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Sparkling Christmas Tree |

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree,
You know not how you’ve aged me.

As a child I always loved putting up the Christmas Tree. We had one of those fake, glittery ones popular in the 70s and a beautiful collection of colourful, sparkly ornaments built up over a number of years. Mam would put up the lights, ensuring they were perfectly symmetrical with one light at the top to reflect off the star. My sister and I would then add the decorations. When it was finally complete we would enjoy our first slice of Christmas cake and perhaps our first movie of the season.

This year is our first Christmas in our new house. We had built up a small collection of decorations back in Ireland but haven’t had a chance to bring them over yet, so we were starting from scratch. Our employers in Denmark generously gifted us a beautiful tree when we were leaving so all I needed was a few lights and baubles. I decided on a red and silver theme to keep things simple and co-ordinate with items already in the house.

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Lights and baubles. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it. It turned out to be far from straightforward. We were lucky to hit one of the major homeware stores on a day when they had 30% off all Christmas decorations. The lights were a little expensive, but with 30% off they seemed justifiable as I knew I’d have them for many years. I bought one box of silver baubles and one of red and home I went, excited to decorate my tree.

Alas, I discovered that the lights didn’t have a plug. They were designed to be extendable so you had to buy the plug separately. Damn. The next day I went back to the store only to find they’d sold out of the plugs completely. My only option was to buy a different set that came with their own plug. So much for my 30% saving. I bought a longer set (9 metres) as that was all they had available and was certain my tree would be just dripping with lights. Back at home, I carefully unravelled them and started to wrap them round the tree, starting at the top to ensure I had one for the star.

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Half way down the tree I ran out of lights. What? Nine metres used over half a tree? And I still had the fat half of the tree to cover. I couldn’t face another round trip to town (it’s 30 km each way), so Arūnas rang his sister to see if she could pick up a set on her way home from work. I was certain they would again be sold out, but amazingly they did have one more identical set. Finally, three days after I’d started work on the tree, I got the lights finished. Adding the baubles was a breeze by comparison.

Despite a few new wrinkles on my face I really do love my tree. There’s something magical about all those twinkling lights on these cold, dark days. Christmas is finally here. Time for a slice of cake, methinks.

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  1. I am late in responding as usual, but your tree was lovely. And you are right, it is a beautiful site to see. I like to turn off all the other lights in the house and just have on the tree lights. With a fire in the fireplace it is perfect for snuggling. 🙂

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    January 23, 2015
    • Thanks Cheryll. I was sorry to take the tree down in the end – I left it up til the very last minute. We have no fire so I’ll have to light candles now instead. Hope you had a good Christmas!

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      January 23, 2015
      • I like candles too June. I have to light them because of the four dogs in the house and two cats. And they make a pretty setting too. We had an okay Christmas. It is always stressful for me and my husband because I have a family that has nothing better to do than make things hard. I love Christmas time, but I have almost been ruined on getting together with any one other than my husband. I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas. 🙂

        Oh and do you know when the episode of House Hunters International will be airing your filming? I so want to see it. I have been trying to find out when it will be, but to no avail.

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        January 23, 2015
      • Yeh, getting families to coordinate can be tricky! At least it’s just back to you, hubby and the animals now, so all nice and calm. We don’t have a date for House Hunters yet but we’re hoping it will be sometime in February. As soon as I get a date I’ll let everyone know.

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        January 24, 2015
  2. Thanks for sharing!


    December 24, 2014
  3. These photos are definitely beautiful, but with that blue light they look even more spectacular and mysterious!

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    December 22, 2014
  4. Welcome back!! Enjoy your beautiful tree and your new home!

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    December 18, 2014
  5. longchaps2 #

    I think that’s why we enjoy our Christmas trees so much, because of ALL the SWEAT it takes to get them looking so beautiful. It’s a labor of love. Yours came out beautiful. Time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Welcome home by the way, I’m sure it feels good to be back in your house and in your kitchen. Looking forward to your stories and your blogs.

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    December 18, 2014
    • Thanks Susan! I’m still thinking of you and that big crazy dude yesterday. Yikes, that could have turned ugly. Anyway, yes our trees are definitely a labour of love. It’s great to be home and preparing for our very first Christmas in our new home.

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      December 18, 2014
      • longchaps2 #

        There is nothing like your first Christmas in your new home. Lots of good memories to make. AND recipes to experiment with, lol. We are getting ready for our big family gathering too. My mother is the cook at our house and a good one. We never go away hungry. Gonna be putting new holes in the belt if I’m not careful. 😉

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        December 18, 2014
  6. Gary #

    Great story. At least you won’t have to go through that hassle next year…and for many, many years to come. Have a wonderful Christmas both of you.

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    December 18, 2014
    • Thanks Gary! Yeh, I’m all sorted now. I’m sure the collection will grow a little over the years but hopefully the hassle is over. Happy Christmas to you, Anne and the girls. xxx


      December 18, 2014

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