Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Picking out our Xmas Tree 2008

After Breakfast with Santa (which included only cookies and milk, not an actual meal. Don't ask) we headed to a bookstore and then out to lunch at Solid Gold McDonald's. It features a lot of rock n' roll memorabilia, sort of like a Hard Rock Cafe only with Mcnuggets on the menu.

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That blurry top pic is of a Buddy Holly case in the restaurant. It features, among other things, an actual shirt worn by my favorite rocker.

After, a new tradition: post-Breakfast with Santa we go and pick out our tree. This was only the second time in my life I've had a real tree, and so we wanted a good one.

Yeah, two 'my bads' on this score: 1. everyone had been dressed for the Breakfast, not for galloping around outside in December 2. It was cold. Damn cold. 1 Degree (F) cold with a fierce wind. Yikes.

We still tried to put a brave face on things

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But after the second unsuccessful stop LuLu and Lump were left in the car with my niece; Smiley could not be dissuaded from joining us.

The third stop was the charm, the same roadside stand where we'd purchased last years tree.

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Surprisingly, it went into the tree stand plumb on the first try (to be then knocked this way and that by the Terrible Four, never again to stand perfect)

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The decorating shots you see took place a day later, but YaYa wasn't home to do it. When she returned she was furious, bringing up alleged slights in each of the last two holiday seasons.

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Finally I had enough of the moaning and groaning (she blogged about it for pete's sake!) and removed some items from the tree so that she could then return them to glory.

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I am never happy with how Christmas trees turn out in photos, as I think they lean to garish or cluttered when reduced into a 4x6 and stripped of their context. But I think ours turned out pretty darn sweet.

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6 comments:

Beth said...

Very nice...and it matches your decor! Did you plan that, or did Lisa? ;)

Rose said...

Love you Xmas tree!

Every time I see new pictures of your children, they seem to be getting taller and taller in such a short time.

Hugs, Rose

megryphon said...

That is a good looking tree.

Shame on Yaya for whining, (this is not the season) but good on you dad for letting her redecorate. I hope she posts those pictures on her blog to show that all is not lost.

o<\\\^) Jan the Gryphon
http://gryph-wotd.blogspot.com/

Bridgett said...

Okay, just thinking of 1 degree temperatures sends shivers down my spine. Yikes.

I think your tree is just lovely! I love the light blue garland. Very nice touch...especially since it matches your interior. :)

Congratulations on your second 'real' tree!

XOXO

p.s. I have loved the NKOTB Christmas album since it first came out! Such pretty songs....

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hard to believe we are less than a week away. Hope you have a great holiday :o)

Jeanne said...

Love the tree, and it looks nice in your house..,...to bad that it was cold.....and breakfast was milk and cookies go figure....
Nice that you let YaYa help with the tree, I don't think my kids ever did much with the tree,

Have a great day