If you’ve been reading this holiday season, then you know that a little over a week ago I had the opportunity to order a live Christmas tree from Sears.com. I had never done this in the past and I was extremely interested to see what tree would arrive at my door! I had never realized this was even a possibility until I had this opportunity. My aunt had heard of it because my uncle orders a tree online every year and has been doing it for years!
The plan for the tree I ordered was to put it in J’s man cave and decorate it with some of the ornaments we’ve gotten over the years. With that plan, we needed a tree that was on the smaller size because I didn’t want it to stick out too far in the middle of the room. I ordered a 4.5 – 5 foot tree to be on the safe side. I was excited when the UPS truck arrived about 5 days after I ordered the tree. I wonder how often the UPS man delivers a box with a strong smell of fresh Christmas tree!
I was interested to see how big (or small) the Christmas tree was once it had arrived. I was also intrigued because the box seemed small when I thought about what I knew was inside!
As soon as I got a chance, we had that tree out of the box! It took two people to get it out — one to hold on to the box while the other pulled the tree out. The tree fit in the box because it was wrapped up tight with blue twine. I was worried that the tree would end up being oddly shaped or not as full as I would like it to be after being tied up in such a skinny bundle.
I did appreciate how well the tree was tied up for shipping purposes. I felt that it helped keep the branches safe from getting broken while being transported. That was a definite perk because I didn’t want a tree with a bunch of broken branches.
There was one thing that I was slightly disappointed in and that was the stump of the tree. I had expected the tree to be ready to go in the tree stand upon arrival but that was not the case. As you can see in the photo to the right, the tree’s stump really isn’t visible because there wasn’t much of one. Luckily, this is a problem that can easily be remedied if you get a saw and remove a few low branches. We don’t have a saw so I went with a backup plan as the tree wasn’t meant to be our primary Christmas tree. If you’re considering buying your Christmas tree online, I would just be aware that you might need to do some trimming to get it perfect but that is often the case with any live tree.
Other than the stump issue, I was very pleased with the live Christmas tree we received. Due to the stump issue, instead of putting it inside the house, I decided to try to use it around our pond in the backyard. We were able to get it in a large flower pot and get it stabilized with rocks. It has made a great addition to our backyard holiday decor (yes, we do some holiday decorating in our backyard as well as our front yard) and we received some compliments on it as well from some of the visitors we had over the past week!
I was very pleased with my experience purchasing a live Christmas tree at Sears.com. It was extremely easy and fairly affordable! If you’re considering this option for next year, I would recommend it especially for fans of shopping online. It seems you can get almost anything online these days! If you’re worried about what to do with the tree when you’re down with it, all of the live Christmas trees from Sears come with a biodegradable disposable bag which makes things even easier! We will let our tree stay out by the pond until sometime in January unless it needs to be thrown away earlier. We have green waste pick up once a week and they will be picking up larger items through January so it will be perfect for us and we won’t even need to use the bag!
If you would like to check out my entire shopping experience, visit my Google+ album for a step-by-step on how I placed my order!
Have you ever purchased a live Christmas tree online? Do you decorate with a live tree or an artificial tree? How did you make that decision?
Formula Mom Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are 100% my own. #CBias #Searsrealcheer