As much as I have enjoyed the smell of fresh greenery in the house and the gentle glow of small, white lights, I just couldn't leave it up any more.
It's two weeks until Christmas and our tree is dry and brittle. I am paranoid about fire so it came down today. :-(
I thought I may have been too anxious and got the tree too soon, but we cut the end off and soaked the trunk in water before putting it up in hopes of prolong it's life. However, it wasn't taking up as much water as I think it should.
I'm surprised by how happy having a decorated tree has made me. So I have been thinking again about getting an artificial one. I know the aroma will not be the same, but the glow and adornment can be.
In the meantime, this one will be composting in my garden.