Show us your Christmas trees

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by audept, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Last night we had our annual Christmas tree decoration gathering. It's the same bunch of close friends every year and we had a great time last night. We always have a large dinner, last night was a large ham, a turkey, a side of salmon and various hot and cold salads. Alcohol was plentiful and a good time was had by all. We decorate the tree with various baubles and individual Swarovski crystals in memory of everyone that has passed on. My contributions were for my mother and Baci the dog in my avatar. It's a tradition that has been going on for the last 12 years.
    So, show us your Christmas trees!
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  2. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Its six in the morning and ive been up for two hours reading. The house is silent and warm. And my family are all here safe in their beds. Its the first night all the kids have been together since they left for university in the summer. This is the christmas gift i wanted more than anything. A house filled with family food books and conversation.
    Happy Christmas @audept from the Barber Kennedy family
     

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  3. Les Pedals

    Les Pedals Gretschie

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  4. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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  5. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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  6. Alanqa

    Alanqa Gretschie

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    Aug 22, 2019
    Lancashire UK
    Tree with parasaurolophus and giant dragonfly
     

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  7. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

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    Merry Christmas from the west coast IMG_6692.jpg
     
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    Roy Clark Synchromatic

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  9. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
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    first year living by myself in an apartment so I bought a small tree
     
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  10. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
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    Hope you are doing ok..man
     
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  11. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

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    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I’m doing great actually. Hope you are as well
     
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  12. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    So glad to hear that...and I am too:);)
     
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Feb 10, 2010
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    Our tree is nice, nothing overly fancy. My 3YO grandson helped decorate it this year, much to his delight. The biggest issue are the insane puppy and four cats. The tree is doomed.

    It's artificial, and prelit with LEDs. No needles, no fire danger, no Charlie Brown bare spots. I know a few fireman and not one of them would have a dead "live" tree in their house. Add in the outrageous costs for "live" dead trees (up to $25 per foot in some places), the mess and aggravation in setting them up, tearing them down, moving and disposing of them, and an artificial tree makes mountains of sense. Having spent 30 years building, painting and decorating a huge theater's XMas show, I can highly appreciate the ease of setting an artificial tree up. It's just as festive as any other tree, and we can still enjoy the age old pagan traditions of Yule.
     
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  14. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Gretschie

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    This is our non Christmas tree(the main dude is 'stinky timson' the Christmas sloth)
     
  15. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Gretschie

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    Leicestershire
    Then we have this...

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  16. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Real or fake, whatever someone fancies.

    I read an article on real vs fake trees a few years back. Some benefits of real are they’re surprisingly better on the environment despite being cut down. The emissions from producing the plastics as well as the long term effect once discarded are extremely negative.

    Before I retired, my military base would collect tree from base personnel and sink them to create artificial reefs. I wish more places would do it. Here’s an article on other places doing the same thing.

    https://greatecology.com/2018/03/01/artificial-reefs-real-diversity/
     
  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Like you said, each to their own.
    Our first artificial tree lasted over 20 years, and was donated to a another family. I get the idea of artificial reefs, but how long could a tree last? Old ships, concrete structures and so on seem better suited for that purpose. Here, they get mulched up for city parks and citizens' uses.
     
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  18. Merc

    Merc Friend of Fred

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Five or six years. Here’s a snippet from the link attached. They did use it in combination of other stuff though. And I’m glad to hear your tree was passed on as opposed to being discarded. :)

    Since Christmas trees take five or six years to decompose under water, the project is replenished with approximately 500 new trees every year—and more places are picking up the program. These Christmas tree reefs create fish nurseries, which are places for young fish to hide from larger fish and other predators. The algae, which grows on the decomposing trees, helps feed aquatic insects which feed a variety of fish and other aquatic animals, and can help oxygenate the water.
     
  19. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Central Florida
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