For the first time in 30 years of marriage, Barry could not go Christmas tree shopping. So, Brock and I set out together on December 20th. It was a cold and rainy Idaho day.
Barry and I usually examine the entire lot before selecting a Douglas Fir or a Noble Pine, but I was drawn to a tree that was tightly bundled with string. I had chosen a Nordmann Fir (Abies normanniana) and it fit my budget. I had no clue as to what would unfold. Other than being weighty, it was easy to load and haul.
Being unfamiliar with this species of tree, I looked it up. It originates from the Caucasus region of Europe. Known for its rustic appearance, it is also sturdy and long lasting.
When the string was cut, the tree bloomed into the prettiest tree I have ever had. It has ample room for my many ornaments and easily supports the heavier ones.
Two weeks later, the tree remains supple and green — enough so that I cannot take it down just yet. Honestly, I scarcely mind that Christmas lingers a bit longer. It went by too fast.
NOTE: Since it was raining and our tree was wet, I borrowed this photo from the web. It's a perfect match.