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What an awesome solution! I've never heard of anyone cutting up their Christmas tree and using the branches like that. This winter we're unlikely to need the extra protection for the roses, but I'm definitely keeping this in mind for the future.

Valerie in San Diego

Gardening books always say it's a good idea to be in an angry mood before you prune. This seems like it'd be a *great* activity if you had some midwinter angst! "YAAAAAAA TAKE THAT, TREE!"


Love your wallpaper!


What an effective way to get rid of the tree! Poor pup looks so confused, though.


Ack! So violent! And George really does look kind of worried.....


It's a bit like the Charlie Brown tree in the last shot.


I don't know that I'd ever seen a picture of gorgeous George before.

There's something so satisfying about vigorous pruning. I've got to give our yew bushes a similar treatment soon.

Mary K. in Rockport

Ooooh, nooooooo! I used to get all sodden reading Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Fir Tree," and I still can't get rid of ours annually until it's dry almost to flash point.


There's something so nice about just a tree, maybe with lights and a star. :0) I like to leave mine up just one more day after I take all the decorations off.


wow, that's a crazy amount of work!

that is some beautiful tree though. i put up a silver tinsel tree this year, so no such pruning needs to be done.


Well, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Or remove a tree, apparently.


Superb recycling, but an awful lot of work for the tambourine-injured.


Excellent. Go right for the jugular, none of this faffing about with wrestling the whole thing out the door.....

I had never heard the "down on 12 night or bad luck to you" thing before this year. I've heard "down my 12th night or that bad boy will still be there in June"......maybe that's the bad luck.


Great recycling idea! I made the mistake one year of going one step further--I thought that the pine needles (without the branches) would make a nice mulch for my tiny tiny garden. So, I stripped a lot of the needles off and lovingly piled them up around my few prized plants. But in the spring, what a nightmare--the pine needles turned into daggers over the winter, making removing the mulch in the spring pretty painful. Keeping the needles on the branches, however, will make the removal work so much easier! :)

Ann in Nashville

Brilliant! I never thought of dismantling the tree while it's still IN THE HOUSE. I have come to sort of (SORT of) (because I might as well) (because nobody else is going to help) like that solitary day of undoing the tree--once I've overcome the week of procrastination and dread about it. The relief at having a tree-free living room is so huge.

Happy new year!

Beth S.

I can only imagine the needles on the floor when you were done! ;-)


It is a times like this that I am oh so glad I am allergic and must have a fake tree. We took the tree and all Christmas-related decorations down on New Year's Day because by that point I am sick of it all and my husband is around to help. We do wait to take the creches down until Epiphany.

That being said, I admire both your ingenuity and your resourcefulness in reusing the materials. And in having a tarp that big!


Beth took the words right out of my mouth. Those plastic bags wouldn't be much defense against the needles ..... oh, the needles.


Like christmas tree bonsai! :)


Hey! I have the same tree stand! It was an investment, but since we got it, putting up the tree has been a snap. My husband refers to it as the family heirloom; it will be handed down to generations.


You showed that tree who's boss! George is super cute. I love how you captured his "Hey, what are you doing?" expression.


Oh, handsome, adorable, confused George. So cute. We don't see enough of George, methinks.

I like this 12th night thing, it's WAY more fun than our old New Year's Day superstitions. There's more time to enjoy one's decorating efforts this way. Is this another of those North/South things, or is there a different origin to this tradition?


Now she tells me.


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