A List Maker's Life: Maybe Christmas, My Dear, Doesn't Come From a Store...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Maybe Christmas, My Dear, Doesn't Come From a Store...

Every student down in Hopeville liked Christmas a lot, but the grounds men just east of Hopeville - did not. No real Christmas trees allowed on campus - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason.

As they started their rounds, just cruising the grounds those men found a tree in a place it shouldn’t be (on top of Durfee)!

So, the guys took the tree, they lifted and shoved, even with ornaments hanging from above.

“Santie Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?” Oh, we’re taking it back to our workshop, my dears. We’ll fix it up there, then we'll bring it back here.

Then Kev got an idea. He got a wonderful, *awful* idea!

Seriously, the guys all have plenty of Christmas cheer. However, the college has a policy that live trees are not permitted in dorms. Overnight it appears that some students played a friendly, pre-finals prank by decorating a large tree and mounting it on the top of a building. So, before hitting the sidewalks with salt and shovels today Kevin helped take down the tree.

Since we’ve been married I’ve always wanted a real tree, however I’ve compromised on that as Kevin’s Christmas tradition has always been to put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving (way too early in my Grinchy opinion…), making it necessary to have an artificial tree that will survive the long season in our living room. Remembering my tree preference, Kevin asked to take the the confiscated evergreen home.

I must say I totally have the Christmas spirit tonight as I have just finished taking apart the obligatory November 26th tree, and put together a new fresh smelling tree while listening to Glory in the Highest and waiting for the “blizzard” to hit West Michigan. So, thank you Hopeville!

Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to Hope-ees far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand in hand.
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  1. Stay warm in the blizzard! We have gotten lots of rain and are under a wind advisory for the night. Oh what fun!

  2. We are doing a real tree this year for the first time too...what a great way to get one! Lucky you! Nothing can compare to the smell of a real Christmas tree.

  3. I'm jealous! I love having real trees! We keep putting up an artifical tree because we put it up so early and it can be a real bummer!

  4. He he! So did you put the pencil tree in the back? It always looks so nice, but I agree. I LOVE the smell of the real tree when I walk in the door. :)

  5. Did you write that story.......very good!
    Oh I "pine" for a real tree!

  6. That post is way too funny, katie. Kevin used to have real Christmas trees growing up. He even participated in the family ritual of cutting our own for many years. However, a time came when the momma in this family also gave in in favor of the perennially "perfect" artificial tree(s). I think that the grandpa who lives here is softening, though. This year he really seemed to enjoy putting lights on the trees and even adding lights to an additional bush outside. Could it be that there has been an infusion of Christmas magic supplied by four little people who visit this wonderland every Christmas Eve? Hmmmm....Merry, Merry Christmas!

  7. Okay so cute!! Love it! I used to have real trees....but I'm allergic so we have to go the fake route here. So glad you got your Christmas wish!

  8. Got to love having a real tree. :) So nice. Feel free to use the snowman box for any post. It was so easy and fun, her teacher loved it. :)


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