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  1. jodie filogomo

    My moms and I were just talking about traditions, and they like keeping the same ones over and over. I, on the other hand, love changing it up and trying different things. But we did put up a tree this year….we still enjoy that for now!
    OXOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  2. traditions are such a funny thing: when I was little I grew up in Russia, where we had a faux tree and it was a “done” thing in every “good” household. Oh, and there was no Christmas, only New Year celebrated. Then we moved to Israel, where even the New Year was barely acknowledged, but we always put the trusted faux tree, lovingly brought from Russia. Then my first husband (English) was horrified at the idea of a faux tree, as much as the current husband (German) is. This year, I found a company here that “rents out” Christmas trees in buckets. You water them and try to keep them alive. They come back for the tree and plant it back in the ground after the holidays so you can use it next year again.

    • Mother

      What wonderful memories you have of Christmas, I love how you call it a “faux” tree I have never heard this before. And I have to say the renting of the tree is a great idea I am surprised no one in the USA has thought of this. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  3. We still put a tree up, but it’s a simplified process these days. Our youngest grandchild is 8, and she still gets so excited for the day the tree goes up, with the train around it. We have gone to an artificial tree, though, and my husband actually wraps it with Saran Wrap and drags it into the storage closet fully decorated. Then the next year, we cut the wrap, spread the branches and rearrange a few ornaments. Voila instant Christmas tree! We won’t win any decorating contests, but the grandchildren are satisfied, and my husband doesn’t grumble about having to put the tree up.

    • Mother

      I guess I am an all or nothing when it comes to my tree, which is not a good thing. lol The grandchildren that are here in town have never paid much attention to my tree so it will be interesting to see if they notice I don’t have one this year. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  4. When my kids were young we always had a real tree sometimes flocked sometimes not, they were always taller than me, Im 5′ 1″ so thats not hard. But after the divorce things changed for a while then I remarried, our first year we did not have a tree, I was sad and it was not until some years later I bought a trio of small trees, I was excited and was able to really enjoy Christmas, so that became tradition until 2 years ago and my son was with us and encouraged me to get a real tree, so I did and I was ecstatic!!! So here we are 2017, Im still leaning toward the REAL tree and will also put up the trio which are decorated with old fashioned decorations and tiny Teddy bears.

    Thanks for sharing, I think will all you have going on your making the right decision.
    Have a wonderful week! And safe travels!!

    • Mother

      When I was a child we always cut down our tree on our property and I think that is why I am so attached to real. This will be the first year I haven’t had a tree but so far I am not too sad. I felt like my divorce liberated me to be able to do exactly what I want to do. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  5. I think traditions are fun but there aren’t a ton that I MUST do. We’ve gotten a real tree for a long time now and I do love looking at it, though I guess I wouldn’t necessarily mind a fake one. I can understand why you wouldn’t need one this year though since it sounds like you won’t be able to enjoy it much!

    -Lauren

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