09 December 2010

The Art of Living

And so this is Christmas....


Captain V. and his three Gifts on the 'look out' for the ultimate Christmas tree.
It's hot and sandy in my corner of the world, so searching out the perfect tree is a task best done is shorts and beach clogs, I kid you not!
The tradition each year is that the children take it in turns to choose 'THE' tree.  2010 was Gift #2's turn.


There is quite a science to the choosing of the tree and when it is found there is much excitement!


Cpt. V channeling his inner-aborist.


Our Christmas tree is most gently strapped onto the 4WD before finding its way home to be decorated by three clever kids.

This year is not our turn to have the children and they went to spend their holiday time with their Mum on the weekend. The tree which they glammed up before they left is a glittering reminder of their wonderful energy and there are lots of lovely gifts beneath it waiting to be shared in the New Year!

Do you have a 'live' tree in your home or are you like my Mum who digs out the box of beautifully preserved plastic branches each year?

PS There was meant to be a final photo of the decorated tree, but my camera is having a mini-feud with my laptop and I can't upload it....yet!


PPS This post is being re-gifted for Friday's Fun here, enjoy!

24 comments:

  1. Such a lovely tradition.

    My Boy gifted us with a boxed tree last year. He became tired of setting up our old boxed tree. When he sets it up and lights it all is magical. Just miss the smell of pine but don't miss the dropped needles due to the dry weather.

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  2. Ooh, thanks for reminding me I need to go and water it!

    F x

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  3. Nothing beats a real Christmas tree. That smell to me is synonymous with the true meaning of Christmas because it takes me back to innocence of childhood (we had a real one each year) and the joy the season filled me with. We have one of the beautifully preserved plastic numbers nowadays and I have to say, while not smelling gorgeous at all, it is a stunning (albeit fake) tree! They have perfected artificial trees over the years I think.

    I love your tradition of choosing as a family. Lovely :)

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  4. Hi Felicity, thank you so much for stopping by. I was up in your beautiful town last week. Fortunately I only had one day of rain. Thank you too for your lovely words - I think your blog is beautiful too. I am a linen girl - I just bought THE most gorgeous linen doona cover and pillow cases. Speak soon. Shaz x

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  5. I will have to wait for the big reveal then!!

    We have a plastic jobby... Ironically it feels more 'environmentally friendly' to have a plastic tree. Madness. x

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  6. I so love a real tree - the smell, the feel, the memories, it makes Christmas time so much more real for me. This year we are going plastic and I am trying to be happy with it. So love this tradition - the memories in the future will always come flooding back with the smell of pine and bring a smile to their faces. Naomi xx

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  7. What a fabulous tree tradition!

    We are getting our tree at the weekend and I am very excited. Christmas can start in our house once the tree is up. I always go real - I love the smell.

    xx

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  8. A gorgeous post, Felicity. Since being an exchange student in Germany in 1989, I have only ever wanted to have a real tree. We're about to start scouting around on Planet Baby for this year's. J x

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  9. It's lovely to hear your tree preferences gorgeous girls.

    It is a wonderful experience to have the pine-scented rush when you enter our foyer but I totally agree about the mess.
    Perhaps I need to get the beautiful Tina at Rubies' Place to make me a tree skirt!

    Felicity x

    PS Jane, no you didn't miss a WoW post, I did.
    The internet was down for most of Wednesday hence the missing post. Keep your eye out for next weeks' word! x

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  10. I love real trees although my 6yo won the battle of the tree this year and has her version of real which is a horrible plastic one! Sad you won't have the kidlets with you.

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  11. Nice, we go real for sure. Love the smell.

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  12. Beautiful post!!!
    I have a fake tree. I do love real trees - but since I already own a perfectly nice fake one I can't justify buying a new one each year. Also, I'm not sure I'd be able to deal with the needles dropping everywhere :-) xxxCate

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  13. What fun! My tree comes out from under the bed every year. Like Cate, we go for the one-tree policy. And I too have issues with the needles... But I miss the scent of pine in the house. Mmmm.

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  14. aww the hunt for a tree looks fun

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  15. So different, hunting for a tree in warm weather! (although i'd rather it!) We pull ours out of a box. My oldest son gets a little sneezy when we have a live tree in the house. I do love the smell of a real tree though!

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  16. Loved this post Felicity, it captures the quintessential thing about our Aussie Christmas perfectly - flip flops & boardies! No Chrissie tree here @ The Hedge, MOTH the grumpy Chirstmas Grinch banned them years ago, say they remiond him too much of Christmas - DOH!
    Millie ^_^

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  17. We have a plastic on..if we had a real one our beagle would pee up it ....

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  18. I sure miss all the pine trees in the Lake Tahoe area where I used to live. There aren't many here in Oklahoma.
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  20. Gorgeous photos! Until this year we were DINKs and the most we ever bothered with was a few decorations on a poinsettia plant. This year, given it is Little E's first Christmas, I had planned on a "proper" tree (altho' hadn't decided on the real vs plastic issue). Then about two weeks ago Little E learnt to crawl. So our tree is a 45cm plastic-fibre- optic-$8-from-Coles number that is standing well back and out of reach on a sideboard! Maybe next year.

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  21. This is hands down my favorite way to get a tree!

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  22. I miss that smell at Christmas. My folks have never had a fake tree...ever! We used to do what you do Felicity. We cut one down from the side of the road where the pine forests were. I think I'll be ditching my tiny fake tree for a real one next year. I dislike fake trees so much that I can't even bring myself to buy a normal sized one.

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