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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oh! Tannenbaum

2007 has been a rather eventful year to say the least. A couple of weeks ago I finally set my mind to it and pulled the Christmas tree and the rest of the decorations out of the crawl space. Setting up our gen-u-ine plastic tree in front of the window sure did brighten up the house. Once I put the tree together and got the lights up the little kids had the fun of putting all the ornaments with Christmas music in the background.

Boy did they have a blast. Of course only the bottom half of the tree had anything on it at first. I had to help spread stuff up to the upper branches.

At the other half of the family, I had the usual complaints from the big kids about how we need a real tree and that it just isn't the same. That's because up until a couple of years ago, we used to go out to the Christmas tree farm and cut down a fresh tree. We originally went to K&K in far north Orange County and then to a farm in Anahuac where we had to ride a hay ride out to the area where we could pick out the tree. Both places had great cider and fresh popcorn after the tree was shook, bound and mounted on top of the van.

The best tree was in 2000. A & I had gotten married the year before and had Ian 11 months later. That year we had the usual 10 ft tall tree that I had been getting in my 18 x 80 single wide. Well this time I wanted a BIG tree. We had a great room with a real high ceiling and I was gonna use it all.

We got a tree that was so big that I had to climb to the 2nd floor just to put the star on top! It was a beauty, but that wasn't the best part. The best part was that the tree was SOOOOOO big that the bottom branches were high enough off the floor that Ian was able to walk completely underneath the tree without even noticing that it was there.

It was such a funny site to see this little baby taking his unsteady steps right under the tree like it was the most normal thing around.

The trees, the gifts, the decorations are great...but let's remember the real reason for our celebration... with appreciation to Mallard Fillmore:

May you all have a blessed Christmas. I hope we all get most of what we want and not what we deserve. Peace and Love to all.

Mary Do you know?

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