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12 December 2004 @ 04:59 pm

Don and I awoke early this morning to go get our tree. This is our first Christmas in the new house, and our first in the new town. Upon a recommendation from Don's sister, we decided to go to a place where you cut your own tree. We've not done that before, and thought it would be fun. Upon arriving at the lot at 8:30 a.m., we were informed they didn't open until ten. Guess we were a wee bit excited. So, we had a lovely breakfast in town (PAMCAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven't had them in at least a year, and oh, were they good!)

After killing a bit more time window shopping, we headed back to the lot. "Have you been here before?" Assuming he meant to cut a tree, and not at an absurdly early hour that selfsame morning, we replied in the negative. "Take this tag. Now, go wander aimlessly until you find a tree you like and then put the tag on it. Then, shout 'Woodsman!' and someone will come to cut your tree for you."

Brilliant. The two of us wandered up the hill and far into the rows of trees. We were, I confess, a bit overwhelmed. There were so many different varieties of tree, and so many shapes and sizes... I didn't know it was going to be so hard! As we wandered aimlessly (per our instructions) we were approached by a young guy - probably about sixteen - carrying a saw. "Need any help?"

"Not yet. We just can't make up our minds." We chatted with the kid as we looked - and there it was. The perfect tree. Not too tall (our ceilings aren't all that high) yet very, very chubby. As our tree-cutter was already there, we didn't get to yell 'Woodsman!' He offered to walk away so we could, but we assured him we'd get over the disappointment. He got down on the ground to cut the trunk - and found it was about seven feet thick. Okay, maybe eight inches. But still. Turns out this was not only his first day on the job, but his very first tree. That just made it even better. Better still was watching the poor kid heft this tree. He ended up carrying it trunk up with the end trailing down his back as the very very chubby branches enveloped him. It was 'Birnham Wood, a Comic Extravaganza!' The total was tallied, the tree encased in mesh, and off we went to set it up in our formal dining room (and anyone who has seen this house knows just how amusing that is), stopping on the way to buy a new ornament at a store in town. Unable to choose, we ended up with two: a dark green and gold glass butterfly and an articulated cloissone seahorse.

While setting up the tree, we watched our traditional Christmas movie: Ghostbusters. It is only the second year of the tradition. It began during last year's tree trimming when Don popped it in. There is a scene wherein the tree at Rockefeller Center is visible, and so the justification was made.

So, our tree is trimmed and festive and I'll do more decorating tomorrow; I need to buy some greens and more lights. I actually have a mantle to adorn! Woohoo!

My house smells of pine and cinnamon sugar cookies (I've baked at least ten dozen) and life is quite lovely.
I feel: hyperfestive
Stealth Chaos Butterfly: holiday // twinkle twinkle little starbunnymcfoo on December 12th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I wish I could be there to see it. (and hee! to the formal dining room!)

Kelladyjoust on December 12th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Next year, mayhap!
Stealth Chaos Butterflybunnymcfoo on December 12th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yes! *bouncebounce*
Goddessavhi on December 12th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Awww! Wasn't it just grand? First tree in your new home! ::beams in secret girlie understanding::

In my family, it was tradition to put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. And since we are Hispanic, the tree stays up till Three Kings Day (sure I'm Pagan...but its tradition!!) so a real tree would have died and done gone petrifiedin that time!

My tree is fake but its loverly (and prelit! Ah, thank the gods). And the rest of the decorations are up! Wee! We just put the lights up outside and the garage looks like a big present with a nice bow and ribbon. Now....to bake the cookies and make the Coquito! <---Puerto Rican Egg Nog....::whistle::

Happy Holidays!
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on December 12th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
I can attest to that, Avhi's tree is very pretty as must yours be. I think we should all take pics of our tree to share in teh christmasy goodness!
Goddessavhi on December 13th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks hon!

Ooh we should! Tree pictures for everyone! Who's up for it? :)

(Under-caffination never stopped me from being boing in the morning!)
Nim: facenimue9 on December 12th, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC)
For you, love: http://www.freewebs.com/adiloi/twigger.jpg . ~giggles~
Kelladyjoust on December 13th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC)

I just laughed soooooo hard at that!!!! Joy!