Saturday, 11 December 2010

tree for two


... like many families across the UK, if not the world, every year, The Viking and I set aside a special day to decorate the house and tree... and even though i'm a good Jewish boy, or maybe in spite of the fact that i'm a good Jewish boy... I simply adore this tradition.

... the day can be any day in December... sometimes it's as early as the first weekend, sometimes its as late as Christmas Eve... it all depends on what's happening with work and where we're going to be... this year we've come in nice and early...

... it's a magical day and it starts with going out to our local Christmas tree farm and cutting down our very own tree!... we tend to go for a Nordmann Fir, which has a fabulous blueish tint to it and tends to keep its needles quite well... we went for 6ft, 5inches this year... which is just touching the ceiling...

... the tree comes home and is placed in its special tree stand which we fill with water to feed the tree... this has worked so well for us over the years, it needs topping up every few days but keeps the tree nice and healthy looking until the 6th Jan.

... we then pull all the old decorations down from the loft and decorate the fireplace and windows, allowing the tree to settle until we decorate him last... we have a collection of old and new decorations that have been with us for a while... but they're all ice blue or white on the tree and 'Victorian' elsewhere... we both have design backgrounds and suffer from ADD so a tidy, well balanced but stylish tree is the only way!


... all this is done with a DVD of White Christmas on in the background and when it gets to Bing and co singing the final White Christmas, we're pretty much done and ready to stand back and admire our handywork...

... I was due to make mincemeat for pies today but I seem to be slightly paralysed by what i have planned to do... so i'm just going to sit back and enjoy the tree...

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