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the eric update - day 153: five months and four christmas trees!

shhhhhh. be be vewy vewy quiet, we're hunting wabbi...er...christmas trees!

today was odin's five month birthday and we decided to celebrate by taking him out to get his first christmas tree!

some micropreemie parents might cringe at the prospect of taking him outdoors for an extended period of time, but it was unseasonably warm and we decided that as long as he seemed warm enough that it'd be fun to have him come along. normally we might spend hours trying to find The Perfect Tree, but this year we promised ourselves we'd get in and get out quick.

ahhh, but there's a kink in our plan to get in and get out quick! all the trees at the christmas tree farm are small! and to complicate matters, as per the household arrangements for the snowdeal show ®, we need to get more than one christmas tree for each floor of the house that we own with kris' sister and her partner, diane.

the sisters, kris and gina, quickly hatch an unorthodox plan; rather than get two big trees, we'll just get four small trees. one will go on the third floor of the big ol' victorian and the other three will go on the first floor, arranged to form some sort of vaguely defined christmas tree ensemble.

i quickly come to realize that my norman rockwellian vision of christmas is not going to happen and that it's probably best to just go with it.

in retrospect, i suppose if you're eric c. snowdeal iv and you're born on the fourth of july it's only appropriate that you have four christmas trees in the house for your first christmas.

of course, no adventure involving christmas trees would be complete without a little hot cocoa with marshmallows.

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12/04/2004 11:53:00 PM 4 comments

4 Comments:

Hi, so you have to cut down your own trees, that's so cool!

And, I don't know if I fell asleep along the way, but is the snowdeal show live, is it on now, and is there any way I can watch it from the UK do you know?

Merry Christmas, Kirsty

By Blogger Kirsty, at 3:01 PM  

hi kirsty -

merry christmas to you too! well, i don't know if it'd be correct to say we have to cut down our own trees, but we think it's a fun little ritual to do for the holidays. it's lots more fun when it's really cold out and there's lots of snow on the ground and you have to ride around in a big, horse-drawn hay wagon with other strangers who are getting their trees "the old fashioned way". but then again, we wouldn't have been able to bring odin along if if were really cold and snowy and we were surrounded by strangers, so this was fun too.

the snowdeal show ® is not really on the air, so you're not missing anything :-) it's just a phrase for the really realest real reality show that i've been threatening to produce for years because so many people seem to think it'd make for great t.v. - even before the micropreemie adventures started.

By Blogger e3, at 10:23 PM  

Hi E3 and family,

Heather from Nova Scotia here. I loved the pictures of getting the trees!! We will be doing the same here soon...just waiting for my daughter to arrive home from Vancouver to help us get the perfect one!

I was so happy to see REAL trees! Mostly that is what people have here but I have noticed a trend that I find a bit disappointing. People are purchasing artificial trees because they want to have the tree up earlier and longer through the season! All I can think is that it's not a REAL tree!!! - it doesn't have the same ambience, warmth...scent....spirit!

Your ideal of the victorian Christmas rings a bit true in these parts. Although I grew up in a massive Dutch colonial with a dining room that glittered with place settings for 24 I now live in a semi modern townhouse style condo in a Victorian end of the city. One of the key points when purchasing my place was that it had a working fireplace. The Christmas tree has a place of honour to the right of the fireplace. Some may be horrified to know that with my partner being Danish we have real candles on our tree. Between the warm glow of the fireplace and the glow of the candles on the tree..combined with family and friends full of warm hearts and hot toddys ...the place wreaks of Christmas spirit..

I love your pictures..your sharing of all your experiences. You are very generous...the true meaning of the holidays...

thank you so much..I look forward to viewing so many more. Odin is a very, very fortunate young man!


toodles

Heather in Halifax

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:33 AM  

Some may be horrified to know that with my partner being Danish we have real candles on our tree. Between the warm glow of the fireplace and the glow of the candles on the tree..combined with family and friends full of warm hearts and hot toddys ...the place wreaks of Christmas spirit. |

hey, now that sounds like my kind of christmas! if i'm ever near nova scotia for the holidays, i know exactly who i'm going to call :-)

I love your pictures..your sharing of all your experiences. You are very generous...the true meaning of the holidays. |

thank you very much, that means a lot to all of us.

By Blogger e3, at 12:01 AM  

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