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December 06 2014 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Oh Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree  
*singing* Are you fake or reeeal?

Our tree is fake though it is hard to tell. We were buying real trees and then when I moved like 5 years ago my cats had more reign over the house which meant a real tree was out because in the past they'd climbed the darn thing. So instead we thought we'd go fake but that required buying one. And then my Aunt stepped up and decided she couldn't have a normal shaped fake tree but a tall skinny abomonation! Wish I had a picture. Point is she gave us her old (expensive) fake tree. It really looks real. See...

I circled Mickey & Kermit from yesterdays 25 Days of Christmas post. LOL

Now, there are some people like my cousins who are highly allergic to trees (everything) and they never have a real tree. So I'm wondering, is your Christmas tree fake or real, cut or potted? Maybe your Christmas tree isn't green at all? Or maybe your tree looks like this:

Didn't I say we have Peanuts on our tree? Well, we have a Peanuts tree too!

So like I said, we go fake but the question is when do your decorations go up? We tend to put our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving (US). This year we decided to do it the weekend before Thanksgiving meaning we had Christmas decorations up while we were eating our turkey. This didn't bother me though typically I like one holiday to be over before another starts. So do you wait for December? Or are you the type to put the decorations up right before Christmas?

Even as a kid we put our tree up right after Thanksgiving and I remember breaking out the records (I know shocking) and listening to odd songs that no one seems to have heard of (that is another post) or listening to The Monkees (I kid you not). We'd dance around the tree putting on ornaments while our dog tried to take them off. It was the best! Sometimes I think my dog thought we were being unruly children and other times I think he thought it was play time and taking them off and making us put them back on was a game to him. *squishes* Don't care cause he was awesome (he gets a post too).

Taking them down was never as fun but we got goodies as an enticement to put everything away. My mom would give us Cokes and Cookies but we had to help. We'd typically wait until after January 6th (which we called Armenian Christmas) to take everything down. We still wait until after the 6th.

When do you take Christmas decorations down?

Days Left Until Christmas: 19
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wings128: Star!velvetwings128 on December 7th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
We have a 6ft fake tree which goes up on 1st Dec, and gets taken down on 31st Dec, because I believe the new year should start without shadows of the previous lingering about. Start fresh, if you will.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 7th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
That makes sense and it is a lovely idea.

For us, I don't know if it is just holding onto the holidays or if somewhere back a couple generations January 6th was actually celebrated as Armenian Christmas. *shrugs* I have not idea but we've stuck with it.
tracyj23: Winter - snowy daytracyj23 on December 7th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
January 6/7 is orthodox Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so if previous generations of your family were religious orthodox that could be why the tradition began.
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: SPN Christmassireesanwar on December 8th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
It is possible it is part of the Armenian Orthodox Church.
tracyj23: Snoopy/Woodstock Christmastracyj23 on December 7th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
The secretary at my kids' school has a Peanuts tree like that on her desk too. Makes me smile whenever I see it. :)

We do a fake tree too for the same reasons - we used to have a cat. We bought ourselves a very large tree about 10 years ago, it's thick and full and has those bluish green needles. I love it. It's 7 feet tall because we have 10 foot ceilings in our house.

We usually put it up on second Advent weekend, which is this weekend, but I am sick as a dog with a flu or some G I thing and tomorrow is Nik's birthday so I think it'll be waiting this year. Take down is fairly fluid - whenever the kids have time because they love to help put on and take off.

Edited at 2014-12-07 04:44 am (UTC)
Jill aka Jo: Holiday: Ornamentsireesanwar on December 7th, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
Isn't it cute. People who stop into the office tell us how cute it is.

Oh that is amazing. I would love a huge tree. I always love those tv movies where they have the big grand house and a huge tree in the living room or in front of the stairs or something. Something to aspire too, I suppose.

Wow, that is amazing. Even not I hate taking the tree down.

Gosh, I hope you feel better. This is just such a bad time of the year to feel icky.
tracyj23: Wintertracyj23 on December 7th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
It is lovely, except it takes up half the living room so we have to move furniture out to put it in. :) But it is beautiful.

It really is. And I do feel icky. Slightly better today and I'm able to keep liquids down at least, but still, blech. Better now than come Christmas concert day or Christmas itself I guess.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 8th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Ours takes up more room than we have and we just have to push things out of the way.

That is very true. Good way to look on the bright side.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 8th, 2014 11:21 am (UTC)
I can't even remember the last time I had a tree. My mom usually has some branches in an old milk can that she puts some decoration on and last year she had an arbor vitae, that worked well enough too.

I saw some great ideas made of wood in a magazine this year, too.

When I was a kid, the tree was set up on Christmas Eve and we had to wait for the bell to ring when the Christmas Angel was leaving, so we could go see it and the presents. As we're celebating on Christmas Eve over here.
And we took it all down on January 6th, I think
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 9th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Really. I love having a tree. I'd be sad without it.

I'm also into creative decorating. Making decorations or simply coming up with your version of a tree. I love the ideas.

Interesting. I kind of like that but for me I would want the decorations to be up longer.