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O Christmas Tree

Our tree went up on Tuesday, but we finally decorated it last night.  Our musical accompaniment was Jay's Christmas Collection which includes such classics as "who put the dick on the snowman".  I had to click past a few songs, but mostly I was tolerant.
We have a housemate for the winter.  Denise is a seasonal ranger who didn't get rehired by the park service this winter.  She'll be guiding for the same company Jay works for and needed a place in West.  We have plenty of room and in she moved.
Denise joined us for the decorating of the tree.  She brought some of her own ornaments and stories which brought out many of our ornament stories.
I have one ornament that belonged to my stepfather when he was a little boy.  It's one of those classic glass ball type ornaments with some angels on it.  I am amazed that it has lasted this long.  There are several RVs because they were a popular gift from my mom when we lived in an RV.  (we had no tree during that time, because there is no room for one in an RV.  But I saved the ornaments.)  I have ones that Jay & I bought during our travels, and a few that I made or friends made. 
I got a little choked up when I pulled out Clyde's ornament.  This is our first christmas without hime.  There is also one for Franny, now nearly five years gone,  and one for Dusty.
Back in 1986, my ex husband and I moved across the country from Massachusettes to California.  We thought we had moved a box of Christmas stuff, but unfortunately when we went to open the box we thought contained ornaments, we found that it contained something else.  Our decorations were gone.  We had no money.  I mean really NO Money!  We had really splurged to buy a small tree, and now had nothing to decorate it with.  So I made some dough ornaments and a paper chain and strung some popcorn.  I'm so glad those days are gone.  For many years I kept the star I made from cereal box cardboard and tinfoil to remind me of those days, but a couple of years ago I tossed it.  It was pretty chewed up.
Anyway..may your christmas and tree and holiday of your choice be merry and bright.  and here's a pic of this year's tree.


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Dec. 14th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
oh, pati. What a pretty tree, and what a great story.

I don't have a tree this year. I just got my stuff out, put lights in the windows and a few things here and there. In my rottings I found the stocking and ornaments that I had or that people had given me for Leona. And I cried, too.

Bless you, and Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Solstice...

And I hope I hope you don't hold it against iwokeup that that person has no manners and even less class. While Christmas brings out the best in some folks, it seems to bring out troll behaviour in others.
Dec. 14th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I really like having a tree. It's important to me. I would have to be really sad to skip it.
No prob about that person, I deleted the comment and banned him. that's what I get for having public posts!
big hugs!
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
That is such a lovely entry. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. :) Pretty tree too. :)
Hugs, Jon
Dec. 15th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
From Becky
Great post! I left all my ornaments with my parents when I went to grad school and this first Christmas together, Roger and I realized that although we both enjoy Christmas greatly, neither of us had decorations. No tree this year, but over the years my uncle had given me Nutcrackers. Roger was delighted as I unwrapped these little guys and placed them around the room. I bought a small packet of red bows to tie to the stairwell railings. It's "Christmasy" enough in here. Next year, a tree.
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