Sunday, December 16, 2007

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Two weeks ago, on December 1st, we got our Christmas tree. It was a cold, brutally windy day, so we didn't take our time and just chose one that was the right size and looked good. As it has turned out, the tree is very pretty and it's just the right size for our living room. The problem is, unbeknownst to us at the time due to our hastiness, it was kind of dead down on the bottom, and it's even more so now. It's been dropping so many pine needles that it's driving neat-freaky me crazy. They're getting all over the place on our main floor. I know this is one of the reasons some people don't bother with getting a real tree, but I still wouldn't trade it for an artificial tree. Real trees are the best, pesky pine needles and all!

Our tree must not be very thirsty. (Oh yeah, that's because it's dying). It's not "drinking" the water in its stand very quickly anymore, and though its loveliness and nice scent remain, I fear that our wooded friend's days are numbered. I guess they were numbered before it got lopped out of the ground, and that it's only a matter of time for every real Christmas tree since they are no longer growing from the earth. Last year we had a nearly perfect tree; it lasted for over a month and only started dropping a lot of needles after Christmas. This year's tree will make it to Christmas, but I don't know about New Year's. It might only have a few needles left by then. Oh well. It looks nice (so far) and we like it (but not the mess it makes). John likes playing with the ornaments on it and has only broken two so far.

In other exciting holiday news, I have about 95% of my shopping done, and 0% of the wrapping done. John and Peter are going to LOVE their presents and I'm looking forward to Christmas morning when we open them all. Although I don't think I'm going to have many to open. Peter has been working the hours of a madman and I don't think he's gotten me anything yet. I know I'm not getting the watch I wanted--it's completely sold out (thanks, Oprah!). I was late in designing and ordering our Christmas cards this year, and I hope they'll arrive in the next day or two so that I can get them in the mail and have them arrive before Christmas. We've been having a lot of snowy, stormy weather, and I think there's a pretty good chance of finally having a classic white Christmas this year!

Here are some other festive pictures:

Attack of the Christmas Tree! Christy, decked out in her holiday finery.
The decorated dining room. It was a total mess before I cleaned it the evening that I took this picture, and I was so happy to have it nice and neat that I took a picture of it. Yeah, I know. I get excited by small, mundane things. Here's a neat close-up picture of the tree all lit up at night.
And, as a final treat, here's Peter wearing a velvet outfit, striped tights, and a cute little hat. You don't want to miss this!

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12 comments:

Alyson said...

Your tree is beautiful! We had issues with our tree last year and had to get a 2nd tree. We learned a lot of lessons because of that!

I love the picture of John getting attacked by the tree! I'm also glad to see you got the elf dance to work. Your dancing dog is hilarious!!

Katie said...

Hurray for Christmas! Your tree looks beautiful and festive!

I especially like the dancing elf-dog :-) Poor christy, she must have hated getting that outfit put on her! I must say, though, she does a remarkable job dancing like a human!

We have a gorgeous artificial tree that we bought last year. We love it, the only thing it lacks is the pine-needle smell. Josh is terrified of it, however. He doesn't like the feel of the needles.

Alyson said...

I forgot to mention that I envy you! I'm only about 65% done with my Christmas shopping. I'm in trouble!!

Donna said...

Good ol' Christy, she's a good sport and a great dancer, isn't she?

Katie: Artificial trees are nice because they're convenient and cost-effective. If it's a good one it's hard to tell whether it's real or fake. That's so funny that Josh doesn't like the tree! I bet he'll like it a lot better next year.

Alyson: You have exactly one week left to get the remaining 35% done! (I'm good at stating the obvious, aren't I?) I would try to do it during this week if at all possible. I went out last Saturday in Simsbury/Canton/Avon and it was a zoo. Did you hear that there was a huge gridlock problem on Saturday around the Westfarms mall? They had to call in the state transportation authority to help with it. People didn't move for two hours in the parking lots. What a nightmare! Well, on that cheery note, good luck! Let me know if I can help you with anything!

Katie said...

He probably will, you are right. I think right now he doesn't like a lot of things b/c he is getting over a cold.

I like it how you have conversations back and forth with people in your comments, so I responded to your last couple of comments on my blog :-) I am going to have to make it a habit, its a fun way to communicate.

Alyson said...

I went to Westfarms tonight actually. It wasn't as bad as I thought, but I think that's because it's super cold outside and it's Monday. I just barely got home and it's nearly 11:30!! It was probably horrible Saturday because people were scared they wouldn't be able to get out during the storm on Sunday. Anyway, I have Brooke done and Adam done. Caroline is almost done, but we still have a few things for David. We're done shopping for everyone else. Anyway, I'm stressed!! I long for the stress-free Christmases of my youth!

jaredandmatisse said...

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Donna said...

Hey Matisse! I didn't know you and Jared had a blog. I'll add you to my friends list. Yay, I have more friends who blog! I love your blog too. Your new place looks REALLY nice.

Peter said...

Aaah, the needles! Our tree is drying out 1 week before Christmas and the needles are flying all over the place. Aah well, what can you do. I bet if I shake it some, only live needles will be left and we will have a nice soft carpet on our hardwood floor....

The dancing was fun, but getting the choreography down was a bit tough. My sense of timing was a bit off, but what can you do....the tights were riding...oh wait...never mind.

Donna said...

Oh Peter, you're so funny with you and your tights!

When I wrote the post on Sunday the tree was still in okay condition. Now on Thursday, it really is dead and drying out. I'm so bummed! We'll have to be a lot more careful with our tree selection next year. Usually we leave the tree and decorations up until New Year's, but I'm pretty sure that we'll take it all down a day or two after Christmas this year. :(

Donna said...

My sad face didn't work. Here it is: :(

Anonymous said...

I just wrote a nice long comment (well for me anyway) and it didn't show up when I tried to publish it. Maybe it's still floating around somewhere in cyber-space. I was in the moment and can't repeat what I said, but it was something around the fact that instead of just worrying about the gifts, decorating, dinner, etc., I try to think about Christ and how this is the time we celebrate His birth. I was thinking about what the world would be like if he hadn't completed Heavenly Father's plan with His life. When I get down thinking of the things I need to do and don't really want to, I think that His whole life was to complete the plan and was for us and He probably didn't do many things that He wanted to do, I mean the human part of Him. I guess I just think of how hard the world is today and many people don't know or haven't really felt the love of Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ and the celebration of this holiday is so far from the Christian spirit. If I can spend a few minutes and intimately celebrate His birth and reflect on the gratitude I have for that, then the holidays are a success. Does that make sense. (I'm working and have been interrupted with my thoughts while writing this so I'm not sure how my thoughts have presented themselves) Anyway, I love the festivities of the holidays once they are done, but remember the whole point is the celebration of Christ's birth and giving him recognition for His life.