It's not that often we buy a product that completely and totally blows my mind with just how much easier it makes some part of my life. What's really shocking, though, is when that product is something as specialized as a Christmas tree stand.
We won't have our tree up for several weeks yet (we've pretty much settled on the third weekend of Advent as our tree-purchasing and -decorating weekend), but I know plenty of folks who are eager to get the house completely decorated as soon as the leftover Thanksgiving turkey is put away. If you'll be trimming the tree soon, this post is for you!
Our old tree stand, one of those standard crank-the-screws-into-the-trunk varieties, turned what should have been an enjoyable Christmastime event into a real headache. One of us had to hold the tree while the other shimmied underneath, inhaling pine needles and cursing the pain in our fingers as we cranked . . . and cranked . . . and cranked. Invariably, the tree ended up a little crooked, and we had to re-adjust the screws at least once, and usually several times. By the time the tree was upright, we were both overheated and annoyed, and the prospect of decorating the tree seemed less like fun and more like a chore.
A few years ago, though, we invested in the Krinner Christmas Tree Genie, and I can honestly say this thing made every wish I had for a Christmas tree stand come true. It's very heavyweight and durable and holds a lot of water. Most importantly, though, it makes putting up the tree an absolute cinch. So simple, in fact, that one person can put up the tree alone, if needed. Just set the tree into the stand, hold the tree in place, and pump the foot pedal until the tree is secure. Once it's tight enough, you lock the foot pump into place. After the holidays, the tree comes down just as easily; I no longer have old pine needles falling on my head as I try to unscrew the tree from the tree stand.
Now, this stand is not cheap. At around a hundred bucks, we seriously debated whether we should buy it or not. We have never once regretted shelling out the cash, though, and we're amazed and grateful every year when we put up the tree. Getting the tree set up with no arguments and no hassle . . . it's a little Christmas miracle.