O tannen baum!!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  I always feel like a little kid in the days leading up to the big day.  At 173, we've always had some disagreement about when the tree should go up...of course I'd put it up on Black Friday but...  So, a great compromise was that I would put a tree on the front porch, pretty much at my whim.  This year I bought an artificial tree for the front porch.  I'm not into fake trees, but at $50 a tree, I thought it was time.  I think it turned out pretty good, especially when you consider it's really only seen from the sidewalk or street.

And here's a view from outside...notice it's dark out.  Not only so the lights show up better, but also because I'm still not ready for the big front porch remodel reveal...

Then, a week after the porch tree went up, the "main" tree was done.  THIS one's real!  Almost 9' of blue spruce (I think that's the variety):

Then a few pictures from around the house.  I love our entryway!

The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy. ― Andy Rooney

Ya know how when you've finished a job and you're all proud of it?  Well, I'm tickled at the way my phone stand turned out.  Just wish I had a better camera to capture the actual color and texture!

I love the needle-point Santa in the background!

One of my favorite ornaments, reminds me of the Linus-monster, and Bruegger before him!

If you look closely, you can see the front porch tree there in the distance:

And here's a shot showing both trees:

There you have it...a little Christmas decorating and a Merry Christmas to all!!
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