Christmas is a few weeks away, but my family and I already have our tree up.
We always put up the Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving.
It has been our tradition for the past twenty years. When the kids were little, it was a nice activity to fill the day. It always gave us a rest after spending most of the night shopping on Black Friday. The kids would have fun decorating the tree while my husband and I snoozed on the couch for a nap. This year, we had a huge mess. We decided to put the tree in the den where the fireplace is located. I thought it would be a nice change, since all of the kids are grown and out of the house. My wife and I trimmed the tree with a wreath, balls, garland, and plenty of homemade ornaments the kids made over the years. We never thought about the fact that the tree was right in front of our intake vent. When I changed the air filter last week, the entire front was covered in pine needles. The air filter was covered in pine needles, dust, and dirt. I realized our mistake and we had to move the tree away from the vent. I checked a few days later to see if that solved the problem and I did not find any more pine needles on the air filter. We will have to find a better permanent place for the tree if we are going to move it out of the living room.