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14 Dec, 2005

We didn’t plan to get two trees. It just happened.

Posted by andrea in: Misc. life

We go to the same lot every year… it’s one that raises money for charity and the trees are reasonably priced and in good shape.

As we were leaving I noticed a little tree leaning up against the shed. The fellow told us it might have been left by someone who sawed the top off a very large tree. He gave it to us for nothing. The girls were thrilled.

Our ornaments are a real hodge-podge. The only theme is “Christmas” and even that’s a pretty loose definition. I buy five or six new ornaments every year. We receive a few as well, mostly from Mark’s parents. And then there’s the girls own ornaments they make in school.

Here’s a shot of the two trees. This is a daytime shot, so they’re not lit. We bought new lights… multicolour LEDs. They’re the hot thing this year. They burn cool and save tons of energy, but you know what? They don’t have the same sparkle. It’s a little disappointing, and the tree glows very orange.


Both trees together:


I love Indian-inspired ornaments. Here’s one:


Peeks of some other favourite ornaments, including the Santa from the old Rudolph show, some made-in-the-Czech-Republic tin, and some home-made laminated paper snowflakes. The chain is one I made out of paper beads made from strips of magazines.


Sampling of our crazed combinations of ornaments: one Indian-style pink umbrella, a disco ball and Mark’s light-up starship Enterprise.


Funky reindeer… I’m just amazed a leg hasn’t broken off yet. I try to put these ones out of reach. I want to enjoy them!


This ornament on the small tree cracks me up.


Another view of the girls tree.


The paper chain was a family project last week. It stretched from one end of the kitchen to the other. Everyone is very proud of this accomplishment!

And here’s the crowning glory. You should know I am in love with this angel. She’s been in my family since the 1970s or so. Her face is smudged (my fault, I played with her too much when I was a kid) but I can’t ever replace her. That filigree? That’s REAL plastic! This is a scan, but she looks real purty on top of the tree.


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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