Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Why is Your Christmas Tree Up Already?"

The neighbors see this in our front room window and are texting Lucinda to find out what is going on.

Let me explain.

It's not that we are trying to be the first in our neighborhood to have our Christmas tree up. In fact, we have a rule in our home (well, actually it's more of a guideline) that we don't put the tree up until after Thanksgiving. So, the fact that there is a Christmas tree currently in our front room in July is highly unusual.

In fact, it's the first time ever.

Back to the explanation.

We got the four trees back last December; they were the last four trees of their kind on sale at the After Christmas Sale at Target. They were all factory sealed in the box and there was no "sample tree" on display to give us an idea of the colors or the textures of the branches or anything. So, we snapped them up anyways. Now, I'm normally pretty particular about my fake trees. You know how some of them on the market can look pretty cheap. We were hoping that because the retail price on these trees was pretty high, that they would turn out to be the better quality of fake trees. The only way to know for sure would be to open one and set it up.

So that's what we did.

I put it up late Saturday night and at first I was disappointed. I was pretty sure that we had bought the crappy, cheap looking trees. Out of the box, the tree looked like a cat that had just been though the washing machine - everything was matted down and stuck together and the needles were not at all what I was expecting. But after some careful work separating the branches and twisting here and turning there it started to look a little better.

My sister, Wendi, and her family came up from Provo this past Sunday. They just got back from a charity trip to Haiti, and we decided it would be a good time to invite them over to see the pictures from their trip. They also brought up some of the ornaments and decorations that they had planned for Brittany and Randy's trees. Lucinda and I brought out the boxes of decorations we had for Vicki and MacLean's trees and we all shared ideas.

Lucinda took the tree that we set up in our living room and tried some garland and ribbons and other ornaments on it just to see how it all looks together. One side of the tree was decked out in the theme for Vicki's tree, the other side was decked out for MacLean's.

We found that we liked the colors we had picked for Vicki's tree better than we had previously thought. There was some concern that they would not look good on the tree. We also like the colors for MacLean's tree although we may add a third color to give it some more depth.

We did have a major concern with MacLean and Brittany's trees. We may have to buy two flocked trees. Do they even make fake flocked trees? We looked on-line to see about flocking the trees we already have, and it's possible, but it may include taking off lights and I really don't want to do that. It sounds way too complicated. So we may be in the market for a couple of seven and a half foot flocked trees now.

But, in the mean time we need to take the Christmas tree out of our front room. It's still way too early to have one up.

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