Christmas is a couple of weeks away, but our family and I already have our tree up.
All of us constantly put up the Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving… It has been our family tradition for the past twenty years.
When the youngsters were little, it was a nice hobby to fill the day. It constantly offered us a rest after spending most of the night shopping on Black Friday. The youngsters would have a real good time decorating the tree while my wife and I snoozed on the couch for a nap. This year, all of us had a giant mess. All of us decided to put the tree in the den where the fireplace happens to be. I thought it would be a nice change, since all of the youngsters are grown and out of the household. My wife and I trimmed the tree with a wreath, balls, garland, and plenty of homemade ornaments the youngsters made over the years. We truly never thought about the fact that the tree was right in front of our intake vent. When I changed the air filter this past 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 transfer the tree away from the vent. I checked a few days later to see if that solved the complication and I did not find any more pine needles on the air filter. We will have to find a better permanent locale for the tree if we are going to transfer it out of the living room area.