Saturday, December 02, 2006

O Tannen-bomb

As is our tradition here at the Lee house, we went to a cut-yer-own tree lot again this year. Last year we tried a discount lot where all trees are only $20, no matter what kind or size they are. It took a while, but we eventually found one that wasn't missing too many branches and dressed it up with lots of love. In the end it was a beautiful tree and served its purpose well.

Because we got lucky had success last year, we thought we'd try the same lot again this year. Only this time we weren't so, um... successful. Somehow, all the young inside-the-house-sized trees were all sold between last year and this year, and all that remains now are 150 year-old trees left over from the pioneer days.

But since we were already there and the trees were so cheap, we figured we'd improvise - and simply cut the top off of a "mature" tree instead. Well - that theory sounds good on paper, but the fact is the top of a pine tree doesn't necessarily translate to "good Christmas tree." The branches look like giant ET pine fingers and poke out in all directions, the top is practically bald (shut up) - and as hard as we try, we simply can not find its "good side." You don't see these mutations from 40 feet below.

None-the-less, once I cut it we owned it, and here are the results.

Yeah I know.

I'll make sure to post an update once we have it decorated.

After I buy another 2000 ornaments.


Anonymous said...

Awwww, poor Charlie Brown Christmas tree!!! Once you get it decorated and lit it will look much different. And quite frankly all the kids care about is the stuff underneath it.

Anonymous said...

It's like the tree is calling out to you "Pine Tree Phone Home" "Pine Tree Phone Home."

No, seriously...once it get stuffed with ornaments and lights, it'll look good. And if it doesn't, just keep the room dark and admire the lights.

I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Anonymous said...

I knida like the ET tree. It's like it on the branches for extra ornaments.

I'm not laughing at you...I'm laughing with you. You are laughing, right?

Anonymous said...

Owoooouch. I wish I could have heard to actual conversation with all the family members...that would have been entertaining.

Mom Thumb said...

It will be great once it's decorated. But please stop calling it bald. Jeff, why is it always about the hair?

yellojkt said...

Charlie Brown has nothing on you. That is one scruffy looking tree. We went the cut your own route for a few years, but now we are back to my lame 20 year old artificial one.

Anonymous said...

Ah. It's not so bad. It'll totally be fine with the decorations.

If you need to borrow some, we have 40 million so we never use them all on our little tree.

Waya said...

I was going to say "Charlie Brown called and he wants his tree back." That's not bad of a tree. With some 2000 ornaments and some'll be a beauty in no time!

That's why I stick with my fake tree year after year. It spins too. Whoohoo.

Anonymous said...

Apparently I'm the only one scratchin' my head wondering what's wrong with the tree. It looks like a mighty fine tree to me.

Did you check for squirrels before bringing it in?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

mooselet - Maybe I can drill some holes it the trunk and insert the extra branches we brought home with us. Don't laugh, I've seen that done before!

sandy - Don't worry, I'll post an update later this week.

jenny - Too bad I didn't have it last week. I could have entered it in your "weird things in my house" contest.

carla - We really couldn't tell how strange this tree was until we got it home, because as soon as I cut it, it fell to the ground and was on its side after that. It wasn't until I set it up that we said "uh oh."

linda - I put that hair reference (the shut up) in there just for you. I knew you'd come through in the comments. Thank you.

yello - Yeah, the cut your own process is definitely more appealing when you have smaller kids. Once they don't want to do it anymore you're pretty much back to taking the easy way out.

heather - Only 40 million? That might fill a few gaps.

waya - A spinning tree? Do you have to permanently mount the ornanments so they don't fly off and impale someone?

jennine - The picture is very forgiving. I guarantee you'd laugh if you saw it in person.

Anonymous said...

I think it's lovely. And I have no reason to suck up. At least you have a tree. Ours is still on a lot somewhere waiting for us to pay too much money for it because even in Florida, I insist on the real thing.

but Momma said...

It's hilarious! ET is the perfect discription! We got a real tree for the first time in our married life. It's so fat we almost didn't get it in the door. Maybe we pick a tree that looks just like us. :)

Anonymous said...

A six foot tree sells for $300.00 in downtown New York today. I think you got a bargain!

Anonymous said...

You mentioned drilling some holes and inserting branches. Your grampa Tommerdahl did just that with every tree they ever brought home!!!! He'd always say that it will look better when I put some more branches in there!!!The genes must have carried on!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll stick with my fake tree with the integrated lights...

(yes, I'm a philistine...)