Friday, December 5, 2008

Bah Humbug Day

Ever wonder why Ebeneezer Scrooge was such a grouch?  Putting up the Christmas tree!!  Every year for as long as I have been single, Christmas Tree Day has found me muttering "Bah Humbug" and many other expletives under my breath.  Today was Bah Humbug Day.  In an effort to make this special day of the year a little less stressful for myself, I bought a new, slimmer, PRELIT tree.  Once I hauled the 100 pound box up my basement stairs, fluffed each and every branch, put it all together, figured out the light situation, the rest was a piece of cake.  The tree is up , twinkling , decorated and I am feeling that rosy glow of Christmas coming over me.  ( That could be the wine, I'm not sure.) Anyway, today is December 5th and my tree is ready to go. I will deck the rest of the halls this weekend.   I proudly present the end result! Noel Arrive as they say in Paris!

The Tune du Jour is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Amy Grant

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Olivier said...

je préfère après ;o)) beau travail de décoration.
I prefer after ;o)) nice job of decoration.

Tash said...

Gorgeous result from a few furry sticks. (I liked getting a peek in the house too - very nice.)

Julie said...

Somehow I seem to associate this song with Andy Williams.

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RoeH said...

I actually thought I was the only grouch about that. I even remember the year when we finally got it up and decorated and the &^!$*& thing fell down.

Janet said...

Looks like a tall tree...and beautiful.

Jane Hards Photography said...

You are an early bird. Pretty as a picture though. I'm still Bah humbug. Now the CDP portal has not updated my image for 2 days. I really do think the Manx Mafia are after me to sleep with the fishes.

Anonymous said...

such a beautiful tree, well done!! Have a great day

Halcyon said...

I put up my tree while the family was here for Thanksgiving. My sister is the master of tree decoration - it looks beautiful. And so does yours!

MadAboutParis said...

Hey Virg...I left a comment yesterday but it didn't print - drat! Anyway Jay appreciated your reference to him, he remembered that model - OF COURSE. (Although he was questioning what that little doodab was in the upper left corner of the console. I thought it was the filler for the 45's -eh?)
Also told Babooshka that there is a lovely children's book by Wm Steig called When Men Wore Hats - it's a charmer.
Your tree is "Southern Accents" worthy!!!

PJ said...

You've done a beautiful job with your "smart" tree, Virginia.

Rob said...

Funny; I deignate the entire month of December as Bah Humbug month. Glad you got your tree up without too much trouble. Looks like a beaut of a tree! Now, enjoy that wine and bask in it's illuminating glow.

John-Bryan Hopkins said...

Hey cheer up!

Look at all the friends who reply to your blog!

Go have a good meal

From you Southern Foodie friend

Laurie Allee said...

I had my Bah Humbug day over the weekend. I didn't feel like dealing with all the ornament boxes crammed in our garage and by the time I got my own pre-lit tree up and my husband had dragged all the boxes inside I was ready to just go to bed. My little girl said, "Mommy, does everyone get mad at Christmastime?" AGHHHH! I snapped out of it right there, put on the Johnny Mathis Christmas album and decked our halls within an inch of their life!

Our tree is not nearly as spectacular as your, my dear. Lovely and festive -- despite the grumblings it took to get there!

Wayne said...

I don't like the idea of you dragging heavy boxes up and down the basement steps. Be careful or get some kid in the neigbourhood to do it.

For the entire 40 years or so that my folks did a Christmas tree the ornaments were kept in a large cardboard box with big red letters that read Bananas. Decorating the tree was always a big deal when we were kids. You couldn't pay me to do it now.

I think my folks may have left the artificial tree decorated all year eventually.

Virginia said...

Well what a gentleman you are to worry about me and those steps. The year I moved here I had not been in this house 3 weeks when I took a load of ornament boxes down to the b asement, missed the last step and SPLAT. When I told my mom about it she said, " I knew you would do that, but not that soon!"HA Yesterday it was like trying to drag a coffin up. I think the new tree will do down 3 sections. So long box!

Will Jay sleep better if I go down there and see what that thingy is that is stickig out? I think it's the 45 adapter maybe. I would love to buy that Wildcat for UJ for Hannukkah!

Foodie, My tree is up and today i have had a lovely lunch at Bettola with two friends. All's right with my world. thanks!

Virginia said...

My granddaughter Eva wants to write you . Her Kittykins looks like yours. OH and one year I had mine all decorated and had finally gone to bed and CRASH! My golden retriever moved in for the ornaments he liked and had mouthful when Kathleen got it back up. It was a tangled mess! I am telling you, the tree can ruin a perfectly good holiday..

You just snap out of it and put a smile on that face. Go bake some Christmas bread and help Karen get the blankety blank tree up.

Merrill said...

hi mums, i see you did not mention that i have put the lights on your past trees! guess i am off the hook now. come on over and join the fun with our annual tree fiasco, it never disappoints!


Rob said...

OK, ok, I'll get back to baking. Watch out waistline, I'm back to baking!

Virginia said...

Melissa's right . She has in the past helped with the lights from time to time. Her tree history is very similar to my disasters. This year there is the added element of Kittykins to contend with. I am up a tree!

alice said...

We are going to buy our tree tomorrow morning! But we are used to keep it outside and to wait the kids come home for holidays to decorate it inside.
Have you heard Serge Gainsbourg chez moi today?

Diederick Wijmans said...

Oh...what a wonderful tree! We usually put our tree up towards the 13th December, after St. Lucia.
We will spend Christmas in Wine paradise this year: open fire, hunting dogs, many relatives and friends together ogether with my son and daughter-in-law, after they have come back from their honeymoon. I love Christmas!!

marley said...

Putting up your tree turned you to drink! Lol! It looks like it waqs worth the hastle, very nice :)

Happy Bah Humbug Day!

USelaine said...

Well, if you have to have a tree, THAT is the way to do it, V.! Beautiful job of it!

Bob Crowe said...

Well, one solution to the Christmas tree blahs is to blow off the whole idea. Mrs. C. and I haven't had one in years. We want our family together and don't give a hoot about labor-intensive decorations. The holiday is not diminished by it.

Oh, by the way, if you'd like me to do a little freelance photo editing I'd be happy to help. Email me the originals.

Virginia said...

Oh yes yes yes. I need post processing to the max.
But as far as Christmas stuff is concerned I enjoy the festivities ( after the tree is done) and so do the grandchildren. Today I walked into my daughter's kitchen and her 7 year old was at the counter eating breakfast with the laptop nearby. She looked at me and said, "Mumsie you have your tree up." I said, "How did you know that?". She answered, "Because I am looking at Birminghamalabamadailyphoto!". Enough said. HA
Now on to baking those "homemade" slice and bake cookies at Mumsie's!

Here's to everyone enjoying the season in their own special way with the people they love.

Ming the Merciless said...

HA! My friends and I were just discussion about the wonders of prelit Christmas trees yesterday. :-)

So will there be cookies for the Santa?

Virginia said...

As my girls got way older, we left wine (vin blanc) and peanuts out for Santa. I am sure that is sending some folks over the edge! Around here, it 's slice and bake with a large assortment of colored sugars and sprinkles to mask the fact that Mumsie did NOT make the cookie dough. It works for me.