By Thomas Morrone CFP®, CPA
For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is a holiday tradition. For some of those people, selecting the tree is the most important part. The method of choosing the perfect tree varies depending on who you talk to. The selection process can include walking up and down the aisles and aisles of pre- cut trees in some parking lot or at a local nursery. Once the tree selection is made, most places will wrap the tree in netting making it much more manageable to carry to your vehicle to get it home. For the brave at heart, there is the cut your own method that involves the trek into the field of live trees with a blanket and a saw. For those that have done this, it always sounds like so much fun and it certainly is at the beginning of the adventure. After a crazy amount of time to locate the perfect tree trudging through the snow, mud and freezing temperatures, then you still need to cut the sucker down. This of course includes much more effort to not only cut the tree but also dragging the tree from the farthest ends of the field to the parking lot and then getting the tree in the back of your truck (assuming you are lucky enough to have a truck). For most, the tree needs to be tied to the roof of the car for the journey home. Remember, the freshly cut tree is not neatly wrapped in netting so handling the tree is more of a challenge. Tree sap gets on your hands and clothes and needles stick into all parts of your body. Remember this is supposed to be fun.