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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-15-2013 02:26 AM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is that time of year, time to put up the Christmas Tree…
I’ve grown fond of smaller trees (the so-called “Table Top” size), but apparently so have many other people, because they’re getting increasingly hard to find!
Luckily, those of us who work with wood can improvise…
This year, the Tree will go next to our Front Window, so others can enjoy it as much as we do…
I placed the Tree stand in the desired spot and measured to the ceiling… The Sky is not the limit!

After measuring, an elaborate plan was drawn and implemented… Very important, to allow for the Tree Topper!

A single, regulation Tree was required… One was procured, and brought down to the Basement Shop… It’s too Cold to work outside today!

I had to buy one of their smallest, a full five footer, but it should work very well…
The Tree-top Star is added now, temporarily, so a proper height can be determined…

This must be why they call it “trimming” the Tree…

And after it is cut to length, there is nothing left to do but attach the stand and put it where it belongs… and clean up the mess…

The Tree will be left alone for a day or so, before the lights and ornaments are added, to allow it to thaw and droop as it wishes… And watering has not been forgotten, they are very thirsty!!

One last thing to do…
Perhaps in the tradition of the old Yule Log, for generations my Family has taken a cutting from the Tree and saved it in an old decanter bottle…
Upon the raising of the New Tree, the Old clipping is burned, and then replaced with New… And the Tradition continues… :)
14 December 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 02:57 AM

Merry Christmas Mike and Debbie!

Mike, love the tradition with the cutting!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 03:05 AM

Nice work Mike. We are into the small tree mode too now that the kids are all grown up ;-)) Merry Christmas!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 03:17 AM

Merry Christmas. Woodworking at its finest!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 03:19 AM

I wish I could get the wife to agree to a small tree. She still wants the full size one. She does like the idea of your tradition old tree new tree clippings, we will be deciding on that tomorrow. You did a great job on yours. Happy holidays.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 03:20 AM

Great job Mike.
Loved the elaborate plan…lol
And your tradition on the clipping is really cool.

I hope you & yours have a very Merry Christmas.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 03:58 AM

Merry Christmas, Mike. you made it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 04:04 AM

Thanks my Friends, and a Very Merry Christmas to all of You!
The smaller Tree is just so much easier to deal with; everything about it, the moving in, the decorating… Even the disposal…
But we still get the wonderful ambiance and Oooh, that fresh piney smell!

The tradition of the burnt offering is an old one in our Family and was brought to America by my Great-Grandmother from France… I watched, wide-eyed, as a child as my Dad would burn the old trimmings… They burn like Mad, lustily and crackling loudly!!
And I also watched, as he would reverently save some from the latest Tree… As though by saving it, he had placed insurance against the future; i.e.,we all would have to be well and here next year, we had a duty to perform! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 04:35 AM

Very Pretty, and well documented! A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and Debbie.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 09:29 AM

Well done Mike, I hope you used the trimmed off pieces to make a wreath or something. I wonder where the saving, burning idea came from. Kind of nice with some little rituals like this to mark the day.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 09:52 AM

what a great share michael

a prayer for all for this coming year
and beyond ….

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 12-15-2013 12:52 PM

Mike Thanks for sharing your wonderful family tradition.
May You and yours hae a guid Christmas
Fae us an Oors

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 12-15-2013 01:59 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Have a safe holiday season

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 02:36 PM

Happy Holidays Mike, I admire your tenacious planning and precisely engineered plan and drawing ! Looks a lot like my own ! Hope Santa finds your chimney big enough for his deposits….. Don S.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 03:36 PM

very good and efficient, had not heard of the burning of the piece from the previous year, hmmm might have to mention that to my son, he loves to burn things…Merry Christmas mike and debbie…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 12-16-2013 01:35 AM

Have a great holiday you all! When we plug in the lights on our “tree” the aroma of warm plastic is underwhelming. My wife just got tired of the shedding needle mess and I gave in to keep peace in the house. But I HATE PLASTIC TREES!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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