We will never have a bigger Christmas tree, Ever
December 7, 2012 by Crystal Rayne
Everyday dose of Reality
It is the truth, we wont ever have a Christmas tree that is bigger than this years. We have topped out, hit the ceiling, and finally reached Macgyvers goal. Every year he tries to go bigger and better. This year was his year. After the kids got home from school we loaded up in the truck with the trailer attached and headed off to High Plains Tree Farm in Grand Rapids Minnesota. They have the best trees around not to mention Greg, who is a loveable guy. For 80 bucks you too can have a gigantic tree. Greg is always happy to see us each year but this year I think we sort of shocked him. We all asked where his biggest tree was and he pointed, Macgyver cut and drug that baby up on the trailer.
Now, when it comes to tree stands we do NOT mess around. If you want a tree stand that will last and I do mean hold a Christmas tree, there is only one stand you should ever get. Grinnen’s Last Stand, and they mean it! If this stand can hold our monsters than it can hold any tree.
This year our tree is 21 feet tall, and roughly 800 pounds. What could go wrong? Here is how we do it.
First, you have to tie a heavy duty rope to the fire system and test to make sure it will hold some weight.
Next you have to let the kids try. Why? Well because they are kids and like to climb and swing.
First before the kids can try to climb the wall, the concerned furry protectors have to make sure everything is sound.
Once everything is Orthos approved, the children can climb the wall. The rope is to help hoist the tree up into a standing position and later will be tied off to hold and stabilize the tree.
Next, you have to remove the center metal section of the double doors. Double doors are extremely important with a big Christmas tree.
Center section removed, Buck guarding the door while we go get the tree from the truck.
This is where I tell Macgyver to take off the bottom bows and trim the trunk of the tree straight.
Orthos smells the tree and then takes a leak on the tires to prove he is boss of the tree.
Have tree stand ready and in place. Grinnen’s Last Stand is THE only way to go. Also, this is the only stand we have ever found that can handle the job.
Get both doors open so you can haul the tree into the house.
Yell for 2 other people to hold the doors so the “men” can get the tree inside.
Allow Orthos to run his security check on the tree before it gets too far in the house. you never know what dangerous little furry critters could be lurking in the bows, waiting to pounce.
Also have at your disposal a few different size ladders. Drag tree into position to stand it up.
Stop and tell smallish child she is going to have to wait to sweep under the tree.
Make mental note to hide my snow boots when Macgyver falls asleep. Attach tree stand.
We add and extra spike to the stand because our trees are so big. The stand does have a spike welded to the base , but it is only 4 inches long and we need something a bit bigger. Enter railroad spike.
Tie rope to the pulley system and then near the top of the tree.
It is now time to gather your 4 person tree standing team to lift this 21 foot, 800 pound tree to a standing position. This is also a good time to hit the bathroom or you will wet your pants on the first good pull.
Bring in the tallest ladder you own to adjust the top of the tree once it is up.
Success the tree is up and now to just tweak it a bit.
The little people are happy the tree is up.
OK, 1 little person was not happy when told the tree had to sit over night before it can be decorated. The theory of let the bows drop are lost on a 7 year old.
Some of the tree standing crew, minus me of course. Someone had to take the pictures don’t you know.
Well, we mind as well keep these out for tomorrow. They are going to be needed to decorate the tree. One question remains, how will the angel get on the top of the tree? I’ll get back to you after a bottle of wine.