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Thursday, December 02, 2010

I love snow. Please don't hurt me. I can't help it. It's just part of who I am. Those little bits of heaven floating gently by the window (taken from an Amy Grant song) just take my breath away. I'm like a little kid all over again. Bundle me up in woolens and boots, and I'm a happy camper. Let me make a snow angel and I'm in heaven (course, nowadays somebody has to help me get back up).

Christmas wouldn't dream of coming around here without snow. It's a prerequisite. No snow. No Christmas. Well, okay, maybe that's not true, but add snow with Christmas, and you've plunked me smack dab in the middle of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Do not take me out until spring.

There is one thing that's been bothering me lately about Christmas. I've had an artificial tree for most of my life. My parents tried a real tree once or twice, and complained about the work of keeping it watered and finally getting rid of it, that I decided not to have one.

But now with my new story, my hero owns a Christmas tree farm. The more I look into those and the tradition of it all, it sounds so, well, romantic. Now I'm wondering, real tree or fake tree?

And don't even get me started on the lights. Colored or white? It's a choice that faces me every year and no matter what I choose, I always wish I'd picked the opposite by the season's end.

So let's hear it. Do you have a real tree or an artificial one? And why? Also, colored lights, white lights or no lights?

Maybe your answers will inspire me to do something different this year (of course my tree has been up since before Thanksgiving). ;-)

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:36 AM  
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At 9:03 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Mine is fake, but I don't get it out anymore. It needs the lights replaced. I got halfway done with that and I've never finished the process.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I have to share that Di called me chortling with glee yesterday when it started snowing. LOL I barely resisted snarling at her but managed to rejoice in her happiness. :)

We've had a fake tree for years, but I'm toying with the idea of a real one this year. . .

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

We hit the Christmas tree farm every year. And every year Kevin grumbles about the needles. :-)

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Diann, you are so filled with joy this Christmas, it really lifts the spirits of everyone around you. What a joy you are! Thanks for the smile of the day picturing you dancing and laughing and playing in the snow like a child...and then having someone get you back up. The thing is, knowing you, I know that's totally true!

Um...I'm pleading the fifth for myself.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm with you, Di. I loved it the 4 years we lived in upstate NY. We had snow for Christmas and I was one happy camper!

As for the tree, I grew up with real ones. I love the smell. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to them and after years of spending Christmas with a sinus migraine, I opted for an artificial one. Now I can actually enjoy the season, although I do miss the smell of a real tree. And NO - sprays do NOT smell the same.

The one saving grace for an artificial tree is you can throw a bag over it and store it still decorated. :D Then next year - voila! You pull it out of the closet and plug it in. Instant Christmas!

Hey - it works for me.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love the scent of a real tree. Our is up and beautiful already. YAY!

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

We did a real tree for years until we realized it was bothering our son. We thought he just got head colds every Christmas. LOL. was the trees. Now we have a prelit artificial and it's very pretty.

I miss going out to cut the tree as a family but I tell ya, it's a lot of work. =)

I'm with you though Diann--winter is one of my favorite times of year. Bring on the snow, baby!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We have a fake (prelit with white lights) tree. No needles to clean up.

:) I love snow, too.

At 2:00 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

While I love reading about your joy and innocence with the coming of winter/Christmas/snow, I think you are NUTS!! Snow is pretty until you have to drive in it. It doesn't stay white very long...either the cars and trucks make it turn brown or the animals make it yell.... Well, you know what I mean. We are expecting our first major snow storm on Saturday down here in Indy. I think we'll hole up until next week!!

My DH is dangerously allergic to evergreens so we always have a fake tree. Last year we downsized to an apartment-sized 4 ft. white tree pre-lit with white lights. We decorate it with 1 inch blue ornaments and blue garland. It sits atop boxes covered with a blue satin-y cloth. So pretty even though our friends think it's a "Colts tree." LOL

If you want the artificial tree for ease of care, try burning candles with the evergreen scent. It's not the same as a real tree, but close!

At 7:38 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

In Louisiana, snow is rare and we get all giddy when we get it. Run out and enjoy it until it melts, which is pretty quick. :-) As to trees, we didn't put one up last year and haven't this year. Thinking of maybe getting a small one we can put up where Jack (dog) won't get it, or maybe we'll wait until we have grands. :)

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

Hi Diann, you would be very happy in Michigan with all the snow we got this week. It is still clinging to the trees in the woods I drove by this morning and looking lovely and perfect.

We do a live tree as it has been a tradition at our house since I was a kid. We head to the tree farm and cut our own and head home. We make an evening of it with hot chocolate and cookes when the kids were younger, a meal now. Colored lights and special crazy ornaments (long story). Our tree fits our crazy, funny family perfectly.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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