Friday, December 26, 2008

Got 'er Done!

The wind finally quit blowing and the weather held, 
if not at a comfortable temperature, at least at a bearable level long enough for the tree-cutting team to have success.  The part of the tree that hit the ground was about 12 feet tall and we trimmed it to 8 feet. We got it into the house, into a tree stand, branches trimmed, and best side selected before my sister and brother-in-law went home.  Ten minutes after they left, it fell over and spent the next three days as you see in the picture above, until the rest of the family arrived home.
With four extra pairs of hands, we managed to get the tree upright and leveled in no time at all.   Getting it decorated wasn't quite as easy. Apparently in this age of iPods, cell phones and Wii, decorating an old
-fashioned, country-style Eastern Red Cedar tree is not very cool for a couple of city teenagers.  But with cajoling from Opa and threats of  no old-fashioned, country-style meals from Oma, the tree managed to get decorated.  
But, I noticed on the above picture that we missed a spot--need to buy more ornaments when I go to Germany in September! 
So, with a few more little decorating touches here and there and hours of cooking, we ended up with a cheery and warm Christmas celebration with a small gathering of friends and family.  

I hope that you all had as happy a Christmas as I did and that your New Year will be filled with even more happiness.


  1. very pretty tree! I understand about this generation. I hope my grandchildren remember christmas here and want something simpler. of course if the economy fall out, simplicity may be forced upon all.

  2. I bet that tree produced such a wonderful aroma in your home. Too bad about it falling over at the beginning.

    It is 6:20 -rain and thunder - headed your way.

  3. It's been so long since I've gotten to have a real tree that I'm coveting yours. :) There's just nothing like the smell and the feel of the real thing. I didn't know you were going to Germany - I'm jealous of that too! blessings, marlene

  4. Yes, the tree did leave a wonderful aroma in the living room. Thanks to all 3 of you for your comments and I hope your Christmas was as nice as mine. Have a wonderful New Year.

  5. That turned out to be very pretty. Seems when the kids get older they don't want to help trim the tree any more. I coax mine into hanging their baby ornament and that's about the only trimming they do. When they were little they couldn't wait to decorate.

  6. oh, so pretty! There's such a special happiness with a real tree, isn't there? I remember as a child going with my Grandma up on the "hill" to find just the right tree, chopping and hauling it home. She had a million decorations in boxes, and she would let us choose what we wanted to hang that year. Lovely memories.

    Thanks for stopping by my place. Please come again soon.

  7. We had cedar trees for years. I loved the smell of them. When our son was about 16 we found out he was allergic to cedar. Guess we stressed him every December and didn't know it the first 16 yrs of his life!
    We will be visiting in Edmond OK, this weekend. Are you close to there? Our daughter lives there

  8. Janet and Janera - thanks so much for your comments. I live in a rural area and have little contact with others, so talking with you is very important to me.

  9. OsageBluffQuilter: check your email.
    Happy New Year.

  10. Thanks for stopping by my place with your encouraging self! Girl, if you think it will help one little bit, send my silly post wherever you like. Like it will make a difference.

    Methinks the gov. does not care one whit what Mrs. Garden Hat thinks. Silly people.