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Our Vintage Christmas Tree
A couple of years ago, we decided that instead of cutting down a tree at a farm as we normally do, we were going to take advantage of the huge field by our street that is eventually going to be developed. We figured if it didn't work, we could still always visit the Christmas tree farm. But if it does happen, we just saved about $50!
My husband grabbed his saw and gloves, and we headed out to find our perfect Christmas tree.
Cutting Down Our Tree & Bringing It Home
After the tree is cut, we dragged it back to the house. We tried to shake it out the best we could, but it didn't really matter. Once we got it inside, the realization of how the outdoors makes everything look so much smaller came over us. The tree was huge!!
We had to shape it with cutting shears but tried to keep that natural look to it as much as possible. It took up half of our great room! The next year was better, because we learned from this first experience. This will be our third year, and I think we've decided to do it again. I'm really hoping they don't develop that field for awhile; we might as well use as many trees as possible before they clear them all out anyways.
I love how our tree turned out, and we ended up saving that $50. I don't know how easily accessible a place would be for you to get a tree without getting in trouble, but if you can, I think it's worth it. We've had such a good experience with it, and the boys definitely have a unique story to share.
Even if you can't get your Christmas tree for free, there are other ways to save on decorations. Look around at other things in nature. Holly branches are great to display. And I'm sure you could find awesome ideas on Pinterest for other ways to use what you have around you. Even the clippings from your Christmas tree can be used in other decorations.
Feel free to share ways that you have saved money on decorations for Christmas in the comments.
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