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We trimmed the holiday tree, have you? · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We trimmed the holiday tree, have you? · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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We trimmed the holiday tree, have you?

We trimmed the holiday tree, have you?

Normally we apply for a permit and venture out in to the forest to cut our own tree down, this year since we just barely moved to our new hometown in September we didn’t have time to put in for a permit so we resorted to buying a tree instead.

A local boyscout’s troupe was selling holiday trees just around the corner from our house so we stopped by to check things out on Sunday afternoon. They had quite a selection of various trees in all shapes and colors.

We found a full one that was a greenish/ blue color. This is something we are not used to seeing as in Arizona all the pine trees are a plain green color.

We spent $45.00 on the tree which is funding the boyscout’s trip to Washington D.C and we headed home with our purchase.

After N drilled the hole in the bottom of the tree and got it standing up straight I took a photo of it in the bay window of our rental home. I even hung our new and fun stockings!

The tree came from Michigan and it is pretty! You can’t really see the unique color in the photo because I used the flash and it washed everything out a bit.

Next we hauled the boxes of holiday decorations that we could find up from our flooded basement and we started decorating.

What holiday season is complete without a struggle with burned out and tangled lights? Somehow we have like 4 strands are are dead now, luckily we had enough to decorate the tree…

Once all the found decorations were hung on the tree the cats began playing with the tree skirt and messing it all up. I suppose it is better than them climbing the tree and destroying everything right?

So here is what our finished and decorated tree looks like, we still can’t find the tree topper yet…

Again the flash washed all the color and glimmer out of the shot so I tried a few close up shots of the ornaments to share with you.

Have you started your holiday decorating madness yet? We usualy try to get our tree up as soon as possible since we are so quick to take it down after the holidays. Plus a fresh tree just makes the house smell so amazing!

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  • I got the decorations on today. And the cats are already trying to get the ornaments off the bottom branches!

    December 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm
  • In Canada, Thanksgiving is October, and we go straight from that, to Halloween decorations EVERYWHERE, to Christmas lights. At least you have Thanksgiving in November to break it up a bit! I don’t do anything until the last weekend before Christmas. I admit I love the lights on peoples houses early, but as for my living room, I hold out as long as I can. I take them down Boxing Day. When it’s over, it’s over!

    Loris last blog post..I am having an affair,,,, WITH MY HOUSECOAT!

    December 3, 2008 at 8:10 pm
  • T~ very nice tree 🙂 Due to the one new cat/kitten, I am considering an artifical tree this year. I really don’t like them, but this new cat is a pain! But really verrry cute! The boys will probably nix the fake tree, though.

    maiden53s last blog post..Hear Ye, Hear Ye and a Yippeee!

    December 4, 2008 at 8:18 am
  • We normally get our tree over Thanksgiving weekend. But I had to work, so we will go cut our tree this weekend. I love the smell that the trees give off! Your tree is beautiful and those are some snazzy stockings 🙂

    Beckys last blog post..I’m Sorry

    December 4, 2008 at 8:59 am
  • I think the tree is a blue spruce, and seeing the pictures sort of makes me want to put one up, but we’re leaving on Dec 18 and not returning ’til New Year’s. It would be a waste.

    Those stockings are awesome!

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    December 4, 2008 at 1:43 pm
  • I ususally don’t have a tree because I live in a small space. This year, I am just enjoying all the trees at the Christmas tree lot where we are working.

    Karens last blog post..A Breathing Treatment For The Truck

    December 11, 2008 at 11:02 am

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