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Everything about Christmas trees here!

When are you putting yours up - real or artificial - how you're decorating - colored or white lights - is your cat sleeping in it - did your kids knock it down -

Anything Christmas tree related.

I've had a 7.5 foot artificial in my gararge, but last year Mr man decided he wanted to cut one down. After the **** show that was I am going back to artificial.

My very nice neighbors from India had a brand new tree they never used they wanted to give us. I took theirs and tossed mine. Theirs was pre lit and new, mine had been through some tough times.

Well I'm putting it up now, and its not big. I think its only 6 feet. And kind of skinny. Its like half the size of last years. All around. Mr man is going to hate this when he gets home.

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this isn't going up for a few more weeks, but i celebrate xmas twice.



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I love putting up the Christmas tree! (Hate taking it down, though.) We did it last weekend. I love that my kids are old enough now to know not to pull down ornaments or otherwise cause a havoc.

Ours is a 7.5 ft artificial Douglas fir. We used to get a real Christmas tree, but DH finally talked me into getting an artificial tree a couple years ago. I'm a convert. No hassle of going to the farm and chopping one down, hauling it home, getting it to stand up straight in the tree stand, vacuuming up pine needles all the time, and figuring out what do to with the tree when Christmas is over. No fuss, no muss.
We always have a real one, it'll probably go up the weekend before Xmas (ie the 15th/16th) as it irritates me no end to have it up too early. It also droops pretty quickly in the heat and starts getting smelly, so putting it up any earlier is just a no-no.
I've bought some new white lights this year, the coloured ones we've had for years are old-hat and we can't get replacement bulbs for them any more, so I think they'll be in the bin soon. Decorations will be the same as always, I like my old bits and pieces, with their memories.
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My tree (artificial, pre-lit) is standing, half up in the living room since last Sunday. Yes, only half, because as we started to put it together, DH plugged in the lights, to realize that a row of branches, right in the middle were not lighting. I then plugged in the top, without attaching it, and found that half of that wasn't lighting, either. So much for pre-lit. This week, while at Target, I picked up a couple boxes of lights and will wind them in, right over the existing lights, and finally put it all together. Hopefully, we'll get the ornaments down and decorate today or tomorrow. If not, it will be next weekend for that.

To think: once upon a time, I used to put the tree up, branch by branch, wind strings and strings of lights, branch by branch, and decorate, all in one day.
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I'm trying to put as many lights and decorations as I can. I'm hoping it'll beef it up. Its not working.

I think my old one was 7.5 ft. This one is 6.5 ft. I didn't realize it was gonna be a foot smaller in width too!


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We have a 6.5 foot prelit slim tree that I absolutely ADORE. I got the tree up the day after Thanksgiving and decorated the following Monday. If I'm going to put the effort into decorating it I want it up as long as possible to enjoy. Even though it's prelit with white lights I run a string of color lights up the middle that do all the different blinky things. I have an ornamotion thingie in one light socket that has Marvin the martian in his spaceship spinning in circles.

KurlyKae!! I had the same issue last year with the very top of my tree and the middle so I bought a Light Keeper Pro (Target, Lowe's, etc. carry it) and it worked a charm! I only wish I had bought it BEFORE I shredded my hands up cutting the lights out of the top of the tree and putting new ones in. They most certainly do not make those lights to come off a prelit tree easily.

It also came in handy when we put brand new lights on the outside of the house and even though we tested them before putting them up, one section was out! I thought Mr. Spring's head might explode. A few clicks with the Light Keeper and we were back in business.

I'm fully aware I sound like an infomercial, but I just can't believe the darn thing works.




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Probably next weekend here. We traveled for a wedding the week before Thanksgiving, then traveled again for Thanksgiving, so our house needs some general TLC before we can think about decorating it. It looks like a bomb went off in here.

We have a prelit tree with white lights. My husband has allergies so he doesn't like getting a real tree, and he has something against colored lights (which just makes me want to use them MORE. Bwahaha.)

