Well, it's that time of year again, but as I write this, David is taking finals at university, and he asked Gregg and me to decorate the tree for him, so that it would be ready when he arrived home. David did help us choose our tree at the farm, when he was home last month for a weekend, so we had his input and approval on this particular tree. Gregg and I went to cut it ourselves, after Thanksgiving, and may I go on record here as having told them while we were in the field discussing our many choices that this was a pretty big tree. Pretty big = very, very wide, and tall, as well. The trunk was so thick that we had to call for help cutting it. Gregg did his best with the saw, sweated for a while, and then caved and asked a staff member with a CHAIN SAW to finish the job. The tree was then loaded into a trailer on a tractor and hauled back to the shed for us. When we asked them to bale it so that driving home would be easier, we found it was too broad to fit in the baler at the tree farm. We have a big, fat tree. And it's beautiful.
I give you the tree of 2010, unadorned:
...and in process of being "decked:"
|...after Gregg put the lights on...|
...and fully adorned, with skirt and a few gifts underneath.
You do see how wide the branches are, from tip to tip, don't you?
Those are full-sized chairs flanking it.
We'll all be working around the tree for the next month or so.
It's lovely, and I'm very happy to learn to live with it.
Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree! How lovely are thy (very wide) branches!