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White Beard
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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Well now that the Christmas Season has officially begun What is your favorite type of Christmas Tree and what type of Christmas Tree do you have? And lets add a few more questions to it, white lights or colored lights? Do you decorate a lot or a little!

I think my favorite Christmas Tree is the Frazier Fir, But I don't use a real tree any more I have an artificial one. I have both white lights and big colored light on it, and have it set up so I can have just the white lights on, or just the colored lights on, or both! I do decorate alot, not as much as I would like but as much as I can do and aford right now!

OKay it is your turn now!

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   Posted 11/29/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
     I can say that I really don't have a favorite...but I do like to see moving parts on them, like the bulbs that have bubbles running up in them, and mechanical ornaments that have moving pieces to them...and of course the Angel at the top. White Beard you have done an excellant job helping Chutzy out while she is gone for a few days. Take care my friend!

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   Posted 11/29/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   

I love EVERYTHING about Christmas...the last 3 yrs have been a financial struggle for us so we have celebrated the season minus the gift giving hoopla!  It has become about family, friends and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas!

I love all types of trees, decorated many different ways.  Personally, I have an Artificial Tree colored lights and many many ornaments, each hold a memory or was made by a family member.  I decorate my home to the hilt but done with taste.  It is truly a Winter Wonderland in the desert lol.  My kids are grown now and my husband does not decorate the outside of the house like he used to rolleyes   but the inside is done by me a little at a time (as my body lets me) until all the doorways are done. I have a 10 foot Archway in my Kitchen that I decorate with lighted garland!  ALong with the Tree and the Arch I love to sit with no other lights on and breath in the magic of Christmas!!

Thanks Whitebeard!!



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   Posted 11/29/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
We have a 6 foot artificial Douglas Fir. We use colored lights on it, with 1/2 of the strands set up as blinkers and the other half set up a steady on.

I assemble the tree each year and put on the lights and then my wife and son put on the ornaments.

In late October/Early November each year is when I put up the light outside of the house but I leave them off until Thanksgiving weekend and the turn them on every night at dusk until bedtime until New Years Day. They normally stay up until around March or April and then I take them down once I get a nice 60+ degree day.

I am more about decorating the outside of the house and never do as much as I want to. Unfortunately it seems I put up fewer lights every year.
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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
If I could plant a tree it would be the Colorado Blue Spruce, but they are not a tree for Texas...
I planted a colorado blue in Michigan at my parents home, and I planted one in Colorado Springs
where we had our first house....
But my indoor tree is artifical as I'm allergic to the real ones....and if Home Depots puts there tree's
on sale soon, then I'll be getting a nice pre-lit tree from them...
soft hugz to all...
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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Blue Spruce is my fav plus of course the handy dandy good fake tree.
i love to decorate but sometimes do not have the men in my life liking it too much.
Bah humbugs I guess. But do like to drive around on Christmas eve and look at everyones outside decorations always do that.
Christmas is about Jesus and about family to me. All the glitz and glitter is secondary.
Humour is always the Best Medicine!
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   Posted 11/29/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi White Beard!

We go out and cut a tree each year at the same tree farm we've been going to for, ohhhh well over 20 years. I always get a Noble or Grand Fir, they look almost identical. They have branches that stick fairly straight out so I can actually hang ornaments and they dangle free. I have a problem with the sheared, pointy ones that look like they were put into a pencil sharpener because the ornaments sort of lay on the outside, but my daughter loves them.

I use tiny white lights that I string because I like to take time and hide the cords as best I can. THEN others can help. Any more I get the lights on and maybe before I'm done hubby will come by accidentally and I put a few of his ornaments into his hands. He gives me the same look every year as if to say..."what do you want me to do with these?" Um, hang them on the tree like last year?...lol After enough ornaments are hung to fill up the size tree we have for the year, then it's time for hubby to install the Train. Some years we use a larger size plastic Christmas train and other years we use the real thing...his HO gauge set and My personal favorite. If there are small ones around a lot who just are too young to understand about keeping their hands off of the trains when papa's not there...then we use the plastic ones. I would rather have plastic than be constantly getting little ones out of the tree. It's to be a happy time, not a time to fuss over who's touching what. Another good reason to hang ornaments that ar e breakable real hight up...and the non breakable ones or the ugly ones that Aunt Becky sent in hopes that they WILL break...lol

OK, I've gone on long enough. On our drive home today we saw several rigs with Christmas trees tied on top or in the backs of pick-up trucks. I guess it's time to begine thinking about it. Thanks for the fun, White Beard.

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   Posted 11/29/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Chutz,
I do the Christmas train as well and have the Bachmann On30 for under the tree, no small children for us to worry about yet..
I also, have 3 N guage trains...
we could talk trains sometime...I had plastic trains when Jasmine was small, but the engines stopped working a couple years ago...
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   Posted 11/29/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am pretty partial to the plantation fir and I do like a blue spruce. But, since I like to put a tree up early I drag out my artificial tree. The last two years due to health problems I actually bought real trees at Home Depot. I am a fanatic about the lights, there must be lots and lots of them. Lights really make the tree. My fake job is 7 1/2 ft tall, so I put anywhere from 1,000 to 1,200 lights on it, now in clear. I do like for my tree to glow. I did red lights for many years, the inside & outside was done in all red, very pretty. I do enjoy putting on my favorite ornaments. I usually have lots of those on the tree. My daughter says too many, but hey I have more experience in this dept than she does, lol. The past 7 yrs I have not been able to decorate like normal because of health problems. This year I want to badly to get back in to decorating the entire bottom floor.

Great thread WhiteBeard.


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   Posted 11/30/2009 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Everyone, You see I have a 61/2 foot artificail tree really pretty it was prewired with supposedly a thousand mini white lights on it, I have only had the tree two years and I got it on sale right after christmas two years ago! Anyway Menards had these "warm white" LED lights on sale, they are really pretty and hardly use any electricty, so I got the bright idea of taking all the lights off the tree and replacing them with the LED Lights, the ones on sale has 210 lights on a string and you can put up to 14 srings together! Well I brought 6 strings that is 1260 lights that should be enough! It took me close to a week to get the old lights off, there are so many clips and plaste tie wraps that I could not believe I thought I could do this! Anyway the tree was suppose to have a thousand lights on it! Well it actually had only 750 lights, right now I have a 150 of the new LED lights on it, with any luck I should have it done by Christmas 2020! [img]/community/emoticons/turn.gif[/img] I really Hope I have it done by this coming weekend! I have the mantle on the fireplace all done and my other decorations up, I have to put up the nativity set yet! I have a ceramic one that I made at the ceramic hobby shop on base when I was in the military, they have all the molds and you can pour the pieces and do all the work on them and they have a kiln and they will fire them for you! That used to be a great family past time for us, make stuff at the ceramic hobby shop on base! Anyway I made all the pieces of the nativity including the wise men and shepards and animals, instead of glazing them and firing them a second time, I sprayed them with this stuff and then applied pastel chalk stuff to them with a brush and then sprayed this other stuff over them! They kind of look like Hummels and are very nice! I put the nativity set out every year in a manger that I made, and then the Baby Jesus is put in on Christmas Eve! And Yes I agree the Decorating is only Secondary to the real reason for Christmas! But isn't this one of the most beautiful and joyous holidays and time of the year? This is a time when everyone even all the adults can pretend and become child like again, and enjoy the magic of this Christmas season. Maybe just Maybe if everyone would let the innocent inner child come out in them and enjoy and celebrate the Christmas Season this world would be a whole heck of allot better place to be!

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