Monday, December 15, 2008

Blue Monday - Florida Christmas Trees

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I'll bet that some of you did not know that my state has Christmas tree farms. Well, we do! Here's a map showing all the locations. I live where the lowest tree on the right is located. (Notice the blue in the background.)

I sheepishly admit to having a fake tree; several years ago, Johnny put his foot down and declared that he was "NOT" (Johnny yells when he puts his foot down!) going to do "ALL OF THIS HEAVY, STICKY WORK EVER AGAIN!" That year, after Christmas, we bought our first artificial Christmas tree, and we've had one ever since. Although I have never been to a tree farm and have never cut my own tree, this is how I used to get my Christmas trees. I bought them already cut. See the pretty blue?

Breathe deeply and maybe you'll be able to still smell the wonderful scent of fresh trees. Then again, you probably can already do that since you have a fresh tree in your homes! (sigh)

There were some really nice shaped trees, good sizes too.

They even flock the trees in the back. I never have had a flocked tree. It's supposed to look like snow, and frankly, I've never missed snow.

This worker wanted us to take a picture of the back of his shirt so that the church would get credit. This is not our church, but it is close by our home. Each year I love to look at that blue striped tent.

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Anonymous said...

I have a fake tree in the condo for the first time this year :0)
That's cute that the worker turned his back for the photo!! have a great week Sally!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Sally
I must get to bed. Have been waiting for you. Long day today but tons of fun with cousins.
I would love to go and pick out a beautiful tree where you live Sally.
Happy Blue Monday

Anonymous said...

Christmas Tree farms in Florida!? Who would of thunk! Love it!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sally, my husband got tired of all the pine needles from a real tree and wanted a fake Christmas Tree too so I fell for it. Last year I couldn't stand not having a real one, I missed the smell of pine in the air so I went by myself in his truck and bought one! Then when Christmas was over with, I complained about all the pine needles in the rug!LOL
So I bought a candle this year of a Christmas tree smell!

Baba said...

Hi Sally, I love the smell of a real Christmas tree!!! I have used both types of trees and this year I got a small real tree, but it doesn't smell good like a big tree..I will have to enjoy the bigger trees when we go to our daughter's house for Christmas!!!

It seems like Florida would get too hot to grow Christmas trees!!I have never gone out and cut down a fresh tree..they would smell great!!

Have a fun Blue Monday.. Hugs, Baba

Coloradolady said...

I don't have a real tree here, I have an artificial. I bought a bouquet of pine cuttings and have them in a vase for the smell of pine. Have a great day.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, loved the trees and the guy's blue shirt! :-)

Did you notice that I spelled my own name wrong??? Long day.


Sheila... who will visit everyone tomorrow! I always do! :-)

Anonymous said...

Having had a live tree fall on me twice in the same day, I've since feared live trees. However, last artifical tree fell on apparently it matters not whether the tree is real or not..the ornaments crash and break all the same...yet..the live trees makes the bigger clean-up. :)
Happy Blue Monday Sally and have a lovely day.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sal..
I Have a fake tree with lights already on them lol. I just did not like dealing with putting on lights and needles, and water, and that how you spell aspirns lol. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your heart with me, I love seeing your smiling face!!

Hugz Lorie

artis1111 said...

I use to buy live trees and have them flocked. They are so prettttty. Kathy

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

We too have a fake tree, always have and probably always will…cheaper, “greener”, safer and less mess….Happy Blue Monday!

Heidi Jo the Artist
My Etsy Shop!
My Creative Blog!

Darlene said...

We have had an artificial for many years now. I used to love to go find "just the right tree"! The smell in your home from a real tree is wonderful too. We just got too scared of the fire danger with a real tree. Hope you have a wonderful Monday. It is cold here with our high's only getting in the 30's today....brrrr

Dawn said...

We used to go buy a tree every year, but it was getting expensive! I liked the $50 trees!! Finally I broke down and bought a prelit artifical tree and I love it! :)

I've never been to a tree farm. It does sound kind of quaint!

take care,

Jinx said...

Hi Sally! Thanks for inviting me to join the fun!

Anonymous said...

We have an artifical tree also, in fact it is a fiber optic. My OCD kicked in when I went shopping for a tree, so it's just easier for me to know what it is going to look like. LOL


Anonymous said...

Morning, Sally!! Oh,I do love the smell of fresh trees, but they're too much trouble! The needles, the drooping limbs, broken ornaments, pet hazards! So for the last 30 years we been artificial all the way! lol
I'm up and linked now. You must be an hour ahead of us in time. We get up at 6am but I'm not usually able to get on my puter until around 7am.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Grandma Faith said...

I enjoyed your Christmas tree post and the comments your visitors made. It seems artificial trees are very popular. Have a great day! Love, Faith

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh I love the smell of pine.... Doesn't that blue and white tent look so pretty.....


Unknown said...

I've never had a flocked tree either, but I switched to artificial 3 years ago. I got a pre-lit tree for $25.00 on a Black Friday sale, and I LOVE it!

