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Tis the season

December 14, 2009

Last year because of the deep snow, we didn’t make it across the canyon to the neighbors Christmas tree farm, and for the first time in my life I went through the holiday season without a tree.  We all missed the tree, and vowed we would not go without that tradition this year.   I have no qualms about cutting down a tree for decoration purposes.  Trees grow here like weeds – if I lived where they didn’t, I suppose I would feel differently.  So no plastic trees here. 

Normally we get a Noble fir, since the branches are stiff and hold heavy ornaments well, but Hangdog and I have this OCD thing when it comes to ornaments.  We have always bought ornaments when we traveled,  (ha!  so that means we have 3 ornaments total! )  Just kidding – we buy ornaments whenever we see them.  But the funny thing is now we have so many we have gradually morphed into a manicured Noble fir just so we have enough limbs to put ornaments on.  What a difference from the sparse, wild Nobles we always had when I was a kid.  But these trees are lovingly fussed over by our neighbors’ and we like to support local farmers. 

The morning dawned clear, but very icy.  The pickup was already chained up, since once you leave the driveway it is either uphill or downhill.  Leaving without shoe chains would be ill-advised too.

I stayed home and baked Cardamon Sour Cream Cookies.  Since it is awful hard to decorate a tree without cookies!  I always get a little weak otherwise.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a tree.

We collect ornaments that reflect what we like –  we have a vegetables, fruit, food, birds, salamanders, fish, dragonflies, feathers, nuts, cones,wrenches, playing cards, hammers, tractors, cats (excavation and kitty), horses, dogs and for the gentleman of the house, a  cannon and a copper still to name a few 😉

But I found a Guernsey ornament a few years ago and here are some of the tools I need for my cow.

A working butter churn.  See I told you anything is a vehicle for butter – even a Christmas tree!

And when I get done milking, Bag Balm always comes in handy.

Rubber boots for mucking about.

A wheelbarrow for the, umm, well you know… .


And the best part, sitting in the dark and watching the lights and ornaments twinkle!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2009 9:08 pm

    Wonderful… I love your tree! There’s something very special about the fact that your ornaments tell the story of your lives, who you are and what you love… what a great way of expressing yourselves on your tree.

  2. December 15, 2009 2:48 am

    What a fabulous tree!! It’s huge and beautiful. A tree that big would take up my entire living room 🙂 Your decorations are so fitting and all look so pretty on your tree.

    I’ve never heard of a Noble fir. I think our Balsam fir is very similar. We either have a Blue spruce or a Balsam fir. No tree for us yet – hopefully this coming weekend.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful tree 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. December 15, 2009 3:01 am

    Oh, my, your ornaments brought a real smile to my face this morning, especially the bag balm can! I keep my quarters for the laundromat in an old one and it opens up all kinds of interesting conversations when I do wash these days.

  4. December 15, 2009 4:16 am

    That is one great tree. We had our tree balled so we could plant it after Christmas. We bring it in this week end to decorate!

  5. December 15, 2009 4:52 am

    Oh my. A bag balm ornament. That takes the cake. And a working butter churn? You guys really search out great ornaments! I LOVE my Yaktraks (shoe chains) except when I’m walking on ice and hit a non-icy stretch of concrete, they are so slick on cement! Someday I’d like a themed tree. Ours is just bits and pieces of everything from years and years of marriage and kids. Still waiting on that first grandkid ornament, tho…

  6. December 15, 2009 5:45 am

    What a gorgeous full tree and the ornaments made me smile. BTW, your milk cow looks great for being old.
    We use to name our Christmas trees. We had a Fuzzy Wuzzy also and a Fluffy, Furry, Plump … Thanks for the smile. I needed that today.

  7. December 15, 2009 5:46 am

    WOW! That is a beautiful tree. We use to have the douglas fir tree as a kid and the ornaments would hang perfect.

    Your cow and accessories are just perfect. The girls must love it.

  8. Claudia permalink
    December 15, 2009 6:47 am

    That is a beautiful tree! It is so big!

  9. Kristen permalink
    December 15, 2009 6:53 am

    It’s just beautiful!! How funny that you can find bag balm as an ornament! Ihope you have a Merry Christmas Nita 🙂

  10. December 15, 2009 6:54 am

    Love your ornaments! They are very cool and cute. 🙂
    Your tree is beautiful.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. Paula permalink
    December 15, 2009 10:22 am

    I like your tree, both the before and after versions.

  12. December 15, 2009 12:16 pm

    Ooh, is that an owl I spy to the left? It is my favorite bird of prey! I love the muck boots!

    Gorgeous tree!

  13. December 15, 2009 9:00 pm

    we cut cedar trees out of our wilder places and use them as Christmas trees. they’re more Charlie Brown than noble, but they’re free, and they make the house smell good. truth be told, we’re growing rather fond of them. your tree is quite stunning all bejeweled and decked up.

  14. December 15, 2009 10:09 pm

    What a cool bunch of ornaments. I hope ya’lls Christmas is filled with peace and happiness.

  15. Linda permalink
    December 16, 2009 4:17 am

    Love it…. makes me yearn for a real tree. I am new here and I am enjoying reading about your life.

  16. Marcia in Wyoming permalink
    December 16, 2009 5:26 am

    Beautiful tree!! I love the variety of ornaments – especially the butter churn. We ended up with a wonderful hunk of sagebrush set up high on a shelf as we recently adopted two of our mom barn cat’s kittens and they would have had way too much fun with a full sized tree – Merry Holidays!

  17. December 16, 2009 1:17 pm

    Hey Nita! Love your tree! Love the Guernsey cow! Becca found me a Holstein wearing a Santa hat and it says JOY! Perfect except it’s a Holstein! I found some cute ones at TSC also…I love the boots! Hey I finally settled on BOGS. They fit great and allowed me to get my leg in with my pants! Plus little handles so it’s a quickie and I don’t fall over! We still haven’t had success breeding Josie. Missed again! Maybe 3 will be a charm. Mini semen arriving Friday for Joy! That’s another first. Well that about catches things up here! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and are filled with JOY! 😀

  18. Tami permalink
    December 17, 2009 6:18 pm

    Love the tree, the cookies must have worked! I think there is an unwritten rule that if you come from a long of loggers, you’d better have a real tree!

    • Tami permalink
      December 17, 2009 6:19 pm

      oops I meant long line of loggers, darn typing skills…

  19. Jessika permalink
    December 19, 2009 11:17 am

    What a gorgeous tree! I LOVE your ornaments. I get weak this time of year, too, without a couple cookies and some fresh milk, YUM!

  20. Victoria permalink
    December 20, 2009 2:03 pm

    I do believe that is the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen. Merry Christmas.

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