It’s finally the 19th of December !!! Me and my family are going to get a natural tree for Christmas. The 19th of December is like a holiday to me and my mom because it’s like I could do whatever I want on the 19th.
When I go to Botanix for my tree on the way there from a distance I can see the biggest trees sticking up. When we enter the parking lot we see the big gates tto the entrance. When I step in I can see over 100 trees or more. I could smell the freshness of the trees. I could feel all small pines under my feet as I am walking. That’s why I call this day a holiday.
After about 10 to 15 minutes of having fun we start to look at the trees to figure out the special tree we will have for Christmas. It takes me and my mom forever to get over Christmas trees because there are about 300 or more trees to choose from. The way my tree is, is big, round, tall and fluffy with lots of pine needles and no holes in it it. I also look at if it smells because some smell more than others. I prefer the non smelling ones because they lose their pines less quickly than the smelly ones. I also ask myself if the branches are strong enough to support the weight of the ornaments. This is so important because if one branch breaks there is white, thick, sticky sap that comes out and it falls on the ornaments and makes them sticky.
After we bought the tree we try to squeeze it through the front door and into the living room. We drill 2 holes on the bottom of the tree so it doesn’t dry out and we have like a stand for the tree so it can stand up.
Every year we have to move our T.V. The tree goes beside the fireplace because it’s my mom’s tradition from when she was young.
In the cold December me and my family go out to find a beautiful bushy green tree. When we go to the shop, we usually spend almost an hour looking for the best tree they’ve got.
My father doesn’t care which one is picked, so he usually talks to the person that works at the shop. My brother walks with me and my mom through all the beautiful trees and asks which one is good. My mom is kinda picky with her trees. It could be too short or to long or even there would be a spot in the tree that’s bare. If I really like a tree and ask if we could take it, my mom usually says no because it’s not perfect. But after all that we always get the perfect, beautiful bushy natural tree.
My father and my brother pick the tree up and lift it into the back of my truck. When we get home, my father hauls it inside through the front door, my brotehr grabs the trunk and tries to help. We lay it in the center of the living room and my father drills ahole at the bottom of it. Me and my mom put it into the stand and we wait for all the branches to fall into place. While my family is waiting, I alwayts hve to vacuum the pines that fall on the stairs. I’m always anxious to decoreate the tree, sometimes I nag my mom to decorate the tree. She gets mad at me, but I don’t mind.
Las year we put the ree in a corner, where our closet is. Now I’m not sure because there is a lot of stuff in that spot.
Originally published at Jane’s Blog. Jane is 11 years old.
What I like most about apple crumble is of course the taste of fresh heated apples with good sauce on it that has cinnamon in it, (there’s more stuff in the sauce though) and how the taste is sugary. I save the crust for last because I love the crunchy part of crusts!!! Apple crumble is my favourite dessert.
My mom makes it from scratch. She went on a site, printed the paper and followed the directions. But now if were having a party or people coming over, that’s when we mostly do it. We also buy it from the store when we don’t have time to make it.
My mother comes from Chile but moved in Canada in 1975 when she was 5 years old. There are good desserts from Chile that my grandmother does,but with my mom, we like to make recipes from Quebec like the apple crumbles (but we can still make those recipes my grandmother does). Of course there are good, and tasty apples in Chile and my grandmother makes an apple dessert that is called Kuchen de manzana. It is like an apple strudel or a typical dessert from Chile is called Brazo de reina that is a cake with a kind of caramel in it. But my favourite is the apple crumble (or apple pies) Maybe someday I’ll share the recipe of Brazo de reina from my grandmother, and of course I will have to translate it in English with the help of my mom so you can taste this excellent dessert!!
I like to eat apple crumble at any time of the year (almost all the time) but mostly when it’s a supper. I’m lucky, because each time we have apple crumbles, the rest of my family don’t eat too much and there is more for ME. We can also save some for other days. Continue reading