Neabear said...

I usually manage to get the link correct with it going only to my Blue Monday post. Somehow I messed up today. Probably did not copy the whole URL when I pasted it in your linky place. I bet I am missing the .html part and that is why it can't find the page. Oh well, live and learn. I will always be extra careful now when I do the copy part to make sure I have the whole URL to a particular post. Oh, I have a fake prelit tree this year. A small one. Happy Blue Monday.

The Muse said...

Love the real trees! We tend to use both real and artificial, and we plant out live tree after the New Year (we get a potted one rather than cut).

How can one beat that aroma? :)

Nice pics...I can just smell the pine now!

Anonymous said...

We used to get ours at a tree farm when we lived in GA, but here we just go to a lot. None of them have a tent cover, though -- that's a good idea! We've thought about getting an artificial one but haven't so far.

Anonymous said...

What a pretty tent. I love real trees but we have had artiicial ones for the past 18 years. We're on our 3rd tree. We bought the one we have now about 5 years ago. I just HAD to have a prelit one. Hubby reminds me of this every year when we put it back up and we have to figure out why some of the lights aren't burning. This year about half of the 1200 lights didn't come on. He, with a little help from me, worked for hours trying to get them to come on. He finally got many of them burning again, but we ended up having to put 3 extra strings of lights on it to fill in the dark gaps. I'm about ready to go back to real trees.
Happy Blue Mondlay.

squawmama said...

Sally you’re not alone in that department... We had real trees for most of our marriage but after the kids moved out we thought why not... Today’s artificial trees look so real... Just spray a little pine sol and you have the real thing...LOL LOL... Loved your post today...


Knitty said...

My husband is probably bringing a real home tonight. They do smell nice, but I could do without the mess. A real tree means a lot to him though, so I don't complain. Much. ;)

Anonymous said...

I noticed your permalink rule after I had linked. I'll do it right next time. If you want, you can delete this one and I'll add it right. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi. It's me again. I did the perma-link thing. You can delete #23. Thanks.

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

I too just did the permalink, so you can delete #12 on Mr. Linky. Thanks for the heads up! Have a great day!

Heidi Jo the Artist
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My Creative Blog!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I really like a live tree, but they are just too messy !

Shirl said...

Hello, thank you so much for stopping by. I am planning to join your blue monday after christmas. I love real tree's the scent in wonderful! We have a tree farm here in WV. We planted it when we moved in 18 years ago.
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Cathy said...

Sally, I've been using little artificial trees for years. They are just way too much easier. One of those large trees in your pictures looked like it could be a blue tree, very pretty.

Unknown said...

Hello. My first entry ever. I saw your blog featured at Mojo's and I had a photo in mind. It was fun. Thank you!

Unknown said...


Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Sally, I can smell the pine. I honestly didn't know they sold real trees in Flordia. It's true what they say. You learn something new every day. We have an artificial tree too. I remember the wonderful days growing up when we had a real tree though. I don't think there is any thing quite like the real thing.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I have no idea what a permalink is! Do I need to post the link to my blog? I put it on Mr. Linky, and he's not here???

Here's the address to this post...

I will come back later to check everyone's, but who has posts???

Sorry to sound so dumb, but I'm new to all of this...


Sheila :-)

Killlashandra said...

Well you're right, I never knew Florida had christmas tree farms. However, there is something wonderful about the smell of freshly cut pine trees that's for sure. However, I have to admit, we have a fake tree this year too. Our pellet stove just dries the live ones out too fast.

Missy Wertz said...

B/C of our allergies, we have a fake tree. I do enjoy the smell of a real one. Happy Blue Monday!

Salmagundi said...

Fun post! I, also, pine (get it?) for a real tree; but it isn't going to happen. We have allergic people here. A fake tree is better than sick people at Christmas. Sally

Lorrie said...

Love the tour of the tree lot--the smell of fresh-cut pine is heavenly. I had no idea there were tree farms in FL.

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Sally, The song Blue Christmas always reminds me of the year my Mom & I were decorating the tree and it fell over on me - yikes! So every time I hear that song the memory comes flooding back! I guess I didn't realize that you lived so down south in Florida. My uncle used to have a tree lot here in St. Paul. My favorites were the flocked trees. Growing up we used to have the old color wheel. Now we have an artificial pre-lit tree. Thank goodness for Jacob - he keeps it lit! Hope you are having a Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

nikkicrumpet said...

I am surprised that you have Christmas tree farms there! I had a flocked tree for years and loved them...the flocking keeps the needles from falling off lol...much less messy!

Anonymous said...

And some of those threes under the blue striped tent may be blue spruce.

Kathy b

bj said...

booo hooo, i am so sorry to have missed Blue Monday but, hopefully, I can do it NEXT time...
We use an artifical tree, too, Sally. I love the real ones, but they are indeed messy, sticky, and DRY DRY DRY by Christmas Eve. I just love our little tiny trouble to take down or put up, no trouble in storing, no cussing when things don't go right....hee hee...
love, bj

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