RDP Wednesday: Recommend

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are there,  standing in a row
Which one shall I choose, I really do no know
It will be in the living room, taking up a space
It will spread out its arms, needles all over the place
On the eve of Christmas the candles burn so bright
So a bucket of water must always be in sight
We once had a burn up when twig began to singe
It smelt like a bonfire and I began to cringe
So why do I bother, it is safer with a wreath
It stays more compact,  does not burn underneath
I decided to leave the trees, or perhaps something smaller
If I forget it is burning, there might be a squaler
I recommend ignore it, next year the needles fall
But they look so neat and tidy lined up along the wall
Perhaps a plastic tree is better, I can keep it all the year
Just a dust down and vacuum and then there is no fear
Who needs a Christmas tree, you are better off to miss
Just hang up some mistletoe and seal it with a kiss

 RDP Wednesday: Recommend

17 thoughts on “RDP Wednesday: Recommend

    • When I had all four kids at home and they were smaller we always had a Christmas tree, the bigger the better. In Switzerland we tend to burn real candles on the tree, no electric. When I saw the trees today I was surprised. there were not as many as usual, but I think people tend more today to buy artificial trees rather than the real thing.

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  1. I enjoyed your little poem. Do people in Switzerland buy their tree for the beginning of December like the French or do they wait till the 15th and then put it up on the 23rd like the Germans?
    I’d love to have you contribute to my advent calendar, I think you would be a fun addition 🙂

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    • Tradition is more in the German style, but me being a Brit we mixed it a bit and put the tree up in December. It is less stress for Christmas, and I find the kids should be included in the Christmas. The idea in Switzerland is to keep the kids out of the room where the tree is, the adults do the decorating and then the kids can come and see the tree.
      To be quite honest, I am a complete atheist, and do not celebrate Christmas or today even have a tree. I just enjoy taking photos of the action. The only Christmas present I make is for my grandson. However let me know what I should do, and I will contribute, but it will not be very Christmassy probably.

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  2. I have a little artificial tree, but I didn’t put it up last year. I made a table top arrangement and called it Christmas. I decided that was a benefit of being retired and single, but it was festive and I think my cactus might bloom. I just got my own Christmas present — 4 new tires. Be still my heart!

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  3. In my apartment building we aren’t allowed to have a real tree as it’s a fire hazard. I have a 6’ artificial. One year I decorated the bookcase too but it was a pain remembering where everything went!

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  4. Can you imagine how dry those trees will be by Christmas? They cut them down far too early. We have a Christmas tree farm just down the block. They cut most of them early, like now, more of less. But if you are willing to wait, you can tag your tree and get it cut exactly when you are ready for it. I don’t like real trees anymore. I love the scent and the whole “thing” of a tree in the house, but it gets the dogs all worked up and not in a good way. AND it makes a godawful mess.

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  5. I like the smell of the trees too but they do go on sale way too early, especially for our hot climate. We used to get one, as late as we could but even the week or two that it was up it would get dryer and dryer if the weather was hot, and Adelaide summers are hot! I was sweeping up pine needles for days after the tree came down. The cats thought the tub of sand was kitty litter too which didn’t help. Now we have a plastic one and I generally stand it on a low table so that Polly is not attracted by the dangly objects and Cindy doesn’t remove them with a swipe of her tail. We’ve never used real candles, much too dangerous.

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    • Always seem strange to me to have Christmas in Summer celebrating perhaps on a beach. We had a special glass bowl for trees and would fill it with water. Real candles are the tradition here. I remember when my mum and dad would visit at Christmas and my mum got so nervous about the many candles burning on the tree. There are a few home fires at that time of the year unfortunately. We stopped already having a big tree when we had our cats.

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