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What's in a tree?

December 11, 2011 - Kristy MacKaben
Everyone has their idea of the perfect tree. When I was a kid, my family loved short, fat trees....probably because we wanted a tree shaped like us! (Everyone in the family was a tad chubby, except for my mom.) Every year we picked out these morbidly obese Christmas trees. Scott, on the other hand, is much more practical. He just wants a tree to fit in the space we have allotted in our living room (which isn't very big.) It took me a couple years to get accustomed to these much smaller trees, which seemed almost anorexic at first. After eight years of marriage (six with children), I am no longer picky about our tree selection. I just enjoy the whole experience of cutting down a tree. From the horse drawn carriage rides to watching the kids dart in and out of trees, trying to find their favorite pick. This year we brought my mom and dad along for the first time. It was kind of funny seeing my parents trying to hold back. I know my mom wanted to pick out the chubbiest tree she could find, and I'm sure my dad was wishing he was the one holding the saw. I even caught my dad adjusting the colorful lights Scott and I strung around the tree. I'm sure it brought back memories for them. So, this year's tree, at first glance appeared to be a perfect shape and height. But, once we got it back to the house and after Scott lobbed about 8 inches off the bottom, the poor tree was definitely lacking. It probably came up to Scott's chin, and there were embarrassing bare spots at the bottom. It was definitely a lackluster tree...until we covered the thing in lights and ornaments galore. "This is the prettiest tree I've ever seen!" Julie exclaimed as we stood admiring the finished product. Now, that's my perfect tree.


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Scott had fun teasing Julie with this dead tree. She got so mad!