O’ Tannenbaum

  • Dec 21, 2009

Eleven months of the year I’m embarrassed by our family room’s vaulted ceiling. It’s tall, really tall. The kind of room where people gasp upon entering and ask, “How do you change your lightbulbs?” The room is so pretentious and I am anything but.

But in December, I embrace my cathedral-like ceiling because it can house the most glorious Christmas tree. Any normal tree would be dwarfed by the cavern so we get a tree permit and head up to the great Wasatch range to cut our own.

Tree cutting this year also coincided with snow suit upgrade. This is one of the great benefits of five boys. I buy really nice ski suits and they are always thrilled when they move up to the next one. Gabe just outgrew Ben’s first little Obermeyer after 13 years of constant use.

I could pass it down to Mary, you say?

C’mon , I’m not that practical. πŸ˜‰ Besdies my nephew has dibs on it now.

The boots haven’t fared so well and are now dependent on duct tape for survival.

The saw represents power. Everyone wants to carry it.

It’s a long tromp through the woods.


Unless your name is Mary.

Look! I was there too. I made the hat for Erik back when I was that sort of wife. “Oh, you need a hat? Let me whip that up for you and line it with fleece.” Who was that girl? I miss her.

Getting tired.

And cold.

Is there anything better than a stick?

Finally, after 90 minutes of tromping through the woods we became discouraged. Choosing a tree isn’t as easy as you’d think. So many of them have double trunks or are missing a back side. It’s the woods, not a tree farm.

I was so tired of the cold that when Mary pointed to one on the side of the road and cried, “That one!” I readily agreed.

“Are you sure?” Erik asked. “It’s kind of small and uneven.”

But they only look small and uneven in the woods. I know from experience that they transform themselves in our house.

Xander made the final cut.

And it really didn’t look that big on top of the car
(I’m including this photo because EVERYONE asks how we got the tree home).

The star goes on before we even out it upright, then the lights and the old glass ornaments. My tree is just like my mother’s and my sisters– mismatched, glassy, sparkly, a new ornament every year for each child…

Do I really want to show you the next photo? It’s so ostentatious, Really.


And I love it.
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32 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kim

    December 22, 2009

    Oh how gorgeous! I LOVE it!

  2. Reply

    Coach A.

    December 22, 2009

    Now, it’s officially Christmas Time πŸ™‚ We love seeing your Christmas tree adventures!! Love ya.

  3. Reply

    Annie

    December 22, 2009

    Breathtaking! Have a wonderful Christmas, friend.

  4. Reply

    emilee

    December 22, 2009

    Wow! Amazing!

  5. Reply

    La Yen

    December 22, 2009

    How do you stop yourself from camping underneath it every night? I want to live at your Christmas Tree.

  6. Reply

    AzΓΊcar

    December 22, 2009

    I LOOOVE it!!

  7. Reply

    Jeanelle

    December 22, 2009

    It’s official – I want to move in.

  8. Reply

    J.J.

    December 22, 2009

    Absolutely incredible. Merry Christmas!

  9. Reply

    Tracy

    December 22, 2009

    ACK!!!!!!!!! I love it! Look at the twinkle. My word.
    xoxo,t

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    seven smiles

    December 22, 2009

    Holy cow!
    It’s gorgeous!

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    Selwyn

    December 22, 2009

    Now I’m thinking of snow when I’m sweating in the tropics!

    Stunning, as always (and I was thrilled to see a shot of you – and E!)

  12. Reply

    martha corinna

    December 22, 2009

    Fantastic! I’m going to send my husband that last photo. We have a “tall” room that I hate most of the year-so not cozy and people think it’s “grand”. But that tree could make it all worth while. Oh yes.

  13. Reply

    ashli

    December 22, 2009

    i love bin able to see the beauty out the back window!

    what a grand adventure!

  14. Reply

    ashli

    December 22, 2009

    being…..woops!

  15. Reply

    Alisa

    December 22, 2009

    OH MY! so so so CHRISTMAS! The light is SHINING!

  16. Reply

    Sue

    December 23, 2009

    Glorious!

    =)

  17. Reply

    duchess

    December 23, 2009

    Beautiful!

  18. Reply

    The Planet Pink

    December 23, 2009

    Oh my Michelle. Simply breathtaking.

  19. Reply

    Kerri

    December 23, 2009

    Holy Hannah, that is one GORGEOUS TREE (and the room’s not so shabby, either!!!)

    Wow.

    And the pictures are wonderful, too.

  20. Reply

    Blue

    December 23, 2009

    your tree is awesome, no doubt. but what i wanted to say is that every time i see pix of your sons hauling Mary around, i am reminded of Joseph and how tender he was with his young siblings and other children. they are great boys indeed, to remind me of that man among men! <3

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    Kristi Pohl

    December 23, 2009

    Your tree is incredible, but I love the feelings you captured in the photos best of all.

  22. Reply

    Linn

    December 23, 2009

    Oh my word, how incredible is that last picture? INCREDIBLE!

  23. Reply

    Bonnie

    December 23, 2009

    Awesome lighting! I love the golden glow of the lights. Great choice, Mary!

  24. Reply

    Jess

    December 23, 2009

    amazing! I remember your Christmas tree picture from last year. It’s always so beautiful and makes me gasp. Love it!

  25. Reply

    Adri

    December 23, 2009

    Love, love, love it, Michelle! That last photo is a Christmas card!

  26. Reply

    Melissa

    December 24, 2009

    Michelle, did you KNIT that hat for Eric?! Holy toledo!

    So fun to see the pictures of your adventure.

  27. Reply

    Travelin'Oma

    December 24, 2009

    I love your scenes from the wild woods. The last picture is awesome. Merry Christmas.

  28. Reply

    Mathmom and family

    December 25, 2009

    I had to look at that tree several times just to make sure I was seeing it correctly. A masterpiece.

  29. Reply

    House of Estrogen

    December 26, 2009

    Beautiful family and beautiful photographs! Do you mind if I ask how you did the twinkles on the lights? I’m a still-learning photographer-wannabe and would love to know how to do that!

  30. Reply

    Jennk

    December 26, 2009

    The tree is just beautiful. Can’t get over the window as well!

  31. Reply

    Melissa

    December 27, 2009

    AhhMAZEing!

    Wow. That’s a thing of beauty.

  32. Reply

    jendoop

    December 29, 2009

    Gorgeous tree, gorgeous family. I’m glad you have so much to comfort you. This time of year can be hard when you’re missing someone special.

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