t take up a lot of space.
  • You can store it easily after Christmas…it can fit under a bed, in a closet, behind a couch…the possibilities are endless!
  • The kids can add the cardboard ornaments without yelling that the tree is too “pokey”.
  • You don’t have to water it on a daily basis or sweep up the needles that fall off because you forgot to water it.
  • If you have small children, you don’t have to worry about ornaments breaking.

Boutique Cascades

You may be wondering why there are TWO stars on top of the tree.  Well…Bella decided that since we had two, we had to put both on the tree.  And she thinks it looks “FABULOUS”!  The Massimo Cardboard Christmas Tree from Boutique Cascades was very easy to put together and it came with cardboard ornaments and LED lights to decorate it with.  We had the tree put together and decorated in less than an hour.  Some of the ornaments were a little difficult to put on the tree and they would fall off.  But all in all it was pretty easy to do.  One piece of advice…put the lights on first.  The directions tell you to do it second, but I would totally do it first.

Here’s a little about Boutique Cascades:

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, markets and converts packaging products and tissue paper, composed mainly of recycled fibres.  Cascades employs close to 11,000 women and men who work in approximately 100 modern and flexible operating units located in North America and in Europe.

Cascades’ management philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling and its continuous efforts in research and development are strengths which enable the company to create new and innovative products for its customers. The Cascades shares trade on the Toronto Stock Market under the ticker symbol CAS.

For more detailed information, please visit our Web site at www.cascades.com.

My experience with Boutique Cascades has been really great.  When the Christmas tree arrived on my doorstep, the box was open and the Christmas tree spray had spilled in the box.  I immediately contacted my rep with the company and she sent another one back out to me.  That is really great customer service!  This shipped during the time Hurricane Sandy was happening and while we don’t get hurricane’s where I live, the weather was still pretty bad.  Regardless, I was taken care of and now have a Christmas tree in perfect condition.  So you can definitely order and have peace of mind.

So…do I have my Christmas tree up too early?  When do you put yours up?

Please leave me a comment and tell me about your holiday traditions.  Also, when and what kind of Christmas tree do you put up!!

*I received the Massimo Cardboard Christmas tree to review.  All stories and opinions are solely my own.

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