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The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
Here are my top 10: (in no particular order)
All 3 M*A*S*H Christmas episodes they made:
Death Takes a Holiday
The Bob Newhart Show:
His Busiest Time
I'm Dreaming of a...
Tips for Buying a Fresh Tree
I will do that fresh cut of the trunk.....that was my problem last Christmas.....the tree lost so many needles....even tho it was fresh....the problem was....since I didnīt cut the trunk....the tree...
It was bound to happen. The political debates of global warming have reached Christmas. But the attackers who swear your SUV*is killing the planet are taking a fresh approach when it comes to Christmas. You’d think they’d be up in arms about the tons of wasted paper represented by Christmas wrap or perhaps we would [...]
We ALWAYS had real trees growing up. Now, I live in an apartment and real trees are not allowed. Putting up the fake tree is less fuss--you don't have to stand in the cold looking at dozens of trees, no chopping off the bottom of the trunk with the old, dull saw that we only used once a year, no spending hours adjusting the tree in the stand to make sure it's straight, no picking up needles on your hands and knees off of our old FOREST GREEN carpet...sigh...
But, given the chance to have a live tree again, would I do it?
YOU BET I WOULD!!!
Nothing beats the look and smell of a live Christmas tree.
I remember when everyone touted buying artificial trees was better for the planet. Now real trees are better for the planet? Right. I will beleive that when I see it. I think it's better for the person selling them to get more money. That's about it.
We used to do real trees every year up until two years ago. I talked my family into artificial. Mainly for the following reasons..
1 - It can be up and ready to go after halloween/thanksgiving or whenever it is we put it up.
2 - It is pre-lit. I connect the cords, plug it in - I am done! Don't get me wrong, I love decorating - but if I can save some time and some cursing - I will.
3 - They don't drop needles, they don't need water and they don't have sap.
4 - The stand comes with it and I don't need to level it
5 - Artificial trees today - rival mother nature. I can assure you the trees I have - if they smelled like trees - you would never know the difference. Even if you touched it.
6 - I don't throw it away, I don't waste 100 bux and I can save it for many Christmas' to come. Hell, quality artificial trees are airlooms. They are built that good!
So, save the live trees for those that want them and keep them planted to help make O2 for us and provide shade to keep the earths temps down.
To each his own, but I'm a real tree man from way back. It's as much a part of Christmas for my family as anything else is. The time my son and I spend together on the trek to get our tree would be worth well over 100 dollars. Our tree usually costs about 50 dollars. For me, it's the only way to go. But, as I said, to each his own.
__________________ "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." -- Bing Crosby
I agree, Storeytime. We use an artificial tree now because we have to -- not because we want to. Living here in the dessert guarantees that any fresh tree you buy or cut down will give you five days before it becomes a serious hazard or an utter mess.
But the artificial tree has it's problems too. We made the mistake of buying a beautiful flocked tree. Pre-lit, the works for about $200. We put it up around Thanksgiving and by the middle of December we lost half the lights. We fixed that with more lights. But this year I've got to trouble shoot each branch by flakey frosty branch to straighten it out.
It's messier than all get out.
Meanwhile, my kids are missing out on a tradition I adored growing up. We'd all pile in the station wagon and head to the mountains of Northern California to cut down our own tree. The arguments my mother and my sisters had while selecting the perfect tree were classic. The grumbling and swearing by my father as the tree was cut down and hauled to the car was legendary. The look of the tree and the wreath my brothers and I fashioned and attached to the grill of the old wagon was priceless. And the event of getting it home late in the afternoon, getting it in the house and set up and decorating it was magic we repeated Christmas after Christmas. I've give anything to be able to do that with my kids now.
But when you live in the land of barren nothingness you either get an Oregon import that is strip mined in the month of October and sold on asphalt for $100 or you have to win a lottery for 50 trees in the entire state that are sold on BLM lands. Both will cause you to lose your Christmas patience, if not your spirit all together.
As it is, I practically have to close my eyes when we pull the dumb thing out of the box. That's how little romance there is in it.
We've even stategically planted our own trees here in hopes of someday having our own. We figured it would take 5 years or so to harvest one. We're on year #7 and we're up tp about 3 feet and looking pretty sad. Our soil and our climate just can't sustain Christmas life.
While nothing can match the look or smell of a real tree, they really should be left in the ground where they belong. With that in mind, if you must have a real tree, try to get a potted tree that you can replant after the holidays!
If its not a replantable tree, be sure its properly recycled. A chipped tree provides valuable mulch and ground cover as well as animal bedding for zoos and shelters.
I would love a real tree, but my husband is allergic, so we use an artificial tree. In the past, I've always purchased cheapie trees, and they end up looking so sad. I think this year I'm going to splurge and get a really nice one.