Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The quest for a Christmas Tree

A proper Christmas tree is a necessity for a proper Christmas. Plastic ones are definitely out. Ergo, a job for the father of the house. However, in a modern urban society, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to find a good and traditional specimen. For example - you have to find a forest:

Norwegian forests are not what they used to be, so we'll have to settle for a more short-lived, slightly commercial one. This one had only fir, but we are difficult and want pine.

Of course, there is always the do-it-yourself option.

This one might do - after some slight adjustment at home.

Into the machine with it, and hey, presto -

Out comes a ready-made package ready for transportation.

If you wonder what it looks like when it all finished, you will have to wait for that. Most Norwegians decorate their trees on the eve before Christmas eve - Sunday this year.


Dick said...

I can't wait to see it. We have a artificial tree.

Middle Ditch said...

I loved the sequence of the photographs. When do you take the tree down if it goes up that late?

RuneE said...

There is at tradition for taking it down on the twelfth day of Christmas, but this has more or less been extended to the twentieth day - depending on the age of the children in the family :-). In practice, you do it when it suits you.

Kerri Farley said...

I can't wait to see it when you have it decorated!

Michele said...

We have an artificial tree as our apartment rules only allow for that for fire safety.
It's sad as I would love to smell the pine of the real tree but we go out and cut branches of fir and lay them in the house and make decorations to have that Christmas smell.
I'm also looking forward to seeing your tree decorated.
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Anonymous said...

I am all for the real trees for Christmas but prefer them to be alive. And that is the way we used to get our trees. So heavy with the ball of dirt that myself, 5 kids, three dogs and my wife couldn't drag it in the house. So I quit trying and the rest of them got it in and set it up. You would be proud to know that the same tree is now about 40 years old and almost that tall and nobody but my family and you will ever know that it was once our Christmas tree.

I enjoyed your post today. I also enjoyed your comments on my blog today about the library/inn.

If you like that kind of tale you might also be interested in reading what I wrote about our first snow back in November 2005. I will post that tomorrow.

dot said...

I'll be waiting to see how you decorate it!

Annie said...

Hello RuneE, My husband's ancestry is Norwegian and he remembers his grandparents always decorating the tree on Christmas Eve, after the chidren were in bed. Part of Christmas excitement for the children was waking to the beautiful tree.

photowannabe said...

I'm of Scandinavian heritage also and we had our Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve though the tree was up earlier. Christmas Day was for the stockings and company.
Great series of pictures.

mrsnesbitt said...

With 2 german shepherds with tails that can see off a tree in seconds we have to have artificial...which I have to get down from the loft today!
Watch this space!

FO - 2 said...

Well done! Good job! ;)
I can see that you prefer a pine as Christmas tree.
I have to have a spruce! ;)
And the tree have to be Norwegian, since we are in Norway.

We have a tradition, where the hole family are finding the "right tree" togehter. :)

RuneE said...

Than you all for nice comments!

Neva said...

WE will also be decorating on Sunday evening this year...can't wait to see your finished product.