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Friday Favorite: Tree Time

December 1st, 2017

I love having a Christmas tree in the house during December. We typically cut a little pine from our property, it’s never a beautifully pruned tree, but it has quirks, big empty spaces, and lots of character.

Our tree is always cut the first weekend of December, after we have arrived home from our yearly trip to Ohio to celebrate the holidays with family.

I’ll drape it with a few strands of white lights and some etched glass bulbs. Simple, and it doesn’t take forever to set up and take down. This year, I’d like to make some pine garland to hang around the front door. There’s no outlet, or I’d decorate it with white lights as well.

One thing I do miss about our Ohio house is the yards of pine garland and white lights adorning the outside of the house during the winter.

Luckily, I can string lights in the old apple tree, those are actually left on all year long. White lights really help brighten up these dark winter nights, they are probably one of my all time favorite things.

When do you set up your Christmas tree? Or do you decorate in other ways?

Still Holding On

January 20th, 2016

I admit, my Christmas tree stays up until long into January. Since we travel to Ohio during Thanksgiving and the beginning of December, usually our tree is put up a little later.
Christmas tree 1
I’m always reluctant to chuck it out the door when it’s still going strong. I do watch for dryness and needles on the floor, as soon as that happens it’s in the chicken run. Until that happens, it stays in the living room, bathing our long, dark nights in the gold glow of the big old fashioned lights. I think this little tree still has another week of life or so in it. I have only spotted one or two needles on the floors.

When do you take down your tree?

O Christmas Tree

December 7th, 2015

We always get our little Christmas tree the Sunday after we get back from our trip to Ohio for Thanksgiving. We no longer need to head to a Christmas tree farm, we just cut a tree from one of the many on our property.
Christmas tree 2
This year it’s the best one yet, tall enough to reach the ceiling, skinny enough to not take up the entire living room, and full enough to look nice.
Christmas tree 1
Christmas tree with decorations
I added the usual decorations of a few cut glass bulbs, glass teardrops, and two strands of C7 lights on a dimmer switch similar to this one, it’s perfection in my book!

Do you have a tree in your home? Is it a real tree?

Still Going Strong

January 15th, 2015

I don’t put my Christmas tree in November like many people do, but I do leave it up until mid-January. There’s just something about sitting around with the warm glow of the lights when the nights are so long. I also feel guilty throwing outside while it’s still fresh.
Christmas tree
It is getting to be about time to take it down, I noticed a few needles falling from the upper branches. That means it’s drying out and we wouldn’t want a fire hazard, especially with Mr Chiots being on the fire department and all. I’ve got it on my list of things to do this weekend. Thankfully the days are getting longer so it’s a little less depressing to take it down mid January rather than at the end of December.

When do you put up and take down your Christmas tree?

Oh Tannenbaum

December 8th, 2014

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

Christmas tree 1
We arrived back in Maine on Saturday evening right around 10 pm. I’ll share more of our eventful trip tomorrow. After coffee, unpacking and lots of chores on Sunday, we headed out to gather our Christmas tree in the afternoon. We like to cut a free range tree from our property, the less perfect the better.
Christmas tree 2
We found a sweet little balsam fir conveniently located right by the driveway and decided it would be perfect. Out came the ax and down came the tree. The trees in this area need thinned out anyways, so it’s nice to kill two birds with one stone so to speak.
Christmas tree 3
Of course I did double duty and took some photos for the glove company I work for, why not, right?
Christmas tree 4
Christmas tree 5
I trimmed it with lights and then later in the evening I pulled out my etched glass balls to dress it up a bit. A tree like this really needs not much more than one strand of lights, it’s simplicity is really what makes it beautiful. I will give you one great recommendation, put your Christmas tree lights on a dimmer switch, especially if you use the big old fashioned lights. It’s nice to be able to dim the tree in the late evening.

Do you put up a tree to celebrate the holidays?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.