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Friday, December 22, 2017

Our Last Real Christmas Tree

I don't have a picture of our last real Christmas tree but the photo above gives a hint. So I'll explain.
Upon recollection it seems for years we had gone  to a local Christmas tree farm and searched for the perfect tree often coming close but....  Then one year after much searching we found one, cut it down and brought it home. It was perfectly shaped, filled with thick full branches and only a little too tall.  Mrs. T. and the boys stood it up in the proper place while I laid down,  got the trunk into the tree stand, screwed the fasteners tight and hollered "ok let it go".  Whereupon, it fell over on top of me.  So naturally, thinking I had goofed on the "put it in the Christmas stand part," I repeated that operation more carefully without any mistakes.   And, of course, it happened again. Now, using my great analytical skills, my and sons and I took it outside  to shorten the culprit believing it was too tall.   Voila! It was in that process we discovered  that  "the perfect tree" trunk  divided into two trunks and, of course,  they were of unequal weight.   Later, I learned that  this was the rare "WISHBONE TREE EFFECT.
    Many of you may remember when that bone was saved from  a whole chicken, a  contest ensued by two people pulling it apart. The person with the biggest piece got to make a wish.
The rest of the story.  I lost my temper regardless of the season and chucked the tree off the deck. Fortunately, Mrs. T came up the idea that we should go to Rochester and buy a beautiful artificial Christmas tree ready to go and we had for years without it ever falling over.  







12 comments:

  1. Well, it sure made for a good story, anyway. :-)

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  2. Must have been frustrating for you. I remember our first tree when I was growing up. It was the year the Bubble lights came on the market. At least that was the first ones we knew about but then we were country people. We may have been behind. lol

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  3. Hah! That is great. We switched a long time ago. I guess because we were often away for Christmas or near it, and we wanted a tree for most of December before we left.

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  4. Yes, I've had the artificial tee for years. It doesn't fall over or shed much.

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  5. i can envision the flying tree perfectly, LOL

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  6. A delightful tale. Goodness, I remember having real Christmas trees and the joy of decorating them. Sigh...

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  7. Ha ha, enjoyed your story and would never have guessed at the reason. Never saw a wishbone tree before.

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  8. Mrs T is very smart. I bet you said a few choice words too. So you got some snow for a white Christmas! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Oh, I haven't had a real tree in at least 15 or so years. I miss the wonderful smell of a real tree.

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  10. My favorite part of the story is where you chuck it over the deck. I'm not laughing AT you...just with you. I've never had a tree fall over, but I can only imagine the frustration.

    On that note: I will admit to hurling a vacuum cleaner out the side door...to my children's horror. :)

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