We bought our beautiful, real tree back on the weekend after Thanksgiving and kept it up until today. Believe it or not, we never got a family picture on Christmas or with our tree before last night. Before we took it down, I wanted to be sure to get a nice picture of the four of us.
The tree was as dry as dry can be and we couldn't even turn the lights on because we didn't want to risk the heat from them and the super dry branches. We turned them on for the picture, then while we were out and Mom and Dad were watching the boys, Mom took down the ornaments. Today Dad and I took the thousands of lights off and brought the tree outside. There were pine needles everywhere!! It still smelled so good though!