Monday, December 21, 2009

a Maple Valley Christmas...

a white spruce tree from the local Christmas Tree Farm, Goetsch Tree Farm-Coral, Michigan a little helper to decorate...
this morning's breakfast (steel cut oats and kefir, oh yes, raspberry preserves too)
the snowman collection stays out all winter...
no lights on the off-grid tree

Cookie baking today, large dinner served to 6 workers too! Come for dinner!


Martie said...

I would miss the lights not being on the tree. (Funny, I did not even think of it till you mentioned it. :p )

The house looks wonderful. Trust you all have a wonderful Christmas!!


Kelle said...

The tree is beautiful, and doesn't it make your home smell wonderful?
I like no lights on the tree but my family likes lights, so this year we comprimised and put on LED lights, now energy efficient, no fear of fire( they stay cool) and also very pretty.

We have snowman items we keep out all winter too. In fact I just picked up a snowman tea pot at the Good Will in the city for $1.25, plus a few other snomen items and craft stuff, all total it was less than $12, to fun! I'm posting pictures of our finds on our blog today!

Merry Christmas to you and your family, may your time together, remembering the birth of our Savior, be well blessed.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I would miss the lights too, in all the times I have thought about your life I never considered the TREE! How did they have the guts to put those little candles on them in old times? Scary.
Pics are great.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

Anonymous said...

LOL, I forgot you wouldn't have lights on your tree! But I bet there will be plenty of home made decorations - hope you'll let us see when you get it all decorated. We're getting close to the big day. Blessings to you and your darling family! Merry Christmas!...debbie

Anonymous said...

We put live candles on our Christmas tree.
You can buy the little holders and candles at Christmas specialty shops or on eBay.
It's an old German tradition and pretty safe if the tree is fresh.
A live evergreen tree is very, very reluctant to burn.
Never the less, I keep a bucket of water in the corner and don't leave the room.
The candles really make the tree special.

The only problem I ever have with the live candles is that they will set off the smoke detector in about 3 minutes so I pull the battery when I light the tree. The candles on the Christmas tree also freaks out my mother-in-law and she won't come over to visit (can be a good/bad thing)
And on a practical, housekeeping note, wax will drip onto the floor and it's pain to scrape off.

But all things consider, live candles on a Christmas tree are beautiful, economical and very traditional.
Merry Christmas to you and yours

Ang said...

hi granny! thanks for the tip. my grandma and grandfather have these as my grandfather's parents were from germany. pretty neat! maybe someday :) i can get some. i agree, i am sure the tree being fresh would not burn. I have lit enough fires in my day to know this :)
Merry Christmas everyone!
Ang aka Homemakerang

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