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People who don't believe in miracles... by mrsthing on 11 February 2008 12:14am
 
...never tried to vacuum up Christmas tree needles! We finally got rid of our tree today. It was nothing more than a dead stick, so the needles just popped off as we removed the lights and dragged it out the door. There were so many I was afraid they'd clog the vacuum cleaner, so I swept first, then vacuumed. I'd no more than get one part of the floor clean, than I'd turn around and find more needles there! I picked them out of the bristles, brushed them off the soles of my sneakers, swept them off the coffee table and out of corners, etc. Then I came back and found STILL MORE! I even found one suspended in a spider web a meter off the floor between our piano and the wall. I finally gave up. But there has to be a reason they keep multiplying.
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by elina on 15 February 2008 6:31pm
 
I know exactly what you mean, Judy. They are monstrous! And you still find them from the corners in summer!

Our trees don't drop needles so much anymore because we don't give the tree any water. That keeps the needles in the tree where they are suppose to be. Mind you, our cat loves to eat them :)
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by johnnythemonkey on 15 February 2008 7:13pm
 
Judy, why on earth did you still have a Christmas tree around in February ?
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by Spursfan on 15 February 2008 7:49pm
 
If I had my way we'd have them all year round!!

But boy - doesn't the room look big when you take the tree out!!

As Johnny says - Judy, why on earth did you still have a Christmas tree around in February ?
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by mrsthing on 15 February 2008 11:12pm
 
I always keep the tree up until I get tired of it. I got tired of it around the end of January. The colored lights were so pretty, and with no snow, it was a beacon of joy and hope amid the gloom. Until I got tired of it, at least. I needed help getting the lights off because it was 9 feet high and about 6 feet wide and I couldn't get close enough to the top, even with a ladder. It took my husband two weeks to get his act together.

My tree had turned into a stick because I stopped watering it about a week before I planned to take it down, so the stand would be empty. But not watering our trees makes them drop their needles. We use firs for Christmas trees in the northeast US. What kind of trees do you have, Elina, that keep their needles when they're not watered? I'd LOVE to have one of those!
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by sighthound on 15 February 2008 11:24pm
 
I refer to Christmas as "The Great Tree Slaughter" and always buy live trees which I either plant outside or keep in a pot for the next year. My current one has been my Christmas Tree for three years now but has gotten too big to keep in a pot so he'll be going into the ground soon. Around here, there is almost no difference in price between small trees in pots and the dead ones.
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by tucsonmike on 16 February 2008 12:12am
 
How could I NOT believe in miracles? I am a Red Sox fan! Judy will understand.
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by Lounge Trekker on 16 February 2008 12:15am
 
I gotta agree with Geraldine about using a live tree. I have fifty trees in my yard and none of them are dead.

My burn pile, soon to be compost or hauled away by city waste disposal (more work than a fire), is eight feet high and 20 feet across every year! Trees are everywhere here, the last thing I need is more branches or dead trees to deal with.

Pete
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by elina on 16 February 2008 8:00am
 
Finnish trees, good quality :) I don't know, my grandmother has a tree every Christmas and she gives it water and it drop needles. We have never given water to ours and they only drop needles when we bring the tree in or carry it out.

I'll send you one for next Christmas, Judy! :D
 
Re: People who don't believe in miracles... by kazzzz on 16 February 2008 9:18am
 
I've had blue tinsel along my front porch for two years now...it's shedding a bit too.
 
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