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Considering it’s already the thirteen of December (and a Friday the thirteenth at that) I figure most of you who celebrate the season already have your decorating done. Or maybe you’re like me and you sort of never stop adding decorations.
Our first Christmas together, Gizmo Guy and I went out to one of the neighboring Christmas tree farms (yes, there really are farms for Christmas, and I lived in the heart of the area) and cut down our own tree. It became a tradition, bringing the kids along, letting them choose “the best tree”. We generally got pine trees that were far far wider than any artificial tree. And their needles were far sharper when you stepped on them too. And those needles invariably got all over the house, even if the tree had never been anywhere but the living room.
I loved the tradition of going out and cutting down the tree. Until we got a dog about 15 years ago. Storm loved the Christmas tree, especially sleeping under the tree. Then she’d wake up, and forgetting the tree was above her, she would stand up and tip the thing over, sending ornaments crashing and water splashing out of the base and over my carpet, and any presents that Storm hadn’t pushed out of the way. So the second year we had her, we bit the bullet and bought a fake tree that didn’t require water.
The one good thing about it was it meant we could put the tree up much earlier than we did with a real one. And now that I compare the pictures, the artificial one is nice too.
(If anyone has read some of my posts about Christmas traditions and remembers our Scavenger Hunt game — that big huge green present on the right hand side? There’s nothing in it–other than a clue to my son that will lead him to yet another clue and so on and so forth until he finally finds the real present.)
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