The upstairs Christmas tree in our house glows brightly in the night, as it is covered with lights and ornaments. And ribbon, for a nice touch.
Since the last post looked at our downstairs Christmas tree, here is a look at its sister tree, found in our upstairs hallway. And as with the downstairs tree, you can see that we like lots and lots of lights here, too. That goes for all of our trees. Because you can’t have too many lights, can you?
Back in the old days, both of our trees used to have general ornaments on them. Some Disney ornaments, some that people had made, and some others, too. But last year, Laura decided that the upstairs tree would be a cowboy/western tree, and so that is what it is now. You may not be able to see all of the ornaments in this view, but they definitely do have a western flavor. And even the tree skirt at the bottom and the star at the top get into the act.
If you are wondering, our Christmas trees are artificial. That doesn’t have to do with us being tree-huggers who don’t want someone to cut down trees that will grow back anyway. Although if we did want a live Christmas tree, I think it would be neat to do it the old-fashioned way and go through our woods to find the right-sized cedar tree to cut down and drag to the house, just like I have heard of my great-grandparents doing. But we don’t do that.
No, there are two main reasons that we have artificial trees. The first is cost, because we don’t have to go buy trees every year, although if we used the cut-our-own option, cost wouldn’t be a factor anyway. But the other main reason that we have artificial trees is so that we can put them up early and leave them up late. We didn’t get them put up quite as early this year as we sometimes do, but we won’t be taking them down on the day after Christmas, either. And if you were to come to our house on New Year’s Day, you would still see Christmas trees then, too. With leaving them up for a while, we don’t have to worry about keeping them watered and alive.
Apparently, our artificial trees look pretty good, judging by how our cats (before they passed on) used to eat the fake pine needles off of the trees. And if you are wondering, those don’t digest very well, nor do they go down as easily as they come up, apparently.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” - Luke 2:10-12
About the Photo
Unlike the downstairs tree photo, which was a combination of two different exposures, this photo involved just one exposure, although I used Photoshop to spruce it up. Not that the tree is a spruce tree. Or maybe it is, I can’t remember.
Photo: A single RAW exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Olympus M.Zukio 25mm f1.8
Date: December 16, 2015
Location: Our house, Williston, Tennessee