But we're guessing you've already set up your tree. So, lifted straight from the magazine, jot these ideas down for next year. Can't say we didn't let you know...
Christmas trees, direct For some, it’s a delight to shop for the perfect Christmas tree. For others, it’s a death-march. For the latter in Salt Lake and Davis counties, Dave Evans and his eight sons have developed a business delivering fresh-cut Oregon trees—and wreaths—to your doorstep. The money they earn goes directly to support their mission and college funds. Most sales are prepaid, but for true procrastinators, Evans reserves 100 trees you can buy from his backyard. Trees are delivered each Saturday till Christmas beginning Thanksgiving weekend, but you'll have to wait until next year to order one yourself. 4664 S. 1135 East, Millcreek, 801-440-6666, efament.com.
Cutting your own tree Cutting your own Christmas tree is a great way to reconnect with the roots of the celebration. For info about where to cut your own, visit pickyourownchristmastree.org.
Lighting the tree In many homes, one of the unhappier holiday rituals is Daddy cursing the Christmas lights as he attempts to untangle them and figure out why only every other bulb is blinking. Cut to the holiday cheer and hire a pro to light up the tree. Reliable Tree Care's prices range from a few hundred dollars to $20,000. Reliable also makes proactive service calls throughout the season to guarantee their customers (and their homes) stay merry and bright. 801-262-7996, reliabletreecare.com.