We took our tree down yesterday. It was time! I usually don't try to keep a fresh tree as long as we had this one, but our daughter's family was coming for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas so I put it up mid November. The tree stopped taking up water a couple of weeks ago and began dropping needles. When I undecorated it yesterday, this is what the floor looked like under the tree. I am amazed at how many needles are on one tree!!
Then by the time we actually got it out the door, I swept/picked up more needles before vacuuming. This 13 gallon trash can holds the needles I could scoop up with my hands. I haven't emptied the vacuum bag yet but I would imagine the trash can would be overflowing if I did.
It is such a relief to be getting the house back to normal. I am looking forward to beginning a new year.
May God richly bless each of you reading this in the coming year with SHALOM!!