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“No Sugar, No 7-Up, Just Plain Water: A Quest for the Perfect Christmas Tree”

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We have a place that we go to every year on the highway. It is a place where burly Canadians come and display their Christmas trees. I look forward to finding that perfect tree… it’s a bit of a treasure hunt. Everyone has their own style. I look for nice balance and proportions, a little bushiness, and good height. But my mom is completely different. She likes those really sparse trees with fewer branches that almost look like a piece of abstract art.

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After one year with an art deco tree, the rest of us rioted and so we went back to the old way.

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We usually look at a lot of trees. We like to be thorough.

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The Canadian guys lift a lot of trees for us. But they don’t seem to mind. We’re regulars.

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Sometimes, if you stand pensively, it may just come to you…

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Or if you stand looking perturbed it might also…

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Or the jolly Canadian might just point you in the right direction.

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…and solve all your problems in one lift of a tree.

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See?! His enthusiasm is infectious. How can you not like this tree?

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He is beginning to win Gordon over… his quizzical expression is just beginning to soften.

(Pardon me while I change the white balance on my camera…)

OK, where was I…

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M & G did a very careful inspection of this big tree. It was very big. Maybe 12 feet.

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But we went for it.

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The jolly Canadian got out his measuring tools.

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…made a fresh cut, and then did this rodeo thing on the tree…

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…maybe it’s a Canadian thing but he enjoyed himself.

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“Do we water it right away? Do we add anything to the water?” we asked.

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And he replied, “No sugar, no 7-Up, just plain water!”

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I concluded that Canadians might be the jolliest fellows I have ever met.

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And so we brought her home, this big tree of ours, gave her just plain water, twisted her around a bit…

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And here she stands, waiting for a good tree trimming party to dress her.

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