Every December when my dad is home he gets the ladder and put it below the attic. My sister goes and moves the part blocking the attic and then she disappears. I can hear her above me moving and grabbing things. She sticks out the boxes and bags while my dad grabs them and hands them to me. Then I take them and put the boxes and bags on the living room floor.
When the tree is out of the box my sister and I put the tree together. The hardest part is the lights because we leave them in from the year before. So my sister and I struggle to put the right plugs together. After that we spend about 1 to 3 days putting up ornaments and the garlands.
There is only one tradition at my house for the tree. It is that no one puts the start on except for my dad! Continue reading
Each year when it gets to the month of December we go downstairs into the garage and move all the old plastic dusty boxes just to then find our old torn broken cardboard box with our Christmas tree in it.
It’s usually very gross and dirty so we clean it with a wet towel. After, we assemble it I have a lot of fun with that because It do it all wrong and my mom gets made at me then assembles it herself! The pieces are kind of heavy so when I pick them up well they usually hit me in the face because I can’t lift them, but I laugh. Oops I forgot the tree stand! Well, our tree stand is very old – I think from when I was a baby but maybe I’m just mistaken that it just looks old but isn’t. Anyways it usually breaks or the tree doesn’t fit in properly so last year we got a brand new one. Continue reading
Do you know what a family tree is? If not, a family tree is a tree with all your family members on a tree. I told you that because at Christmas our tree is filled with our family pictures.
First my tree is green like every normal tree, except mine is a bit different because it is artificial. My tree was bought when I was born because the other one fell down. My father said that I always wanted to reach it. But it couldn’t fit it in our house so we had to cut it at the top. Usually it is my mom that decorates the trees. I forgot to say that I had two trees at my house. My sister does one down stairs and my mother upstairs.
The best year we did it was in 2008. I found it was the best year because I could go at the back of the tree. It smelled bad – I think like moth balls. At the back I found a picture of my great-great-grandfather. He had a long beard with no hair. He looked very funny. I find all the pictures look good on the tree. Continue reading
Every year my mom goes to buy a beautiful Christmas tree. She always makes sure that tree is not too big or too small. She always gets a nice wide tree. The trees my mom gets always make me happy. She puts the tree in the corner of my living room. My dog is confused when he sees the tree, wondering why the tree is in the house?
We put it in a tree stand and water it every day. My mom puts a small carpet around the bottom of the tree. On top of our tree we have something that points up instead of a star. We don’t get an artificial trees but we use to have one a long time ago.
Last year it was my dog’s first Christmas and he always was going to the tree and sniffing it and tried eating it and even knocked down a decoration. My dog was so silly but at the same time bad. Maybe he just is not used to the tree but last year he could not do anything to the tree when I was at school because we had gates up. Did you ever have your pet mess with your decorations?
Interview with my dad
Me: How tall was your Christmas tree?
My dad: In 1979 my dad’s brother and himself selected a tree on a tree farm and they didn’t notice that tree was 18 ft. and the floor to ceiling was 8 ft!
Me: Was your tree real or artificial?
My dad: My dad’s family has tried artificial trees but they prefer real ones because of the odour and appearance.
Me: Where did you buy your tree?
My dad: In recent years my family has purchased trees in Laprairie at the Farmer’s Market.
Me: What special moments did you have with your tree?
My dad: When my mom and my dad had their first German Shepard it ate all thelower decorations!
Me: Did your tree have a theme?
My dad: We tried having a theme of past and future.
In the beginning of December my mom and dad go to my backyard to get a tree. We never buy a tree because my backyard is filled with pine trees but we are running out of trees so we are going to have to get trees from the store.
If I could remember I think that my grandfather gets it in front of the Canadian Tire. The pine trees are good there – very green and big. “It’s a good store to get tires”, my dad said, but we are not talking about tires are we? So let’s get back to what we were are taking about – trees.
The way we choose our trees is we would bring a measuring tape and measure how wide it is and how tall it is, to see if it is as tall as the blackboard. We want it green – really green! It looks good green. But they are not always green. At the end of December the tree is orange and it gets your house full of those spiky things all over the ground.
After my mom and dad get the tree out of the house my mom walks in and says, when I am playing on the Playstation or WIII “”Go clean the living room“” and I’m like “”Mom I didn’t do the mess!”
At Christmas me, my sister, mother and father go in the car to buy a Christmas tree at a farm. The farm is beautiful. The trees are all cut and lined up. We go there because we have more choices and it is a more natural place to go. Plus the air is way more cleaner than at Canadian Tire when you’re trying to find a funny, coloured plastic tree to put in your living room!
Our Christmas tree is a natural one. We take natural trees because they bring a good smell and are better looking than artificial ones. I really like the smell because you can imagine that you are at camping with the trees, the semll and the beautiful land and animals.
We usually put our tree in the living room because on Christmas morning when we opent he gifts in the living room we could see the beautiful tree at the same time. When we decorate our tree we don’t have a style but more a theme like red and green glass balls that bring full of memories. It is like putting memories on a tree.
Something else we do is to go see my other part of my family which lives in the Beauce. We go there to help my grandma make her tree because my grandpa passed away and my grandma has a lot of work to do.