Honestly, the tree did not look this big out in the field. It’s an eastern red cedar, cut from a poor corner of pasture about 300 yards from the house. The full, bushy side of the growing tree faced southwest and benefitted from the bountiful sunshine such a view offers. The backside faced deep woods, and it wasn’t so pretty. It was thin and kind of flat in profile, which is a handy thing when you want to put the Christmas tree against the wall. The major drawback is the bushy side is much heavier than the flat side — not such a problem for a growing tree with a good root system to hold it in place. In the living room, it’s a different matter. I got up the morning after to find the tree tipped over. (We suspect a certain brindle-colored cat of climbing the tree and exacerbating an already unsteady situation.) My daughter, being a practical sort, suggested we anchor the legs of the tree stand with sandbags. They’re 70 pounds each, and they’re hidden under the tree skirt.

The minor drawback of choosing one of the native trees growing out back is the branches don’t support some of our favorite ornaments — at least not out on the tips where you can see them. We had to make do with lots of ribbon, bows, and the lighter ornaments we’ve accummulated through the years — those that were still presentable. (The crocheted lace snowflakes have had too many adventures with the cats.) Since I love the smell of fresh cedar in the house during the holidays and there’s a surplus of those trees around here, I expect we’ll have cedar indoors again. We’ve already planned some of next year’s ornaments . I’ll knit some cute little Christmas stockings, and some tiny mittons to hang on the tree. And at least one set of these adorable tiny sweaters here on the Berroco site. Seriously, you have to check them out.