Twas the weekend after Thanksgiving…

The last of the crystal is finally washed…and I only broke one champagne flute and the resulting cut on my hand didn’t even require stitches! #winning

Washed Crystal

We always use the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas tree. The year our eldest child was born, we stopped getting real trees and bought an artificial one because we were worried about pine needles getting stuck in a crawling baby’s hands or knees (yeah, like most first-time parents, we were a tad over-protective), but this year for the first time in fourteen years, we’ve gotten a real tree. And not just any tree, but a 12-footer:

Xmas tree

I won’t relate the foibles and muttered curse words that accompanied getting this thing into the house and upright in a stand, but I will just note that it involved my husband having to run to Lowe’s in Ann Arbor for sand bags to help stabilize it. But I will say that if you live in this area, the Dexter Lions are selling beautiful trees, the guys at the lot are hilarious, and your kids get to “pick” candy canes off one of the trees, plus you’re supporting a good cause:

Dexter Lions eager to move hundreds of Christmas trees this year

Dexter Lions Club member Jim Koch stands next to one of the taller trees available at the clubs Christmas Tree sale at Creekside Intermediate School on Baker Road. The lot opened Nov. 22 and will remain open until the 1,027 are sold. Each tree has a tapered hole cut in the bottom so a tree stand (for sale at the lot) can fit into it.

Wherever you are, rather than getting your tree from a big mega-chain, why not  get it from a local tree farm or a fraternal club? Keep your money in your own community while reducing your support for made-in-China artificial crap.

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4 thoughts on “Twas the weekend after Thanksgiving…

  1. Other than buying our Christmas tree from the Lions and an emergency run to Lowe’s in the evening, we did no shopping yesterday. We liked it so much that we are not going to shop today, either. Eventually, of course, we’ll have to do some Christmas shopping, and I’m not anti-gift-giving by any means. What I object to is placing shopping and buying front and center of every holiday. As I commented yesterday, malls have begun REQUIRING stores to be open on Thanksgiving under threat of heavy fines; this is simply outrageous, and I will never, ever shop at Rivertown Crossing mall in the Grand Rapids area again, ever, because of that policy.

    I really believe traditionalists and progressives can stand together on this issue. Let us ask ourselves who, if we follow the chain of command upward, is pushing this consumerist agenda? Who is trying to replace our family time and traditions with a BuyMoar! attitude?

    We are decorating our tree today, sipping eggnog, and enjoying each other’s company. Eventually my husband and one of his brothers will go to visit my mother-in-law at her house to help her with some chores. Family first; buying stuff is a distant priority.

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  2. It must be nice to belong.

    That touches upon something that worries me about the increasing trend of delayed or non-existent family formation. Every time a man and woman marry, a new family unit is created, which fits into the larger, extended family. Their children, if they are blessed with any, will root them even more firmly into the larger family. This is really what provides us with a sense of belonging.

    If you remember the old TV show from the 90sFriends , you will recall how the modernistic idea that you can “choose your family” really flowered culturally when that show was popular. It is, of course, a lie. God (though some people think it was evolution) didn’t create us like that. Humans simply do not bond to non-kin as well or as easily as they do to kin (with the exception of an infertile couple who adopts a child, I would imagine).

    So it seems to me that there will be an increasing number of people who end up feeling like they don’t really belong, that their lives have no meaning or purpose. I don’t believe this is going to do anything positive for their mental health, and the fact that depression has soared as family-formation has declined is probably not just coincidental.

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  3. As a single man, there is little I can do. About a year ago, I did see a post about what to do with all the singles. Nobody had any idea.

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