Friday, December 16, 2005

A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Tree-

I suppose most people have seen the movie "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

If I remember correctly, Charlie Brown purchases a forlorn little fir tree which disappoints his friends no end. The children discover the real meaning of Christmas, and with that, they lovingly decorate their little tree, turning it into a thing of beauty.

Well... We climbed down the hill, pruning saw in hand, to our little grove of young pine trees, as we've been doing for several years now. We found almost every one of the trees had died!

We did find one, barely alive. It was spindly, with some dead branches, but salvable (I thought.)

I had planned on loading down the tree with tons of ornaments and tinsel, but after hanging only two strings of lights the tree began to lean!

I fully expect this lightly decorated thing to keel over before the end of the holidays, and if it should, I'll post a photo.

In the meantime, though, I'm sort of enjoying this sad little tree. It is fresh, after all. (I'm trying to be optimistic here!)

Now I normally don't shop the day after Christmas, since I hate crowds, but this December 26 I'm braving the masses with the intent to purchase an artificial tree.

Hallelujah!

33 Comments:

Blogger SoozieQ said...

I think this kind of "tree" might come in handy. Is it just the angle or does this tree sort of have more branches coming out of the front adn almost none at the back?

If so, a tree like this would work PERFECT for those instances where someone needs a "wall tree". You know the kind that go up against a wall and then there's no room behind it? Or if someone needs a "corner tree" where there are two corners and they want to put the barren side fully in the corner. I think it's a great marketing tool...when I was in my little, teeny, tiny condo I might have actually had a tree if I could have found a "wall tree" like this :-)

3:17 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
You're right, the tree is even sparser in the back.
I even thought about using some fishing line to further support it from the ceiling, but don't even want to invest another 5 minutes on the thing.
Actually, I'm hoping it topples and I can blog about it!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

It's adorable! I love it!
What a great symbol to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
I think that would be great new tradition to start. "Our Charlie Brown Christmas".

5:03 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

sylvana-
Y'know I think I'm going to have to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special once again.
I saw the newer "Miracle on 34th Street" last night and almost teared up!
I really hope people get the joke here. I'm so blessed to have a home and loved ones.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

No joke, I think it's absolutely dear. Just perfect. Enjoy it.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

How can you not love that little tree?
It is beautiful, even if it is a leaning tree. :)

9:37 PM  
Blogger nope said...

That tree, having gave up it's life for such an honourable cause, deserves a name.

It's absolutely delightful, and I'm sure if it had any wishes at all, it was to serve out it's time decorated with glittery shiny baubles and surrounded by good prayerful thoughts (as in please don't tip over just yet).

8:33 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

susie-
I am enjoying the poor little thing quite a bit, but mostly at night when you can only see the lights!

nanina-
It's leaning a bit more today, perhaps I ought to take bets as to when it's going to topple?

indiaiynke-
If I name the tree, I'd feel as if it should be buried at the end of the season, rather than chipped as planned.

9:34 AM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

I think it's beautiful :). Only thing it's missing is popcorn strands and homemade ornaments.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I love the Charlie Brown tree.

But if you get an artificial tree will it be silver with the color wheel?

5:57 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

You know that huge tree of mine you commented on a while back?? (It's 7 1/2 ft tall, and really wide!) I bought it half-price at walmart after Christmas last year!

Glad your poor little tree has a chance to be pretty before it dies! When we lived in the country all the pine trees in our area where killed by pine beetles. It looked really sad.

6:13 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I'm sad for your little pine grove!! But your tree looks just perfect to me. I'm a little bit partial to the CB trees anyway. I always felt like him, and even had a friend like Lucy. But my bet is the 24th. It's gonna fall over for good on Christmas Eve. What do I win? ;)

10:05 PM  
Blogger jac said...

In a way you have done good, Sierra!
You didn't kill a tree, instead you gave a dying tree something to remember...a lovely christmas. It may be its last X'mas but you made it memorable to it.
Wow! an artificial tree???

11:34 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

killerchiapet-
Hi and welcome!
How right you are. It might be able to stand up under the weight of popcorn strands, but anything else...

squirl-
NO silver tree, and no color wheel!
What a memory you have.

kat-
I was thinking of heading to KMart or WalMart- thanks for the tip!
Yeah, I think we have pine beetles or borers up here too. It does look sad, but I'm worried about fire season next year. With all that dead timber, it could be bad.

eclectic-
Thanks.
You might be correct in the estimated tip-over date of the 24th!
Hmmm... you'd win... the tree! Either that, or a box of Rice-A-Roni The San Francisco Treat (ala Bucky.)

jac-
I like your thinking!
We've always taken trees from places where they're likely to die within a year or two anyways; such as right next to another large tree, or in a deep shade canopy.

12:13 PM  
Blogger defiant goddess said...

I sure hope that tree doesn't read this. The poor thing. I'm sure it's doing the best it can. ;)

I think it's kinda cute.

Feeble, yes. But so precious. I mean, really. If Mary & Joseph has a Christmas tree, wouldn't you kinda expect it to look like this? :) :) :)

7:03 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

goddess-
Wow, if the tree can read this I'm a little scared!

Mary and Joseph might have chosen a tree like this one, but I doubt their ass... ummm donkey would have liked to be seen hauling it around!

11:49 AM  
Blogger jac said...

Sierra
The problem is not if a tree can read, but if it can see its surroundings...a virtual eywitness.
It is scientifically proven that a tree can hear and feel. So why not read, write and see toooooo.

4:31 AM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

what a sweet little tree! However, I think an artificial one is a great idea....
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
(and none of that Happy Holiday bullshit)

10:12 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

jac-
Well, if this tree can see, it knows it's in a place of honor in our home.

cheesecakey-
I agree!
I do send a Season's Greetings to friends who are not celebrating Christmas, but we do celebrate Christmas- so that's why I'm all for Merry Christmas!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

I LOVE your Charlie Brown tree!! We've had a few of those over the years and they always end up some of our favorite memories. I'm sick yet again and still waiting until the puppy is okay to come home. In case I don't get to say it later, a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

6:34 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

rae ann-
Merry Christmas to you too!
I hope you, and your puppy, get better real soon. The Holidays are hard enough to get through without the extra stress.

12:56 PM  
Blogger defiant goddess said...

Reply to your reply:

LOLOLOLOLOL! I love your sense of humor!

3:24 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

goddess-
Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful Holiday!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Merry Christmas, hon!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

I just came by to wish you a Verry Merry Christmas! May your Christmas be blessed!

10:16 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Like the others, I just dropped by to wish you a merry Christmas, SierraB!

8:54 PM  
Blogger jac said...

Merry christmas !

4:50 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

squirl, nanina, eclectic and jac!

Merry Christmas to you!
I appreciate you all visiting my blog during such a hectic time.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Greenthumb said...

I love this tree!!! It's just like the trees I grew up with every year.

Sending you Christmas Cheer from Greenie-land!!!

XOXO

12:25 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Greenie!
You dropped by... it's a Christmas miracle!
Hope you had a wonderful Holiday.

11:32 AM  
Blogger defiant goddess said...

Hope you had a marvelous Christmas!

Happy New Year!

6:42 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Merry Belated Christmas, girlie girl!
And I think your tree is purty. :)

11:05 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

goddess-
Thank you, and a very Happy New Year to you!

bucky-
Back at ya!
I went down and bought an artificial tree just yesterday so there should be no more Charlie Brown trees in the future.

1:36 PM  

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