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13 December 2007


Lyssa Ireland Thomas

As we'd say in our family - "Merry Dysfunctional Christmas!" I know that sucked for you, but it gave me a cathartic laugh! Great story!

Kelly in Colorado

My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story. Your tree debacle sounds like a more modern version!


Been there, done that whole entire thing, husband and all. Sorry, cause that sucks.

Tamara in GA

Do you think Short Haired Bill signed up to save you...all the time!


I've only had the tree go over one year, but like you it did it several times. I'm not sure why we could not get the tree to stay up that year but our solution was to take fishing line and secure the top of the tree to one of those 1970 plant hanger hooks people leave in the ceiling of rental houses. Why do we always thing fishing paraphenalia is the answer to our Christmas tree woes?


After a number of similarly frustrating experiences, we finally sold out and got ourselves a fake tree - two days after Xmas - store display on clearance from Target for about $60. It looks real, doesn't shed, and goes up in pieces so it is easy to set up. We set up the base, my kids sort through the color-coded detachable branches so my wife can install them in the correct order, and I finish it up by adding the taller branches near the top. It also doesn't attract dog urine like the real trees did.

Kelly in Colorado

I second the fake tree thing. I really prefer real but after destroying several vacuums and our excursion to the Colorado mountains 5 years ago to cut down a real one ourselves that we had to cut over three feet off of to set up in our vaulted ceiling living room that had no furniture and the sap and creatures that came from the tree... I'll take the fake. Of course, I like the pine smell so I bought some in a can and about killed my son by bringing on an asthma attack.


I have suffered the tree falling myself. In fact a couple of years ago, the tree fell down at least 4 times. It got to the point where we would just hear it and one of us would just get up and set the damn tree back up and go on with our business. Sad huh? lol Then we decided to get a new stand this year and so far so good!

also...sorry for this but....
You have been tagged to do this Christmas Hoopla. Ok, this is specifically not a meme. It's a HOOPLA. Got it? Here are the rules: 1. List 12 random things about yourself that have to do with Christmas2. Please refer to it as a 'hoopla' and not the dreaded 'm'-word 3. You have to specifically tag people when you're done. None of this "if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged" stuff is allowed...then nobody ends up actually doing it. The number of people who you tag is really up to you -- but the more, the merrier to get this 'hoopla' circulating through the blogosphere. 4. Please try and do it as quickly as possible. The Christmas season will be over before we know it and I'd like to get as many people involved as possible.


man, that totally sucks. Tis great decorating a tree with mincepies and christmas music, but to have it fall over TWICE when you were trying to prove a point, that's a killer. Hope this year is better!

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