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And Another Christmas Passes…

So, another Christmas passes us by and we are left to clean up the mess of wrapping paper and tinsel. We also must find a place for all of the new gifts and things that Santa felt we needed (whether we truly did or not.) Children’s new toys and clothing are distributed to their rooms to rest alongside the tons of other toys and clothing that they already own.

We had a real tree this year and while I worried that it would die before Christmas day, it showed me that I had chosen well. It was just starting to feel brittle to the touch when I began to “undress” it yesterday. I must admit that it was beautiful and it gave the house that “Christmassy pine” smell.

My two youngest grandchildren had never had a real tree so it was fun to watch their excitement as they tried to wrestle it out of the car and help get it into the big old stand…which we had to buy too, by the way!

It was kind of sad to take all of the decorations off the tree and carry it out the door. The tree is still sitting in the back yard and we do get to watch bits of tinsel glisten in the sun for just a bit longer while we decide what to do with it.

Some people feel bad about having a real tree, but you know, we bought this one from an organization that was donating the money to a children’s youth group. The tree was already cut down and standing in the lot. If we had not brought it home to enjoy, it would have just sat there and died and then no one would have benefited from its beauty.

Will I have another live tree next year? I am not sure, but this one sure gave my grandkids some great memories and that’s worth the cost of a live one to me. And really, the pine needle mess wasn’t near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I did keep the tree well watered so maybe that helped too!

So, what are your plans for the New Year, now that another Christmas has passed? As always, I say I am going to start planning for next Christmas right now, but we all know how that will go!

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Image Credit » Photo credit: Donna Thacker

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momathome wrote on December 27, 2014, 3:46 PM

I love fresh Christmas trees but I haven't had one in over 20 years because I'm kind of a cheapskate and just can't get myself to fork over more than I would for a cheap plastic one when the cheap plastic one will last for 20 years, lol. This year our full size one needed to be replaced because it was falling apart but instead of paying full price at the beginning of the holiday, I decided to use the table top one this year and wait until the after Christmas sales to get a new one. Although, now I'm thinking we will just keep using the table top one from now on -- it was so much easier to put up and take down! lol.

Donna_Thacker wrote on December 27, 2014, 3:50 PM

I had been using a table top but with my son and grand kids living here, they wanted a real first in probably 20 years too, lol. I am glad we splurged this year so now the kids can say they have experienced a real tree!

momathome wrote on December 27, 2014, 4:11 PM

Donna_Thacker I've considered getting one of the small real ones next year that are potted so that it could be planted in the spring but I'm not sure yet if we are going to do that next year or not.

AngelSharum wrote on December 27, 2014, 4:52 PM

I'm glad y'all enjoyed the tree. We got real trees for a few years back in the early 90s but then we bought the fake tree we still have. It is 15 years old now.

Donna_Thacker wrote on December 27, 2014, 5:11 PM

Thanks Angel! Just seeing how thrilled the kids were was priceless! And my son was even excited to have the real tree...memories from his own childhood, I guess, lol.

melody23 wrote on December 27, 2014, 6:24 PM

you must have either gotten a really good tree, or you were just really good at looking after it. We had a real tree once when I was a teenager and the needles were everywhere! Considering my dad works in Arboriculture (which is just a fancy way of saying he knows a heck of a lot about trees and gets paid to tell people what he knows and advise them on tree diseases or tree planting etc) you would think we would have had a really well looked after tree but it was terrible, I swear my mum was still hovering up needles in march that year! The tree we currently have was actually a housewarming present (that's what I get for moving in December lol) we had a very small flat before this one so had a tiny tree, when we moved here my mum decided that we needed a bigger tree so that's what she bought us. We have had it for two years and it still looks fantastic, its a bit of a pain to put up and take down mind you because its one of the ones that you have to place all the individual branches on piece by piece, but it does give it a more realistic look.

Donna_Thacker wrote on December 27, 2014, 7:37 PM

This tree caught my eye immediately. A Wisconsin fir of some sort and it looked so green and fresh! I did keep a close eye on the water well in the stand and refreshed it with warm water several times. It had been years since I dealt with a real tree and was expecting a big mess. I was pleasantly surprised. It still looks pretty good standing in the back yard!

carmela wrote on December 28, 2014, 3:14 AM

here in the Philippines we dont use real trees as Christmas trees. its very common to see the plastic ones being used.