Well, the Christmas tree is up. We went aluminum. I had planned on going green because Cheri really doesn't like this one but Karly decided on aluminum and Cheri said she really didn't care this time. (She's not too much on decoration, which is unthinkable to me.) Cheri also decided she wanted to replace our old green tree with a new one. It was getting a little scruffy. So she gave the old tree to Karly's mother who didn't have one. So, we went shopping for a tree for next year and much to my shock and amazement, there aren't any! There were, but this seems to be the year everyone decided they needed a new one, and everybody sold out! Out of 2 Wal-Marts, one of them had two 4 foot trees for $100 and two 8 foot trees for $200. The other had one 6 foot tree but it was "flocked" and those don't look very good after a few years. I didn't even check the price.
I don't do live trees for several reasons. One is I like to keep the tree up all through December and with a live tree, that can be a problem. Then you have to do something with it and that can be another problem. Anyway, nobody seems to have any live trees out either, and I really can't figure out why that is.
I guess I like the aluminum tree because it's unusual. The last factory to make them shut down a few years ago. I also like it of course, because we had one when we were kids, so there's some nostalgia there. When my Mom died, my brother actually found our old aluminum tree, so he puts it up at his house. It's just a bit bigger and fuller than mine, but not much. The old color wheel was missing so he shines one of those laser lights on it. Looks pretty sharp. I haven't bothered digging mine out. You're not supposed to put electric lights on them, of course.
Anyway, we got it up and here's Karly showing it off.
WHat a lovely tree, and brings back memories of the 50's and 60's. ;) I bet a laser on it would be cool! Just careful it does not reflect into your eyes.
Do you have a small green tryy? I have a 2 foot tree somewhere. It was my father's that he used in Vietnam. If you have a little one, suprise Cheri with it in the bedroom. :)
I heard most places have few trees because of supply issuyes and the few they have are not cheap. Welcome to the new normal.
And look! You were watching Raymond on television! ;)
David and the CoolCyberCats
I think our Dad must have bought our first aluminum tree from Sears in about 1960 or 1961. My brother still has the original box but I don't remember what the price was. Expensive for the time though. My brother had the idea of the laser lights, the kind you set up outside to shine on the house. For whatever reason they just don't seem to hit your eyes. Must be that the tree diffracts the light in a way that it just doesn't bother you. Either way, I didn't bother digging my laser out this year, but when the Sun shines on it through the window, that thing sure sparkles.
The odd thing about the tree supply is, everybody started out with plenty but they all sold out. And that doesn't explain the lack of live trees. There are tree farms all around us, but they're not selling them this year. That, I really haven't figured out.
I let Cheri control the television, even though she complains that I don't. Of course, I've been watching a lot of Christmas movies, although I still haven't seen a lot of the classics. 2 weeks ago I was playing in a bar and saw "It's A Wonderful Life" on their television. (I couldn't hear a word of it but I probably know the script by heart anyway.) A few nights ago I caught "White Christmas" on at 3:00 AM. I watched part of it then gave up. I've seen "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2" twice, "Christmas Vacation", and "A Christmas story". Still a lot I haven't caught. John