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Advent Calendar Memories – The Christmas Tree

Did you have a real tree or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree? What types of Christmas tree did your ancestors have?

This is a picture of my Christmas tree this year.  It is a 9 foot pre-lit artificial tree. It is a beautiful tree fits perfectly in our picture window! When my son was younger we always purchased a real tree.  Not just one tree, but two!  We thought it would be nice to have 2 trees in the house – one in the living room and the other in the family room.  One big, one small.  The first year we purchased the two trees, my son was adamant that they had to be placed next to each other.  They needed to keep each other company, my son would say…so every year thereafter we had one large tree with one small tree right next to it.

When I was younger we would always purchase a real tree every year.  That is, until we moved to New Jersey where we had fireplaces and radiators to contend with…  My parents worried about the dangers of the tree catching fire.  A solution was finally found by taking a large branch that had come off of a maple tree in our front yard and having Dad mount it on a couple of 2 X 4’s!  We decorated the branch and placed it in our living room window.  Were we the talk of the town!  People would drive from all around to see our “Christmas Branch”.  We kept the tree in the basement and brought it out each year for many years.

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