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Old 12-24-2014, 09:53 AM   #21
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Two - one in the front window and an old artificial tree we've had since 1979 with all the special occasion and hand made ornaments we collected while the kids were growing up.
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I was going to say none for this year...we were going to be out of town, but plans changed and we are staying home.

When I asked my teenage boys if we should just do without a tree this year, I got the 'are you crazy' look - so we got a small tree this time.

We just do the one tree - it brings a festive feel to the house.
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No kids in the house, no entertaining, live alone, and don't exchange gifts, so no tree! No Christmas decorations, either.

It's not that I don't enjoy other peoples' decorations; I just don't see the need to do it myself. I have wonderful memories of Christmases past, and I don't seem to need the creation of more lovely Christmas memories for some reason.

All of this leads to a remarkably stress free holiday season. Others may stress out with entertaining, preparations, shopping, decorating, and cooking, but I can just sit back and enjoy the peace and serenity that surrounds me in my own home.

Oh, and BTW, we are agnostic and not brought up Jewish, but often we enjoy eating out at Chinese restaurants on Christmas, too. I think they get a lot of business on Christmas.
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When we did the full monty we started on Halloween and did not get it all down until February. We did unplug after Jan 1 though.
People take their Christmas lights down? We unplug first week in January but if we get a significant snowfall in Jan or Feb, they come back on to help cheer everyone up - and because they looks so good covered in snow. Anything on the upper eaves gets to stay up unless I am feeling really ambitious in May or it's time to change something.
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One big tree. 8+ noble fir. Impressed that it is drinking almost a gallon of water a day this year. Trying to figure out what I did right.
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Zero. I'm an atheist (born Jewish), so Christmas means nothing to me and never meant anything to me. It's someone else's holiday when everything is closed except movie theaters and kosher delis in Jewish neighborhoods.
...and Chinese restaurants
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:43 AM   #27
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We went artificial when I was 11 and never looked back. DH has major allergies, so a tree in the house--nope, can't happen. Plus, the idea of the whole country and all of Europe and who knows where else cutting down so many trees each year--a waste of usable land to grow trees only to be cut down and then thrown away, well, that doesn't appeal. I was supposed to be home and off this year, so I was going to decorate with Dickens houses and a toy train we have, but...I look forward to a pretty Christmas house next year.

In the apartment I'm staying while I'm working, I bought a swag that looks nice on the coffee table and a candle in a jar for scent. It's been just 3 of us for years. We're pretty much agnostics but always did enjoy the presents and the stockings and the Santa thing, and it is a good excuse for the family to do things together and stop working on projects for one day, and share a special meal. I usually make ham (Turkey ham), but this year I'm making slow cooked smoky flavored oven baby back ribs--Yum!
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Two, one in family room and one in front of living room window. The one in family room will come down Jan 7, The living room tree gets re-decorated as a "snowman tree" with white lights and only snowman ornaments. Use it as a seasonal decorations, usually comes down about the time I tap our maple trees for sap/making maple syrup, start the next season.
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Here's my little tree, a live one in a pot. Minimalist decoration this year.


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1 live tree.

Artificial trees? I don't get it. Live trees are totally sustainable agriculture and get recycled after the holiday season.

Nostalgia - I always cherish the memory of driving out to the tree farms in Connecticut in the winter snow; cutting down the tree; hauling it back to the house; and trying to jam the huge tree through the front door. Sometimes we needed a bit of a running start.

I am also non-religious but I do get a genuine emotional uplift at this time of year when the days start to get longer. I have no problem conflating a solstice celebration with western secular Christmas traditions. If early Christians could co-op pagan traditions I can do the reverse.

The lights and decorations come down on New Years day.
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Only one tree (artificial, 3'-tall, tabletop tree). Before downsizing to an apartment, we used to have a 7'-tall artificial tree in our house.
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When I moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles, I needed to downsize, so the artificial tree and boxes of ornaments, lights etc were sent to a thrift store.

However, there is a stocking hanging on my bed-post which has been there since last Christmas. I never got around to taking it down! Last night, I stuffed it with gifts for my SO. The other indication that it is Christmas is 2 strings of LED lights draped around my window.
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None. Not to sound Scrooge-like, but we actually put our old artificial tree out in today's garbage. We do the indoor Christmas decorations, just no tree. No family visitors and we are in the middle of a remodel.
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One REAL cut tree. We make a fairly big deal on the tree every year since we have been collecting ornaments from our travels. Instead of setting out useless doodads all year long, we hang useless doodads from a tree for one month out of the year. It's nice to be reminded of various good times. I don't think we have two ornaments alike and we can remember where almost every single one came from.

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I've never put up a tree in my own home. I'm single with no kids. When I go to my parents house in the morning they will have 1 small artificial tree. I've never see or even heard of anyone having more than one tree.
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...........the idea of the whole country and all of Europe and who knows where else cutting down so many trees each year--a waste of usable land to grow trees only to be cut down and then thrown away, well, that doesn't appeal.
On the other hand, the land is being used for revenue generation and the trees are used for a purpose. Most of these tree farms are on private land. Kind of like growing forests to cut and make timber for building purposes. So I don't see it as a waste.

It also provides local jobs rather than ones in the artificial Christmas tree factory in China.
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1 - artificial handmade German two footer with wood decorations - came with the new wife.

0 - plus the big kahuna Blue Spruce tree (6-8 ft) in the front yard when I was single - did outdoor lights and star on top. I had trouble with the ground level yard reindeer, spiral trees and candy cane cause the Golden Retriever would pee on them and wipe sections of lights giving a odd look.

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One real tree and two small fake ones that the kids like to decorate.

Most years we use a fake tree so we don't need to worry about it while we're traveling, but we're staying home this year so we could go real. I really prefer the real tree. (Although we've used the fake one for coming up on 15 years...huge money saver!)

Merry Xmas everyone!
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Zero. I'm an atheist (born Jewish), so Christmas means nothing to me and never meant anything to me. It's someone else's holiday when everything is closed except movie theaters and kosher delis in Jewish neighborhoods.
Zero here as well. Not Jewish, but certainly atheist, and always go to the movies with my Jewish friends on Christmas if I don't get dragged home to NorCal.


And oh yes, thank goodness for the Chinese restaurants!
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No tree for us either. We used to do it when we lived on a city street but now we are out in the country and just can't be bothered.
I don't mind Christmas, I guess, but it isn't a big deal for us. Meh.


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