Okay, you’ve just gotten finished with Thanksgiving (with at least most of it from Costco, I assume), so it is the perfect time to start your Costco Christmas. And what better place to start than with the lovely centerpiece of your decorations – the Christmas tree.
I’m not talking about the fake ones that you’ve probably seen for at least a month now on sale inside the store, I mean a real, live, freshly cut tree. You might not remember seeing trees for sale outside of the Costco or even in the parking lot last year. However, I’ve got one more surprise for you, they’re not for sale at the actual stores, but instead, online at Costco.com. How strange is that? You can order up a tree just like you can a watch or a coffee maker from Costco.com. Which if you think about it for a minute, this really could have some advantages; you don’t have to worry about getting the big tree home and if it will scratch the roof of your car, or maybe you don’t even have a car so you’ll have to drag it home on foot, you don’t have to take the time to go look through all the trees to find the perfect one, and you don’t have to get sticker shock when they tell you that the one you’ve been eying will be $200 and it’s actually shorter than you are and sort of looks like the one from the Charlie Brown cartoons. So, as strange as it may seem, Costco might be on to something here.
At the Costco.com website the trees you get to pick from are all various sizes of Fraser Firs fresh cut by The Christmas Tree Company in North Carolina. You can pick from the following sized trees: 6′ – 7′ range for $129.99, the 7′ – 8′ range for $199.99, or the 8′ – 9′ trees for $239.99 (all of this pricing is significantly cheaper than you’ll find on The Christmas Tree Comapny’s own website). And don’t forget that that price includes shipping the tree right to your front door by your friendly FedEx man (or at least he was probably friendly before he had to deliver a big Christmas tree to your house, huh?). The website says that the Fraser Fir is “the ‘Cadillac’ of Christmas trees, providing outstanding longevity and needle retention. A properly cared for Fraser Fir can last from mid-November well into January. Full and lush blue-green branches provide long lasting fragrance and are sturdy enough to support a wide variety of decorations.” It does sound lovely when they put it like that now, doesn’t it?
They also state that your tree will be fresh cut on the morning that you place your order and that it will be hand inspected before it is shipped out to you. They apparently have some set standards that they go by and don’t just ship out any old tree. They also package your tree in a sturdy, moisture-resistant package to ensure that it arrives at your house in one piece, looking fresh and lovely and also to make sure that it lasts through the Christmas season. This all makes sense from the stand point that this is coming from Costco; you know that they are looking to get you a quality product. And when you’re ready to dispose of your beautiful tree, they’ve thought of that too, by including a biodegradable bag that you can wrap it up in without losing all of the needles as you drag it through your house to get it outside.
Even if you’re not planning on buying your fresh tree from Costco.com, they do have some outstanding suggestions on how to care for your tree to get the best out of it for the season, and more importantly, not set fire to your house:
- Make a fresh cut to remove a ¼” to 1” thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand
- Place the tree in water as soon as possible after cutting
- As a general rule, stands should provide one quart of water per inch of stem diameter
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid removing the outer layers of the tree to fit your stand. The outer layers are the most efficient in taking up water
- Water your tree daily making sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree
- Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat
- Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set of lights.
So, if you’ve decided to get one of these for yourself, or maybe send one to a friend or relative as a gift, you need to get it ordered by December 12th. Your tree will be shipped within two business days of your order, and FedEx will take 5 – 7 days to get it to your door.