Last weekend I accomplished a major feat: I bought my Christmas tree and had it back home and in the stand in less than 15 minutes.

Why is this a major feat you ask?

Well, we usually drive out to a Christmas tree farm somewhere in Northampton County off of Rt. 611 each year to get our live tree. And each year we get lost trying to find the place, turning a simple family holiday outing into a debacle. (Not to mention that least year we waited so late in the season to get our tree that all of the tree farms were already closed. We ended up buying one of the last two dilapidated trees at a home improvement chain store. Not good.)

So this year I decided to patronize the nursery at the end of my street, Pitchforks Nursery and Landscaping, and buy a pre-cut Douglas Fir. It worked out great. They had a nice selection of fresh trees. The guy was helpful in bundling it and tying it into my trunk for the short drive home. Much simpler than in past years and closer to home.

I also did my annual pilgrimage to the Greens Sale at Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem. Each year Burnside volunteers assemble amazing fresh wreaths, swags, and centerpieces as well as hand-made crafts and sells them as a fund-raiser for the historical site. They're not inexpensive but they are worth every penny.

I know it's after-the-fact now but put the Greens Sale on your calendar for next year. I think it's always the first Saturday of December. Oh, and get there right when it opens for the best selection. The best stuff goes fast!