For a variety of reasons, I was pretty late going out to find a Christmas tree and did not actually begin the search until last Sunday (I had a conference the week before and my kids were not in town and it is not that much fun to shop for trees without my kids). Anyway, it turns out that there is some sort of Christmas tree shortage, at least in this area. All my go-to inexpensive spots (the grocery store, Costco) were out. The usually high-cost tent location at the plant nursery had trees but double and triple the usual costs -- starting at $250 for a 6 foot tree. I am a big supporter of allowing price "gouging" during shortages and in this case the pricing mechanism worked just fine -- I passed on these trees at this price, presumably allowing someone who valued these trees more than I to find some still available.
Finally, I went to the k彩平台登陆 Depot and they were apparently out as well - they were just selling some miscellaneous branches to people to wanted to make wreaths. But way in the back was one tree -- and a tall one at that, at least 9 feet. No one had wanted to buy it because it looked like something out of Dr. Seuss -- it had nice foliage at the bottom, then a completely open 2 foot gap, then nice foliage, than another large gap, etc. Anyway, my daughter the artist and the undisputed right-brain flag bearer in the family, immediately loved it and insisted I buy it. The guys there thought they were out of business and did not even have their price list any more. I said, "hey guys, no one wants this, you have to give me a discount." We agreed on $40 and we had a tree.
It turned out great. The large gaps in the tree have become more of a feature than a bug, allowing a 3D ornament display impossible on normal trees. It is tall and thin and looks great in our tall room.
Then, on the same day we had our tree adventure, we realized that no one had done anything about a Christmas card. It was always my job in the past to design the card, but last year I passed the mantle on to my daughter. But we had not explicitly assigned responsibility this year so nothing got done. At this point my daughter disappears into her room with her laptop for what we supposed was a nap. But she exited two hours later with our card design. She didn't have all the fancy Wacom tablets and such she had at art school, only the trackpad on her laptop, so she said she just used the circle tool a lot but to my eye it came out great, and allows the Coyote family to continue its 25+ year run of never buying an off-the-shelf Christmas card.