Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Tree Extravaganza

Thanks to a delightful, freshly cut Noble, my apartment is beginning to look a lot like—you guessed it—Christmas! And because last year’s specimen wasn’t up to par—a four-foot tall synthetic decked with cheap red and green balls I found on sale at Walgreens doesn’t exactly warm my insides—I’m super excited about it. This one’s covered in ornaments that Jeff and I have acquired over the years, one from each Christmas since the mid-80s.

On Sunday, I tagged along with Jeff’s family to search for the perfect tree, which we’d place in the corner of our big, bright, apartment, right in front of the windows. I pointed at tall ones, short ones, fat ones and skinny ones, exclaiming, “This one! Over here!” Because they all look perfect to me. (A tree’s a tree.)

But not to Jeff.

He sees flaws in each that I choose, until we spot the crème de la crème.

After cutting it down—it’s Jeff’s first time with a saw—and tying it to the roof of an old Toyota Camry, and then untying it at Jeff’s parents’ house for a lesson in tree-blowing, and then tying it to the car again, and then stopping at Fred Meyer for a tree stand, and then adjusting the rope because the tree almost flies off on the freeway, and then untying it when we get to our building (finally), and then sawing another inch off the trunk (on a sidewalk on bustling Mississippi Avenue), and then lugging it upstairs via elevator, and then realizing we don’t have enough twinkling lights to strand around it, and then throwing our hands in the air and going to the Blazer game, then journeying to Fred Meyer at 9:30 p.m. for lights, and then decorating it until 12:30 a.m.—it's drop-dead stunning.

And well worth the hassle.

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  1. I'm envious of those big windows...

  2. What an AMAZING view you guys have :-) SO awesome!