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   Timber Queen  On the main page there is an article announcing a 15 cent "fee" on fresh cut Christmas trees. I waxed poetic about my wild forest Christmas trees I cut from my back yard. I'll never go back to cultivated farm trees, they are so thick, bulky and uniform. My forest trees let the ornaments, lights, and garland hang between the boughs and you can really appreciate their beauty. I love my wild Christmas trees! Here's our tree from 2012.
   November 16 at 21:29 EST .

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   StormCnter  Your tree is lovely. I had no experience with a professionally raised and shaped Christmas tree until, as young marrieds, we spent our first Christmas in California. Back here in Texas, in ranch country, the most presentable cedar in a pasture was always hacked down and hauled to the house. Who knew a Christmas tree could look like a perfect cone?

In my childhood, our trees were lighted with birthday candles in special little clips. The tree was lit only once and that was on Christmas Eve. A bucket of water was close by. With limited electricity (no lines, only a big generator ), the power couldn't be wasted on electric lights for a tree.
November 17 at 06:05 EST .

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   Gerty  Want Miss Timber and Miss Storm to know how refreshing it is to read their charming posts this morning. A much needed respite from today's news!

I have always wanted to see a tree with the natural light from candles...sigh.
November 17 at 06:45 EST .

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   Gerty  Is "..natural light from candles.." an oxymoron?
November 17 at 08:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  "natural candle light" works for me, Gerty. One more thing about the candlelit trees. Santa visited us kids on Christmas Eve, so after supper, one parent or the other would take us down to the barn to check on the baby turkeys or over to see the ranchhands in the bunkhouse. When we got back home, Santa had lighted the tree and left his presents for us. It was magic!
November 17 at 15:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh, so many Christmas traditions. I like my mom's stories of going from Chicago to Muskegon MI. Her grandparents lived only a few months apart. The Swedish/Norwegian grandparents celebrated Christmas Eve. So, the family (mom, Grandma and Grandpa Stanton, and Uncle Larry ) spent it at the Roen house, opening presents, eating the Scandy food. On Christmas morning, they went to the Stanton/Nesburg home to celebrate an English Christmas morning and breakfast.
We did it differently growing up, but, I love mom's family's tradition.
November 17 at 20:35 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh my goodness, why don't I proofread? Her grandparents lived only a few blocks apart.
November 17 at 20:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  I was very interested in reading about your family's tradition. So very different from our experiences down here. Your family had Swedish/Norwegian rituals to observe, down here we share a lot of the Mexican Christmas traditions: candles, leche quemada candy, luminarias, tamales at the Christmas dinner table.
November 19 at 05:42 EST .

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