Thursday, December 6, 2007

It's Beginning to Smell a lot like Christmas

I understand why people use artificial Christmas trees. You don't have to water them, they're probably not allergenic, you don't have to buy one every year (although, they usually have to be replaced eventually.) Inhale. But they lack that one special quality. Fragrance. Sure, you can buy all the scented candles you want, but it's just not the same. Just walking down the aisles looking at the trees last night was enough to put me into an olfactory overload. Inhale. We picked out "our" tree, and brought him home. For me, the tree is always masculine. He's a part of the family, if only for a short time. Once we purchased a live Leyland Cypress, planted him in the ground after Christmas, and named him, "Leyland." We're very creative around here. We usually get cut trees, however. After the holidays are over, we take the tree to the next step in its destiny...to become mulch. This year we have a Frasier Fir. Inhale. He hasn't been decorated, yet, but he still looks pretty wonderful. Something I'd really like to do one day is plant a living Christmas tree in the yard. One that doesn't get more than 10' tall or so, and decorate it. I love those birdseed ornaments. Wouldn't that be fun? Decorate for the holidays and feed the birds all at the same time. Inhale. I hope you're enjoying the scents of the season, too.

5 comments:

Mom said...

I love that smell, and I love the trip to the farm to cut our own, but it sure is simple and quick just to bring the prelit tree up from the basement and start putting on the ornaments. Alas, where is the romance in that!

Mary Beth said...

LOVE a real tree. We went artificial last year and felt we were missing something, so we got our tree last weekend , it's up and decorated. LOVE IT.
inhale.

peace

sherrie said...

Mark used to raise it above his head and yell, as we imagined our cavemen ancestors did upon successfully downing a tree after following the herd for days...

Laurie said...

A couple of years ago, we had about 400 baby Praying Mantis hatch out of an egg sack that had been laid on the bottom branch of our Christmas tree! They were everywhere! So Christmas Eve we were taking down our Leyland Cypress and putting up the old fake tree we had. I have since gotten over the "ickies" of feeling like I have bugs all over me, and we get real trees again. The smell won over the bugs.

Pam said...

Yikes! I can definitely understand going to an artificial tree after having 400 Praying Mantis in your house. Ewww!