Friday, December 9, 2011

This Ain't No Disco...

Ain't no country club either...  This our tree. We have our first live tree this year!  Two things I did not anticipate:  a) it is much fuller than an artificial tree and b) it takes a lot of lights. 

We always had a live tree as kids and Mom always fought for colored lights and we usually overrode her vote.  She was right.  Colored lights are so festive.  We are all about the flash, not the class, here.  My favorite ornaments are on the top fourth of the tree, and all the plastic balls and candy canes are on the bottom (the sacrificial lambs).  Sarah has already chomped down a Styrofoam package ornament, a ornament hanger (not the sharp hook part) and pulled tinsel out of a homemade ornament. 

Maybe one day I'll have a collection of glass ornaments and a themed tree in each room, but for now, I'm pretty pleased with ours.

What's your favorite tree trimming tradition?  Mine is listening to the Beach Boys and Amy Grant Christmas albums while decorating the tree.  We always spun those on my Dad's old, massive stereo/record player/tape deck system. Now it's streaming Pandora.  I'm not sure if the improved technology has the same warm aesthetics as that old behemoth.

May all your days be merry and bright!

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