We got the tree home and Alan managed to get this massive beast into the house since I'm not much help. We quickly learned that our tree stand was not big enough to hold it up so Alan made a run to Lowe's to pick up a tree stand made for bigger trees. Got home and it didn't work either. Fast forward to a couple of days and 3 tree stands later(including 1 that actually broke!), I had went to Home Depot to pick up 2 stands that we hadn't tried. When Alan got home, we tried one of them, only to have it not work either. Alan laid the tree down to give us a minute to think and he noticed a huge crack in the tree trunk! It went up the tree as far as we could see-at least half way! Alan went to get his knife to see how deep it was and it was about an inch deep.. So glad the tree wouldn't stand up now, as frustrating as it was. I'm pretty sure it would have fallen at some point.
The next day, we went to a local nursery to pick out this tree. It's not nearly as tall or pretty but it will do and Alan had no issues getting it up. Here's the finished product.
Madison had so much fun decorating this year.
Madison's tree outside her bedroom