Christmas Season

Today was “get the tree” day here, so we were at the Boy Scout lot when they opened at 9:00 a.m. this morning. IMG_2851The cat slept on. We forgot the camera, but we were the first ones on the lot and the young guys there were eager to help us. Loaded and tied onto the car, off we went to Starbucks, where Barbara had a steamed apple juice w/ cinnamon & caramel and I got an eggnog latte.

IMG_2854We also bought a pair of new mugs.  Once home with the mugs, we snapped a photo of them posed with Emmets, my favorite coffee additive, then they were then washed and filled with coffee goodness. Yum!

We had decided to get a smaller tree this year ( just about six feet) after some ceiling-scrapers the last few years, but it sure looks tiny to us. We’re hoping we’ll get useIMG_0466d to it, or that maybe it will look taller with the tree topper on it, or whatever. I figure a few more coffee-and-Emmet’s will solve the problem.

I cut the twine off the tree, since the Boy Scouts were showing their stuff with the knots, and we carried it in, got it in the tree stand and level. IMG_2858

Next, of course comes the decorating, first lights – hope none of the strings are burned out – then the ornaments. The problem with a much smaller tree is we have room for far less stuff on it, so decisions will be made. Of course the Enterprise will be on it, and the Harry Potter and Hedwig ornaments will go on, and the special things and colored balls and all, just a lot less of them.

We still have outdoor stuff to do; the wreath is already up, and the house lights, but the front door surround (more lights) and another wreath for the front door are still to go. Then we will start on the inside: mantle, dining room table, coffee table, and all the rest. There may be another post as the process continues, or maybe I’ll be too tired.. Meanwhile, the cat is still sleeping, now under the tree.

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20 Responses to Christmas Season

  1. Biill Crider says:

    Nice tree. It looks good even undecorated!

  2. Richard says:

    Thanks, Bill. I figured you might like the cat picture too. Barbara just got home from shopping, including a stop at the liquor store. I rarely drink, but this time of year I do like my coffee and Emmet’s. She prefers hers with Kahlua.

  3. Very fun! One of things we’ve never had (that “we” would be Mary and me) is a real Christmas tree. We both had them growing up, but we’ve always had an artificial tree because we like to put ours up waaaay early. It migrated from Thanksgiving Night to my birthday (Nov. 21st) a few years ago.

    Will be fun to see it all decorated. The annual “plugging in the lights to see if they work” is a moment I don’t enjoy. Seems like every year I buy a new strand of lights because they lasted all of one Christmas and part or all of them no longer work.

    We changed out decorations year last year after Tori moved out. We put away (at least for now) our collections of decorations we gathered over two decades plus of marriage and went with a blue, silver and white theme. The cool thing about it, though, is that the TARDIS, K-9, Deep Space Nine station and Serenity still work on it perfectly. I’m going to dig out my R2-D2 action figure and place him on the tree as well.

  4. Richard says:

    Carl, that’s cool, it’s a lot of fun to read the things other friends do. November 21 seems awfully early to us, but since we prefer grown trees we wait until about now, which allows it to last to just past New Years, when it all comes back down. We both grew up with “real” trees and though Barbara has had artificial ones, and we still put one of those up in the office, which shows from the street. I have a couple of Star Trek ornaments, the aforementioned Potter ones, a Godzilla (original version) and we have a couple of blown glass dragons that are tres fragile. This is all a lot of fun, but a lot of work for a few weeks.

    Now I need something to put under the tree (besides the napping cat).

  5. Patti Abbott says:

    In Michigan, everyone puts up their tree Thanksgiving weekend. By Christmas I am tired of it. As a kid in Philly, we put it up Christmas eve. That was too late. Sounds like Portland has it right.

  6. Richard says:

    Patti, I’m sure people all over do it their own way, I’ve just always put the tree up no sooner then three weeks before, so it will stay fresh through New Year’s Day, when we take it down, usually during the Rose Parade. I think George puts his up at Thanksgiving and leaves it up through January.

  7. Richard, it was very nice to read about your Christmas preparations. There is so much joy in the air and in our hearts at this time of the year. It is the one festival and festive season my family looks forward to every year. My children put up an artificial tree with lights and decorations and we leave presents under the tree. But now that they’re grown up, it’s not easy to decide what to buy them.

  8. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Nice tree. That picture doesn’t really look like a six foot tree. I’ve noticed in traveling around Brooklyn that there seems to be more tree sellers this year than ever. We have certain places they always set up but this year they seem to be everywhere. And the prices (as a non-tree buyer) seem really high.

    Jackie said in Orlando they were charging $25 for what was little more than a bush.

    Will look forward to seeing pictures of the decorated tree.

  9. Just make sure you choose presents, and not more cats.

  10. Like Patti said, most people in our area put up their Christmas trees on Thanksgiving night. Because we have allergies, our tree is an artificial one (but it looks Real). Diane would probably keep the Christmas tree up all year round if it wasn’t for the Funny Looks we would get from our neighbors. So we take the tree down in mid-January. Diane spends a week “Christmastizing” our house with all sorts of decorations.

  11. Richard says:

    Prashant, I guess less and less people buy real trees these days. We prefer the look, smell, and feel of them, and they are grown locally which helps with price and they are very fresh. Deciding what to buy is always difficult!

  12. Richard says:

    Jeff, they measure to the very tip, and that’s just taller than me (I’m 6′ 1″), but I agree the picture makes it look smaller. This tree plus a very nice twelve-inch handmade wreath of natural materials were $43, which is bout the same as last year for a slightly larger one. We haven’t noticed more stands than usual. As I said to Prashant, these are grown locally, ours is very fresh. I mentioned a month ago we might skip the tree, but it just didn’t seem right to have the holiday without the tree.

  13. Richard says:

    Carl, three cats is enough.

  14. Richard says:

    George, I though you left it up longer, all the way to the end of the month. There is a ton of stuff here, we (which means Barbara) never put it all out, there are boxes which don’t get opened very often.

  15. Well done Richard 🙂

  16. Richard says:

    Thanks, Sergio, much appreciated.

  17. Sometimes Diane keeps our Christmas tree up until the Super Bowl. But, we’re working on that…

  18. Eggnog latte sounds delicious. Cool to be getting in the mood for the season.

  19. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Well George, it’s only February 1 this year so….

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