Monday, December 17, 2012

Q: How many of us does it take to put up the tree?

Answer: Three of us, IF the cat doesn't "help."

Things are finally coming together, and yes, the tree is up and decorated.  It was the threat of an entire weekend of rain that prompted us to finally drag the tree indoors.  Well, that and it is only a week before Christmas--I guess it was time.

Emma and Joe got the ball rolling.  Hobbes wasn't as interested in the tree as  he typically is--I think our little kitten is finally growing up.  Sigh.  Here he is, boycotting the whole event:

 We scrapped the garland this year and opted for the tinsel again instead.  I dunno, tinsel reminds me of Christmas trees back in the day and I like that feeling.  It's pretty, isn't it?

Emma and Ivan, her boyfriend, put up the village and train last night.  I stayed clear, hence, no photos just yet.  The week is still young.....

All this decorating and getting ready for Christmas is exhausting, isn't it?  And the idea of taking this all down in 2 weeks is crazy.  It's so much darn work, it's killing me.


And Em too.


20 comments:

Grace said...

It's a very lovely tree...

Hot Rocks said...

Your tree looks gorgeous, Lin. I think it's a wonderful tradition to get the family involved with the Christmas decorating.....now if you can only get them to be involved in taking it down and packing it away!

vanilla said...

Beautiful tree!
It is exhausting work.
Hobbes has it figured out, though!

Patty Woodland said...

My mother always used tinsel and she was very particular about how it was to be hung.

I use glass icicles. I lose a couple every year so soon I will have to come up with something else.

Your tree is gorgeous. And it does seem a shame to go through it all for such a short period of time.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Dear HR Lady, All of the water blisters and itching has brought it to my attention that the "Christmas Ivy" you put up in the break room may be of the poisonous variety. I must admit that I did find it rather curious when you came to work in a full haz-mat suit instead of your usual trend-setting hip-waders, but I thought that you might be trying to demonstrate a good way to dress in order to avoid being sexually-harassed.

Candy C. said...

The tree is beautimous and I love exhausted Em!! :)

Secondary Roads said...

Our tree is up now too. Details on my blog. We went more toward the minimalist side of things. Looks good there at your house--even if the people are tired.

Marg said...

Glad our tree is so very small. I am exhausted just reading about and seeing yours. But it is worth all that work. It sure is pretty and fun.
Have a great week.

Duni said...

Yay! You got your tree up - it's gorgeous and I love tinsel too! Love the pic of Hobbes boycotting it all ;-)

Katnip Lounge said...

Cats are such good helpers!

Your tree is beautiful. I'd be passed out on the sofa just like you merely THINKING about putting up a tree.

Ann said...

Your tree looks great. I prefer the tinsel to the garland. As a matter of fact we put up a second tree this year and I went out and bought some tinsel for it

BeadedTail said...

Your tree is so pretty! It's nice you get to enjoy it for a whole week!

Catherine said...

See? That is why you need to put your tree up earlier. It's a shame to go through all that work for only two weeks enjoyment. ;)
xo Catherine

Lin said...

Grace--Thank you. Is there ever an ugly one? I think not. ;)

Hot Rocks--Oh, they are pretty good about that too. Well...the tree anyway. Isn't it all a lot of work?? I'm gonna just have a table tree when I'm 90!

Vanilla--Yes, he has. He gets to enjoy the tree without any of the work. Smart kitty. And yes, he's been under the tree knocking everything down already. Ugh.

Patty--I don't like the new tinsel because it doesn't really hang--it sort of clumps. But, it gives you the idea, I guess. And it isn't all full of lead!

Jerry--You will be happy to know that Morale Boosting is continuing in the Break room with supplies laid out for our 2nd annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. And yes, I had to actually make a sign that read "Please do NOT eat the candy and ruin it for those who want to participate." They stole the knives that we used for the pumpkin carving contest. Seriously.

Candy--It's all worth it....I think.

Chuck--Oh, I'm gonna have to check out your decorations! I'm with you--I like the minimalist idea. We aren't there just yet.

Marg--It is pretty and when it is up and we are enjoying it, it is all worth it. Then we have to take it all down again. Ugh!

Duni--Yeah, I'm not sure what his problem is. I think he is mad that we moved the couch and he can't go out the side door anymore. He's sort of stuck in a rut.

Katnip--The cats weren't too bad this year, although they are both eyeing the train and the village. It's a lot of work, but I guess it is worth it.

Ann--Oh good--another tinsel gal!! The new tinsel is sort of weird, but I still like the effect! I'm laughing that you put up a second tree too! :P

Beaded Tail--TWO weeks!! Hahaha! I will actually keep it up until the New Year...but not past. ;)

Catherine--It's real, though. If we put it up any earlier, it would be just a stick!!!

Petula Wright said...

Yes, lovely tree! And, now that you mentioned it, it IS a lot of work. We're still fiddling around with our tree. We got one that's a little taller. Now the star seems too small and there's a missing plug so the star isn't lit. Blah, blah. So by the time I get it like I like it it'll be time to take it down. :-)

Um, and I really must be missing out around here because did that say Em has a boyfriend. I'm sure I misread. I'm not ready for that. Thank you.

Lin said...

Petula--Time is getting away from us--you have a grandchild and yes, Em has a boyfriend...of over a year! Life sure flies, doesn't it? I thought of you yesterday...I put the hobos out on the edge of the train village. :) I always think of of evil plan to run away.

Karen and Gerard said...

Pretty tree, but your are right about all the work for just two weeks. I think it's even harder work taking it all down. Be careful of that tinsel though with your cats--it can be dangerous to them.

Nancy said...

And your cats don't eat the tinsel?? Mine would. Heck, we've not yet had a tree while we've had them because at least one of them would take it and build it into a house.

Sharkbytes said...

Beautiful job! I can't handle the get it out put it away part myself.

Veronica Lee said...

You all did a terrific job! Gorgeous tree!