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Rich Trevino Inactive Member26 Nov 2011 9:58 a.m. PST

Me? I pulled a 4 foot tree out of a box I bought at Walmart. Already has lights on it. Trying to make it "look right" (nice cone shape, fake branches covering all sectors) will be a never-ending battle, it seems.

But I like Christmas tree lights.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2011 12:17 p.m. PST

What to do for Christmas/holiday decorations…as
little as possible !

Space Monkey Inactive Member26 Nov 2011 1:16 p.m. PST

I like ornaments and lights a lot more than the fake tree. I'm just as happy to string them up around the house on their own.
Also, I stayed up late last night with an ex-girlfriend making paper snowflakes… first time in… a long long while.

NightskyWildfire Inactive Member26 Nov 2011 3:08 p.m. PST

We have a fake tree we've been using for about the past 15 years that we bought at Caldors with my dad's senior discount. It may be time to replace it with one that has the lights already on it, since the last few years it seems to drop as many needles as a live one.

I can't be bothered to go through the aggravation of lighting up the exterior/shrubs/etc.

I've got my BAH HUMBUG on especially early this year as two of the local radio stations switched to 24/7 Christmas music the day after Halloween. Throw more gas on the fire with all the "Black Friday" BS that the media has been inundating us with.

Here's a fun snowflake link to pass the time.

(I am Spam) Inactive Member26 Nov 2011 3:45 p.m. PST


Jemima Fawr Inactive Member26 Nov 2011 6:13 p.m. PST

The flayed skin of a reindeer.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2011 9:35 p.m. PST

Spent the afternoon putting lights in a row of bushes and around the front door. Inside wife has a series of large labeled storage boxes for each room she decorates (8). We get a good sized tree each year and usually have around a dozen family stay over several days.

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Nov 2011 3:26 a.m. PST

We have two Maine Coon cats, so no tree we string a couple of thick artificial garlands along the fitted cupboards in the room and decorate with all the things that usually go on a tree.

Some of the decorations go back 60-odd years, but I still like getting new ones.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2011 4:03 a.m. PST

usually it's a trip down to visit the folks and help them with their tree. This year, it will be sitting in Kuwait with my Army chums, thinking about being with my folks.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2011 4:19 a.m. PST

Our cats normally don't bother the tree – although this
year we have 3 which have never seen a Christmas tree,
so it might be, uhm, 'interesting'…

Our's too is an artificial tree, and it may be time to
replace it.

Alxbates27 Nov 2011 6:29 a.m. PST

I don't do anything for Christmas decorations – I have occasionally needed to be reminded that it's Christmas, I don't keep track of the Holiday. It's nothing but stress and bad memories.

That said, I do enjoy receiving gifts, and it's fun to buy stuff for my friends, and this is a socially accpetable time of year to do it, so, I participate in that aspect.

Otherwise, bah, humbug.

Space Monkey Inactive Member27 Nov 2011 12:47 p.m. PST

Excessive yammer about 'Black Friday' has pushed me in the opposite direction…
I'll still decorate the house but I'm increasingly inclined to make things for Xmas presents rather than buying them. Not to save money but because it feels… better. I've been working on a dollhouse for my friend's kid… and I might take care of the rest with some baking and a couple of small paintings. One kid is getting a huge stack of my old comic books.

Martin Rapier28 Nov 2011 7:20 a.m. PST

I drag out the same artificial tree we've had for years and then string up the same old decorations on it we've had for years including all the snowmen made out loo rolls etc the kids made when they were little. The various drapes, holly wreaths, mini christmas trees are all put in their usual spots, followed by the solemn ceremony of unrwapping and positoning each chipped china figure in the nativity set.

Any deviations from either the routine or placement of said objects are met with serious displeasure by our (grown up) children). Its traditional!

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member28 Nov 2011 7:55 a.m. PST

Will likely put up a tabletop size tree in the living room,w/ornaments. Put a wreath on the front door,amybe a few electric candles in the window. Already got a couple of boxes of cards to deliver or mail out.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member28 Nov 2011 10:21 a.m. PST

Honestly, I go CRAZY!
Already got the 13 foot tree up, lights outside, wreath on the door…
Still have the banisters and the rest of the house to do…
eggnog !

Lentulus Inactive Member29 Nov 2011 7:20 a.m. PST

My wife loves Christmas. When we moved into our new house 6 years ago just after she finished treatment for leukemia, I bought a 12 foot artificial tree – son 1 has allergies, not deadly but why should he get stuffed up? The decorations have been in the family for years and we really have too many. This year son 2 wants to bring in a bunch of friends from residence to decorate it.

If it was just me, I probably would not bother. Midnight mass is great, I am not one for the pagan ge-gaws.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2011 4:58 p.m. PST

In years past I have gone from bah to wow! All kind of depends on what the significant other of the moment wants to do.

This year the tubs of Christmas decorations and the fake tree come out this weekend. It seems that the key words this year are going to be traditional and simple.

All that being said I get a lot of joy out of the holidays.

Last Hussar30 Nov 2011 5:07 p.m. PST

Also, I stayed up late last night with an ex-girlfriend making paper snowflakes… first time in… a long long while
Is this an awwww moment?

cavcrazy03 Dec 2011 9:11 a.m. PST

The holidays are fun around my house because my wife is Jewish, as is our daughter. I am Catholic, so every year my daughter and I go out and pick out a tree and we bring it home, after it settles we decorate the tree with the usual ornaments, along with some that belonged to my grandmother, its all very nice. We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukka so our house is pretty festive.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member03 Dec 2011 11:31 a.m. PST

Herself just put the tabletop tree up this morning. Moved a stack of CD's to make room for it. A smaller tree also in the living room is on top of a table by the recliner. Might also see about a mini Festivus pole.;^)

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2011 12:41 p.m. PST

The wife and daughter take care of it. She wants it a certain way, I don't want to or have the time, and the kid likes to do it (but she clashes with the wife). As long as the tree has the crazy look with decorations (no "gold and red" theme) I'm good. The more homemade decorations the better.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member05 Jan 2012 7:30 a.m. PST

Took 'em down and stowed 'em on New Year's Day.

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