Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It's a low country Christmas for us here... down in South Carolina, at one time, cedar trees were the popular tree to use in the house. Why, well, they were and still are plentiful. And, they were cheap, as in they grow out in the woods here, and along the banks of the rivers and marshes. So, just go cut one down. The "red cedar" that grows heartily here is not really a cedar but a variety of juniper.
I only had one cedar tree for a Christmas tree, back in the early 80's. I have to tell you, they don't hold the big lights well at all. the limbs are quite flexible and even droopy. So, heavy ornaments are out of the question. We ended up using clear miniature lights when we found the cedar we had cut wouldn't hold our big C-7 lights. This pic here isn't the tree we had, but an old image found on the Internet. We did however have strung popcorn on ours, it's light weight and the white popcorn looks very nice against the dark green foliage. If you do choose a cedar, do keep it well watered, as they drink lots of water and can dry out really fast. My cousins in NC always had a cedar cut from a field, I didn't like the look of them back then, but now, I can appreciate the down-home look of a cedar Christmas tree.
Days til Christmas............................. 7!!! Wow, it's getting close.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Another "what says Christmas more?" pic, here is one, two cute babies in rocking chairs infront of their Christmas tree. This is Christmas 1967, so I am about 1 yr 5 mos. at this point, and I think, yes, I think, but not certain that I am the one on the left. At that age, not even Mother can identify which on is which.
Love this pic for other reasons too... the old timey balsam tree is great... bet is smelled real Christmassy in there. Also, a sign of the residential architecture in the mid-late '60's, those aluminum framed louver windows in the living room and in the front door, along with some plastic sheeting over them... must have been cold that December.
And... those curtains, they moved with us the next year to the island house, about 10 miles out of town. Really miss those old balsam trees... and I really miss my red pajamas too!
Days 'til Christmas .................................... 23!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Here is the tree just in the house after the traditional and soul-tyring struggle with the stand. Yeah, it looks a bit wonky now, but I love a tree-challenge, we are much preferring the natural look from the self-chopped tree.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
In just a week the house and halls will be decked-out for the Christmas celebration. The tree pictured here came from a site on the Internet. It's a great tree, the kind I like with long wide spaced branches, plenty of room for the handing ornaments and icicles.
Friday, November 20, 2009
So, a pine tree may not be the ideal tree you think of for a Christmas tree. Fir trees are the standard these days... as they are readily available and shipped in from NC and VA. However, before the advent of the massive home store retailers and nursery/greenhouses offering trees for sale, most people had to go out and cut one down, so, it goes to reason that you cut down what was available in your local area. For instance, when Mother was growing up they always had a pine tree, not sure of the variety, but my grandfather went out into the marshy woods along side the swampy Savannah River. From what I hear, he set out with an axe and came back with a Christmas tree, home/locally grown, natural, and free. From this pics, these naturally grown pines can offer some difficult decorating challenges... few branches, long and up swept branches, extremely long needles, and often crocked trunks. All these things might give us pause these days when decorating. But, when having a tree in the house for the holidays, really does it matter if it's not perfectly shaped and grown on a picturesque snowy hillside in Virginia? No, these days, I am for "the homey-er, the better" look in a tree, and accept the decorating challenges. It makes me feel like I am being a part of the past when we go out and cut down our pine tree. It's one of the ways that Christmas has become more of a special time of the year for us. Again, I am going to post the picture from my mother's childhood home in Port Wentworth, back in 1950, one of those pine trees that Granddaddy cut down with his axe from the woods aside the Savannah River.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
See yesterday's blog post for what this tree looked like before it was decorated! The poor tree under all that white fluff really took a beating. The weight of the flocking, the lights, the bead garland, and all those blue and silver ornaments really took a toll on that poor skinny tree. But, it really looked snow covered now, didn't it?
That's Bret in the pic, one of my best friends from the CA days. God often blesses us with tremendous friends all through our life, and Bret has remained a good friend and loyal communicator for the past 8 years. He is a hoot, one of the funniest people I know, and talented to boot. B, I hope you don't mind being out there in the blogsphere. That was a fun night, the night that tree was decorated. It turned out to be quite a wild party, about 12 of those ornaments got smashed, and a couple of ashtrays and cocktails glasses got broken as well. But, it was great fun. The next picture is not the white tree, but it is the closest pic I could find... that shows what this tree looked like before it got flocked!
Thanks for checking in and reading my special holiday blog posts.
Days til we go cut down our tree...11! Temps are still in the '70's here, we have the windows and doors open, whew, it's warm for November.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Cant' resist the dig on the furniture... notice the clear plastic slip cover on the chair in the pic on the right.... gotta love the '60's!
Till tomorrow... Terry.