Good morning! As I composed this blog, it is the middle of October. But only SEVENTY days until Christmas-a favorite day of mine. I love decorating, baking, wrap-a-thon, and gift-giving. Today, I want to talk about another favorite of mine–Christmas trees.
When I grew up, my mom and dad bought some kind of fir. At home, Dad spray flocked it. He had a vacuum cleaner that blew out air and some magic potion for making the tree look like snow fell on it. Once the flocking dried, they put the tree in the living room front window. One year, Mom went red-bows and ornaments. We tested the lights to make sure all of them worked before laying them on the branches.
As a single girl, my roommate and I visited a Christmas tree farm and sawed down a Virginia pine. Handsome and I carried on this tradition with #1 and #2sons until the drought, and many farms went under. And the boys decided they didn’t want to go anymore. I miss the hotdogs roasted over a fire, smores, and the hayrides through the fields.
Over the last few years, Handsome and I went to a family-run Christmas tree stand. We bought the gorgeous Fraser firs. The incredible scent filled the house. However, over the last two years, we noticed the trees dried extremely fast despite our watering and keeping the room cool.
This year, I’m trying something new—ordering a tree online. Has anyone done this before? I order straight from the Christmas tree farm, and the tree is shipped to me within two days. My hope is the tree stays fresher longer. The price was a sticker shocker. But in truth, the same as the Mom and Pop stand.
I’m sure some of you are asking why not buy an artificial one? Handsome and I discussed this and aren’t ready to go there. (And I’d have to find a place to store it!!!) He said to try online once and see what we think.
And yes, I’ve written about my love for Christmas trees in “Twinkle Lights,” a story in Sommerville holidays too:
Twinkle Lights: When the owner of a Christmas tree stand has a heart attack, a do-gooder and a reformed high school delinquent-turned-lawyer meet the challenges of running the establishment; yet, when revenue goes missing, fingers are pointed.
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off: When a five-time baking champion teams up with her new neighbor for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn’t just about a ribbon.
Christmas Romeo: When two feuding co-workers win Christmas river cruises at the company holiday party, they discover each other isn’t so bad after all.
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Funny, sweet, and quirky, Vicki Batman’s stories are full of her hallmark humor and romance and will delight all readers. She has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, three humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.
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