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Old November 22 2010, 11:01 AM   #211
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Old November 22 2010, 05:39 PM   #212
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I think I'm going to put my tree up this weekend. It's an artificial one, but does the job nicely enough. But since I'm going to be at home more than in previous years, it could be fun to have a real tree again. I haven't had one in many years. So I might get one a bit later in the season.
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Old November 22 2010, 05:50 PM   #213
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We've decided to have a real tree this year but I don't want to have a fire hazard in my front room come Christmas Day, so we'll wait a few weeks to get it. However the decorations will probably come down from the loft this weekend, and be put up over the following few days.

When I was growing up we always had a live tree but my dad would always wait 'til just a few days before Christmas to buy it. The result was a Charlie Brown-like tree with not enough branches and half its needles missing. From an early age I learned to be creative with the garland and ornaments to try to make Emo Tree look reasonable. Since I have no intention of ever having an Emo Tree again we'll be getting our tree by the 10th or so. We live within a short drive of several good gardening centres so there will be a good selection.
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Old November 22 2010, 06:03 PM   #214
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I come from a real tree-family, when one set of my grandparents began using artificial candles (electric lights on the tree ) we made so much fun of it it only lasted a few years

I can live without a tree, in fact I'd rather do that than have a fake one, but it just wouldn't be x-mas without the real smell of one. I usually hang something on the wall for that (and for the decorative element of course)...

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Old November 22 2010, 06:40 PM   #215
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When I was growing up we always had a live tree but my dad would always wait 'til just a few days before Christmas to buy it. The result was a Charlie Brown-like tree with not enough branches and half its needles missing.


Growing up we used to get the tree round about when school broke up (around the 16th/17th of December, usually) but once or twice we left it really late and ended up driving around from one place to another in a desperate race to find a decent-looking tree on the 23rd or even Christmas Eve.

Funnily enough, these last-minute adventures in the cold and dark have stayed in my memory as being far more fun than the years we got a tree in good time.
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Old November 22 2010, 07:02 PM   #216
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Childhood x-mas tree stories? -I've got one as well

We used to drive to the woods to cut down our own tree! -'twas only a 10 km drive though and when I say 'cut' it is an exaggeration; 'saw' is more correct...

We usually made a day of it: three families together; a walk around the lake/in the wood (more fun those winters when you could bring skates!) with a picnic (more fun when you're old enough to have the alcoholic content also).
Then finding the perfect tree and securing it to the car -like a vegetarian hunters trophy. After bringing the tree home we'd meet up at one of our houses for a nice hot meal.

This would usually take place about two weeks before x-mas eve.
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Old November 22 2010, 07:05 PM   #217
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When I was growing up we always had a live tree but my dad would always wait 'til just a few days before Christmas to buy it. The result was a Charlie Brown-like tree with not enough branches and half its needles missing.


Growing up we used to get the tree round about when school broke up (around the 16th/17th of December, usually) but once or twice we left it really late and ended up driving around from one place to another in a desperate race to find a decent-looking tree on the 23rd or even Christmas Eve.

Funnily enough, these last-minute adventures in the cold and dark have stayed in my memory as being far more fun than the years we got a tree in good time.
It's the same for me, really. Dad's gawdawful trees became as much a tradition as attending the early Christmas Eve mass and opening our presents afterwards. My absolute favourite tree was one with such a huge missing-branches gap that I had to be extraordinarily creative with the garland. The joke was that our tree always stood in the corner of the room, so the side with this big gap was the good side of the tree.

By the time I was in my late teens my mother would give my older brother and me some money to buy a tree in mid-December. The local Scout troop always sold very good trees in one of the local church parking lots, and we bought our trees from them for years.
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Old November 22 2010, 07:38 PM   #218
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Aw, good stories, both of you. Now I really am feeling Christmassy. I think I'll open that bottle of Oloroso sherry tonight.
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Old November 22 2010, 07:59 PM   #219
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Even though we have a fake tree I do love the smell of the real ones, so we buy that bottled spray imitation. It actually smells really accurate and you tend to forget it's even fake.
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What i really hate is that spray on snow shit. The smell makes me nauseous. It's terrible.
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Old November 23 2010, 01:56 PM   #222
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What i really hate is that spray on snow shit. The smell makes me nauseous. It's terrible.
And from what I've seen, they can be hard to remove.
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What i really hate is that spray on snow shit. The smell makes me nauseous. It's terrible.
And from what I've seen, they can be hard to remove.
Yes, I have memories of one of my elementary school teachers trying in vain to scrape the fake snow drifts she'd sprayed on the window of the classroom door. I remember the horrible smell of that stuff as well.

My husband has a lot of the gifts purchased already. He's handy to have around.
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Old November 23 2010, 07:29 PM   #224
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What the best dressed tree is wearing this year
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Old November 23 2010, 09:13 PM   #225
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What i really hate is that spray on snow shit. The smell makes me nauseous. It's terrible.
You're not meant to snort it, you know.
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