Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree



Christmas trees are a fun part of Christmas. When I was young, our family fell on hard times. Still, we celebrated Christmas in our own way. Dad would go out on Christmas Eve and buy a scrawny tree for a dollar from a vendor in front of the local gas station. We had fun decorating it with tinsel and old fashioned ornaments that were very fragile.

This year, as well as last, I've put up a small fiber optic tree which changes colors and looks pretty in the dark, instead of a full sized one. One reason is because I still don't trust my dog, Rascal, not to do something naughty with the ornaments or lights. Another reason is I can't find a spot for one. I've used up almost every spot in the house and don't know where I'd put a big tree.

The tree pictured here in this blog is in the lobby at the Wellington, a great restaurant in Arlington Heights, Illinois, one of the places where you get the entire meal - soup, salad, main course, plus desert - all in pleasant surroundings, with excellent service. The lobby was so nicely decorated I took advantage of the opportunity to snap several shots there.

I digress. Getting back to trees - I miss having a normal-sized tree in the house for Christmas. Maybe next year I'll break down, put one up and see if it survives. If so, it will be an artificial one I've got stored in the basement, along with various ornaments I've gathered over the years. I've got red ribbon bows also to go on it, along with red wooden cranberry color garland, instead of tinsel.

What about you? Do you have a Christmas tree? If so, what kind, artificial or real? Do you have a certain way you decorate your tree? Please share.

7 comments:

  1. I have a tall lamp and around the 'stem'I wound tinsel with fake holly and leaves. On the tinsel I hung some ornaments. Voila! A Christmas tree that doesn't take up anymore room nor does it leave needles to clean. Environment friendly to boot. What more could I ask for?

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  2. I don't know if this will work, but my column last week sums up my latest Christmas tree escapade: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tree-year-fake-2259640-last-artificial

    If you can link to it, enjoy.

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  3. Lots less work that way, Karen and you can still enjoy it.

    As for you Gayle, Why be a purist?
    Try a green artificial tree. There are some that look awfully real. And you can spray scent if that's what you want. I wonder if it's just a tactile allergy or more.

    I break out if my dog licks my skin. I found that out on vacation when she was in the back seat with me and my arm broke out. It doesn't always happen, but it goes away within half an hour. It's very strange. Otherwise I'm okay around her.

    Morgan

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  4. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

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  5. Thanks, Susan,
    I appreciate your coming over to visit. I'm glad to have you here with us.

    Morgan Mandel

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  6. Which tree do you want me to talk about? LOL! Let's face it, I have a Christmas fetish. This year we had 10 trees (all fake) inside and 7 small ones outside.

    I try to theme my trees as much as possible. We have snowmen, angels, homemade ornaments, collectibles with a lot of teddy bears, toys, snow flakes and icicles, santas and presents, and two fiber optic ones.

    Most of the rooms in our house are decorated, even one of the bathrooms.

    Like I said....I have a Christmas fetish.

    Cheryl

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  7. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

    http://www.car-insurance-choices.com

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