Looking like Christmas

Roamy here.  This is my craptree post.  If you don’t know what I mean by that, this is the original craptree and XBradTC’s craptree.  There is no chance of a Macy’s-style, coordinated ornament, white-light tree in this house.  In fact, Mr. RFH will tell you I gave him “the LOOK” when he suggested we “cull” the ornaments.

Let’s set the stage.  Alabama is not known for its snowfall, but we do get snow and ice on occasion.  This was Dec. 13th, and it was gone in a short time.

Doo doo doo, lookin’ out my back door…

Now for the tree…

There is a story behind the tree this year.  We usually have an artificial tree, but this cedar decided to grow too close to the sidewalk.  Mr. RFH decided it needed to come down anyway, let’s make it this year’s Christmas tree.  While it looked small in the great big outdoors, inside, well, its unprunedness looks like The Tree That Came To Dinner.

The kids grumped a little about the unkind nature of the needles, but they decorated it with gusto.  While I don’t have jalapeno lights or seashell ornaments, I do have nerd ornaments.  Here we have the Emperor’s shuttle from Star Wars, with the Space Shuttle peeking through the branches.

I have no idea how many space-related ornaments I have.  There’s a Star Trek shuttlecraft somewhere and this blown glass one:

I have no idea if plastic needlepoint is still as popular as it was when I was a little girl.  I think my sister-in-law actually made this one, but there are several that I made for my mom that are mine again.

Speaking of making ornaments for your mom, my son made this one for me when he was in kindergarten.

and my daughter made this one for me when she was in 1st grade.  I should have bought stock in teh glitter companies.

Now for the part everyone likes about Christmas – the COOKIES!!!

I copied this recipe for peanut butter crinkles out of my mom’s cookbook onto rejected stock my dad brought home from the papermill.  It’s dated 1977.  Same for the Chex mix recipe.  Can you tell I love traditions?  I also make Mr. RFH’s favorite cookies.

Here’s hoping you have some memories that make you smile, good food to eat, and Christmas joy to share.

7 thoughts on “Looking like Christmas”

  1. Aww. Those snow covered hills remind me of home when I was a kid. It was just like that, around the area called “Mountain Gap”.

    Wow. Thanks!

  2. I love, love LOVE this tree!! I have all of the Hallmark space ornaments and the Star Trek ones, too. Except the first ship, dammit.

    Only you can pull off Saturn V and Beethoven.

  3. What a great Crap Tree, Roamy! Thanks for sharing. Those cedars-that-aren’t-really grow like crazy in San Antonio and into the Hill Country. Lots of folks cut them down for Christmas trees, because they grow like weeds and hog the water.

    *Can almost smell the tree, and cookies baking.*

    *note the fancy parchment paper being used for baking* OOO-La-La! *

    And Merry Christmas to you and your family, iffin I miss sharing in the next few days, Roamy!

  4. Merry Christmas to all of you, and thank you.

    P.S. Cathy, the parchment paper hides how banged up the cookie sheets are. Aggie, I found the Beethoven at a convenience store here, no kidding.

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