My family always got a real tree growing up, and I would love to get one, but the hubby nixes it. After my parents ended up with a bug infested tree last year (ew ew ew....it makes me shudder just thinking about it), I don't think I'll ever be able to convince him to get one
Spring,I'm going to look for that Light Keeper Pro, thanks!

cmb? Bug infested tree? That's criminal!

I've had white lights since we got married, but now I'm sort of wishing we'd gotten the multicolored pre-lit tree. Of course, had I done that, I'd wish I'd gotten the white one. Maybe I need one of each!
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Spring, mine is pre lit with color, and I ran a couple of strands of white around it, LOL.

I generally like white lights, but I feel like colored is more fun for the little kids.

Most of the time I do minimal ornaments and let the tree show through. This year I loaded it with ornaments, and red crochet bows, and white crochet 'tinsel' (which is sorta like yarn ribbons), and candy canes.

I want more ornaments. I don't usually buy them BC I don't usually like them.

I hate tree toppers. I haven't found one that I like. The past several years I've tied a large red ribbon in a bow on top, and let the ribbon go down the sides. This year someone gave me a very pretty gold star so I'm using that. I'm not liking it.


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I love the way white lights look, but I had to have that fun little color going up the middle dancing around. It's just enough color so I get the best of both worlds and it's easy to add that one strand as we're putting the tree together.

A bad cell phone pic and the gold grapevine star on top looks crooked, but here's the tree this year.





Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I cannot wait to get some fairy lights up. I hope it snows snows snows!!!
spring, I love the idea of running a string of colored lights up the middle. If you don't mind, I may 'borrow' that idea, if I can get to Target before I start putting on the ornaments.

I can't see the colored lights in your picture, but your tree is beautiful. I love the red and white motif.

I finally got the extra lights on the tree and the top on, too. At least that part is done.
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Borrow away!

One suggestion, and you may not care one way or the other, is I like to get the colored lights that do the different functions (like fade, flash, slow fade, etc) so it's like a mini light show in the middle of the tree. They're a little harder to find these days, but places like Big Lots, CVS and Walgreens usually carry them. Just thought I'd suggest it in case you're interested. Mine does 15 different things and I set it to the "combination" mode so it rotates through them all.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I got rid of all my trees a few years ago along with a huge collection of other decorations. But I still have my village and my collection of nativities and assorted other favorite Xmas stuff.
These are now my 'trees'.
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Here's a pic of my mom in front of the tree when she was in her late teens. I always feel like a bit of a slob next to my mom. She has always dressed to the nines. : )

One of our trees when I was a kid. Yes this is how Christmas has always been. Piles and piles of gifts.
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Borrow away!

One suggestion, and you may not care one way or the other, is I like to get the colored lights that do the different functions (like fade, flash, slow fade, etc) so it's like a mini light show in the middle of the tree. They're a little harder to find these days, but places like Big Lots, CVS and Walgreens usually carry them. Just thought I'd suggest it in case you're interested. Mine does 15 different things and I set it to the "combination" mode so it rotates through them all.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
ooooo, I like that idea. Since my tree lights are steady glow, the blinking colors sound like fun.

Jeepy, I love you "trees." I usually put some ornaments in a glass bowl, but the clear vases looks great. More ideas....
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I love the way white lights look, but I had to have that fun little color going up the middle dancing around. It's just enough color so I get the best of both worlds and it's easy to add that one strand as we're putting the tree together.

A bad cell phone pic and the gold grapevine star on top looks crooked, but here's the tree this year.

Originally Posted by spring1onu
I do that same ribbon over the top/sides. Mine is red. Your tree looks way taller than mine!


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iroc, I think it's just the angle because I was sitting when I took the (lazy) picture (from my recliner). This is one from 2010 when we were still in CT and I did the ribbon as garland along with my red wooden bead garland instead of down the sides.



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Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
^ I think I have those beads! I have mine looped in front of my living room windows.

I like your ribbon wound around the tree too. I wanted to do that this year. Maybe I'll get long enough ribbon next year.

Last year we actually strung popcorn. That was fun.



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