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Yay! We put our Christmas tree up yesterday, so here's a very bad picture of it. I don't know why it's so bad...it's from my phone, but it uploaded to the computer in a huge size. I feel I should be able to upload it as smaller size, better quality.

ANYWAY - yay, we have a 7-foot-tall fake tree on the table, with tinsel and two kinds of lights and beads and baubles and a bell and a star. And chocolate things, which are essential.

Do you get a tree for Christmas/ Yule/ whatever you celebrate? When do you put it up? Do you cover it in tat or do you make a classy, themed tree? Do you put presents under it? Is it real or fake? Do you have any family rituals?

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dave_t_lurker
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Looks like the image is quite noisy from there not being enough light when you took it. Phone cams need lots of light to give good results.

I've a 6 foot fake tree up here, it is lacking in choc things though, this will be rectified ASAP.
pickwick
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's it with the brightness and contrast bumped up a bit, too. Maybe I shouldn't have taken the pic with only the fairy lights and a small lamp on :)
zotz
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
It gives it a nice Victorian-painting feel, though.
dave_t_lurker
Dec. 12th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, the noise gives a nice canvas type texture.
poliphilo
Dec. 12th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
Our tree has been with us a long, long time. So have our decorations, though most years we add something new to the ensemble. This year I bought a couple of lovely, blown-glass baubles which shimmer with prismatic light.
carrie2004
Dec. 12th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
I got a small 4 foot fir(real) tree this year.I always get it int the first week of december and put it up right away.This year I decorated in blue and silver garlands and balls.
The lights are multi-colored though.I already have about 5 presents under it but I am far from done christmas shopping.I didn't put a tree skirt under it though, I still haven't bought(or made) one for that yet.Someday...

P.S. I love your tree, it looks very sparkly!
moonhot97
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
We have an artificial tree (used to have real ones but cleaning up the needles got too much for me ma) that goes up, along with the decorations, on the first day covered by the Christmas Radio Times. That's our family tradition.
nextian_cutie
Dec. 12th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
We bought a pre-lit artificial tree last year - mostly to combat my mold allergies and also to keep the cats from eating the fallen needles. LOVE the pre-lit thing...stringing the lights is no fun! (taking them off is worse!)

We just put our tree up yesterday and got it all decorated. As for ornaments, I have sort of a theme...sort of. Burgundy and soft gold and frosted glass with glitter balls and teardrops. Then we have a variety of little specialty ornaments we gathered from our travels and ones I've handmade over the years. Anytime we visit a new place, we try to pick up some sort of Christmas ornament for the tree. It's fun pulling out each one and reminiscing about each trip. We also have a set of clip-on birds made of beautiful hand-blown glass that was given as a wedding gift from my best friend.

One of my favorite things though, is that we store some lace angels I made several years back in this box that my best friend sent. She grows catnip and one year, she sent our cats a little baggie of her dried stash. Well, anyone who has seen catnip in its dried state knows that it could be easily mistaken for some other "herb" that is illegal in the US. So Jen labeled the box, "Catnip - not drugs" all over the box then inside wrote, "Contents: CATNIP". We giggle every year when we pull those angels out of there.

Oh, and our presents ALWAYS go under the tree. We even bought the tree a little short just so I could build a little platform to put it on, complete with a custom tree skirt I sewed, just to make sure there was room underneath to put prezzies. That, and it leaves room for the cats to play without destroying ornaments and lights. We're always very careful to put non-breakable ornaments down low!
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