Christmas Tree Saga of ’10

December 23, 2010

Seems like we’ve had quite a saga while trying to get the family Christmas  tree in the last few years. See the ’08 saga.

I was traveling home on Sunday, which means everyone waited for me to come home before getting the tree. Since Christmas is on a Saturday this year, It seemed like 5 days would be plenty of time to go out and cut our own tree. Apparently, not many people cut their own trees anymore because there are so few places where you can, at least in our little corner of central Michigan. We went by the place we got the tree last year and the year before, there was a sign in the yard that said closed and there was a gate blocking the driveway. So, finding the owner’s house, Dad stopped and asked. They had closed for the season, they were only open through Sunday, the 19th. Huh?

So, that was it. We had to resort to getting a Christmas tree from a lot. I guess most people get their trees way early so the lot was a little sparse. One comment, “All the trees are either too perfect or oddly shaped”. Well of course we went for the oddly shaped and ended up with one really fat tree.

Fat Tree from the Lot

Fat Tree from the Lot

Luckily, there weren’t any real problems putting the tree up. It was wrapped and so we decided to not cut the wrapping string until we got it in the house. I really don’t think we’d have been able to get it in the house otherwise.  Another facetious comment, heard while cutting off the string, “And why are you in the emergency room? Got crushed by the Christmas tree.”

So, this year’s saga, not quite so dramatic, but still the tradition turned on its ear yet again.

Happy Holidays!

Decorated Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree '10


Attack of the Ents

March 21, 2010

As we move into spring, evening dog walks are much more enjoyable because it’s not as cold and it’s light out, so no need to carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing. The landscape is still brown and with no leaves on the trees yet, the thin branches are hard to see in the light just before sunset. It’s like the Ents are reaching out to grab hold of you.

Trees (or Ents) at sunset

The Christmas Tree Saga of ‘08

December 19, 2009

Author’s note: This was an email to siblings and their families that didn’t make it home for Christmas 2008 in Michigan:

Part 1

One of our timeless family traditions entails gathering as many kids that are home and going off to the Christmas Tree farm with Dad to cut down our own tree. Usually, this is an enjoyable, satisfying holiday tradition culminating with a steaming cup of hot cocoa provided by Mom when we get home.

Well, the year of ’08 will live in infamy as the most opposite experience to the “enjoyable, satisfying” one we usually have. Here’s what happened….

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