Our 2010 Christmas tree -- 12/06/10

This is my 5th year of taking part in Holidailies. If you have wandered in from Holidailies, you can scroll down to read a brief introduction.

Five years of doing Holidailies -- This will be another interesting experiment: I am not exactly noted for following a rigorous schedule of daily posting. So far this year I have ranged from a low of four postings in August to a high of a dozen entries for September. When it comes to Holidailies, the first year (2006) I posted 21 entries. I only managed to post 15 Holidailies entries in 2007 and just 14 in 2008. However, for 2009 I had 24 journal entries during Holidailies. I wonder if I can top that....

Just having the Holidailies icon on this page makes it seem a little more like Christmas.

Well, some snow would help...

It is cold enough outside -- right now it is a couple of degrees below freezing and with a brisk wind that makes the wind chill feel about ten degrees colder. That's probably the coldest we've been since last winter ended. However, there is no precipitation predicted until Friday afternoon, by which time we will have warmed up enough that it will be rain, not snow. It's not that I want a cold, harsh winter; it's just that a blanket of snow does give things more of a Christmas look. I just plain enjoy having a white Christmas but I will also admit that it doesn't take too much past New Year's for me to be complaining about having to shovel.

We have already put up our tree. I always like to have a tree early enough before Christmas to enjoy having it, but this year it was Nancy who prompted us to get a tree this past weekend. Sunday afternoon she and Jill and I went off to The Farmer's Daughter Garden Center's you-cut Christmas tree farm. (Yes, this is the same place we get our tree every year.)
Jill and Nancy posing with this year's selection. A gray-haired guy trying to crawl under the tree.
Mighty tree hunter with her prey. Tree going for a ride on the roof of my car.

Tiger was not at all bothered by a tree suddenly being planted in his living room, but then he has been living with such strange behavior by his human staff every December since 1993. He is a wise old cat: when presented with a tree, lie down on the floor and admire it. (Okay, it's nap time. Would somebody please fetch me a pre-nap snack?)

The tree is now up -- and it has lights -- but we have yet to place any ornaments on it. I think Nancy and I will do some of that tonight. So, I guess I had better post this and get dinner started.

A brief introduction.... (edited to update it from 2006)
A brief introduction for anyone who wanders in here from the Holidailies site -- I'm a middle-aged (*cough* okay, 63 67 , but I don't look a day over 62 66 ) guy who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 24
28 yr old college student), son Jeremy (21 25 yr old college student restaurant manager), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo . I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got into doing software training and currently works from home doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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