Most people think of adulthood as what happens once you graduate from school, start a “real” job and take responsibility for your own bills. But there’s more to adulthood than sitting in a cubicle, making boring decisions and balancing your checkbook. After all, being an adult means getting to do fun stuff, too. Now that it’s the holiday season, you have the control to make all of your holiday decisions, and that includes getting your very own, live Christmas tree. Awesome.
But, there’s just one problem. How do you transport a Christmas tree? Lucky for you, we’re here to help. Here are just a few steps to follow:
1. Take Measurements
Before you go anywhere or do anything, you need to figure out what size your tree should be. First, measure the height of the room where you plan to set up your tree. Then, measure the width of the area (Christmas trees can be deceivingly wide). You also need to measure the roof area of your car or the bed or your truck to make sure you can haul your perfect tree home. This step may be tedious, but believe me, the last thing you need is to go through a bunch of trouble for a tree that is too tall for your front room or too big to fit on your car. Also, avoid any embarrassing situations by writing down the measurements so you don’t forget.
2. Gather Supplies
You aren’t quite ready to leave for the tree lot yet. You still need to gather some supplies to attach the tree to your car. Start by borrowing some bungee cords or strong rope that can secure your tree on the roof of your ride. Although most Christmas trees are sold in netting for your convenience, you should bring a blanket or tarp to wrap around your tree just in case. You don’t want to spend the rest of the day vacuuming pine needles out of the floor mats.
3. Choose the Right Tree
Now that you have a realistic idea of what size tree will fit in your chosen spot, use that information to select the perfect tree. Remember, the girth of a tree can be deceiving if it’s all wrapped up, so be sure to ask for those measurements. And, if all else fails, choose a tree on the smaller side if you’re worried it won’t quite fit.
4. Load the Tree
You might want to get some friends to help because trees can be deceivingly heavy. Gather your combined strength and hoist that baby on your rooftop with the trunk side facing the front of your car. Then, use those bungee cords or rope to securely attach your tree to your vehicle through the doors and windows. Before you drive away, make sure your new tree isn’t blocking your visibility in the front, side or back.
5. Decorate Your Tree
Once you get your tree in your house, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back for all of your hard work. Turn on your favorite Christmas tunes, make some hot cocoa and get to work. Because, like it or not, your tree isn’t going to decorate itself.