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Christmas Tree

When I was a kid, we put up our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. My sister's birthday is three days before Christmas, so we waited until after that.

On my own, I usually got the tree a bit earlier than that, but not much. I'd keep the tree up halfway through January.

Then I had a baby on New Year's Day.

We take our Christmas tree down on the 27th or 28th of December each year and shift to birthday mode. Consequently, we get our tree a bit earlier in the month. Usually no later than the 10th.

Barbara's 2002 Christmas tree.

We picked our traditional tree: a Noble Fir. We live in Oregon, so we also paid our traditional low price.

We carried the tree home by hand. This has inadvertently become something of a tradition. We've managed to find trees within walking distance of our home for the last several years.

Usually I put the lights on the tree on the day we bring it home, but it was pretty late in the evening this year, so I waited one day.

Our decorating ritual has been the same for many years. The only difference being that we can now decorate the lower 3 feet of the tree with glass ornaments.

We always decorate the tree in the following order.

Our Christmas tree skirt is actually a tablecloth that I picked up at Target for $7 or so a few years ago.

I have a collection of hat boxes and ornamental tins. We place these underneath the tree.

Christmas 2002
Our family's daily Christmas activities for 2002.

Christmas 2003
Our family's daily Christmas activities for 2003.

Christmas Traditions
Traditions and rituals we've developed in our family.

Non-religious Christmas
Celebrating Christmas in a non-Christian family.

The Truth About Santa
My family's approach to Santa.

Christmas isn't about shopping, it's about the way we care.
- Peter Alsop

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