For all those looking for a great natural Christmas tree at a great price, I can heartily recommend Ikea… yes, Ikea and NO, no allen key is required to install this lovely natural pine tree. Ikea owns their own Christmas tree farms and they are managed – that is, all trees sold are replaced.

Zachary, Tristan and I were at the Boucherville Ikea around 840 EST this morning and there were MANY trees there (and few cars in the parking lot) … they had received a fresh batch that morning (or night before)… you have to go in to pay for the tree and get your $20 off $75 coupon.

That’s right – all their trees are $20 – and you get a $20 off $75 Ikea coupon valid as of January 2nd until March 2009. Well worth it.

We hauled the tree back (after having $1.00 and $1.99 breakfast plates with eggs, croissant, potatoes, sausage, bacon and/or mini-pancakes stuffed with apples) to the house. Later on, Zachary assisted in sawing off the 1/2 “ bit of the trunk and we all aligned and screwed it in the house upstairs. Their help was essential given that I’m still severely limping around following the surgery.

Now it smells lovely in here, and tomorrow we decorate it!

Pics forthcoming…

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