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The Christmas tree is one of my favorite parts of Christmas….I love selecting the tree and putting up……stringing lots of lights and then sorting through all those wonderful decorations!  I love the way the house smells with a live tree!  After Christmas the tree goes off to be recycled and turned into mulch by the town.  The ornaments are a very fun part of our tree.   We have collected lots of special ornaments over the years and it is so fun to pull each one out and remember where we were when got the ornament.  We started a tradition a while back where we give each girl an ornament for Christmas and then when they leave and have their own home we can pass their collection of ornaments to them.  I always get one for myself too where I will be able to more easily part with ornaments!  We are planning to drink hot chocolate this year as we pull all our Christmas decorations for our “holiday” closet! 

Here are some interesting facts about Christmas trees:

Christmas Tree Facts

  • Christmas Trees provide pleasant experiences filled with fun and fine spirit!
  • Over 36 million American families enjoy the holidays with the fragrance and beauty of a real Christmas Tree every year.
  • Choosing a real Christmas tree is a fun outing for the whole family and easy to do.
  • Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  • Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non- biodegradable plastics and metals. Christmas Trees are the ultimate recyclable: Dead trees provide mulch, bird feeders, fish refuge and shore-up material for beach fronts.
  • For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
  • There are about I million acres in production for growing Christmas trees. Each acre of farmed Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen needs of 18 people.
  • There are about 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the US, and over 100,000 people employed full or part time in the industry.
  • There are approximately 5,000 choose and cut farms in the US.
  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is 7 years.
  • The top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, and North Carolina.
  • The top selling Christmas trees are: Balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine, and White pine.
  • Christmas Trees enrich our earth, our hearts and our souls.
  • Christmas Trees give us plenty of fun!

Oh Christmas Tree

1. O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
Thou tree most fair and lovely.
O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
Thou tree most fair and lovely.
The sight of thee at Christmas-tide
Spreads hope and gladness far and wide.
O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
Thou tree most fair and lovely.

2. O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
Thou hast a wondrous message.
O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
Thou hast a wondrous message.
Thou dost proclaim the Savior’s birth,
Good will to men and peace on earth.
O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
Thou hast a wondrous message.

3. O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
You glow with Christmas brightness.
O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
We sing with joyful lightness.
The radiance of this happy night,
To all of us gives hope and light,
O Christmas tree. O Christmas tree,
You glow with Christmas brightness.

We always like to read this book about Christmas trees.

Here is an ornament project we are going to do this year.  It has several different ornaments such as candy cane, wreaths, bows, bells, candles, and stars and then has a story to go with each one.  For example, the bell stands for ringing bells to guide lost sheep back to the fold and the candy cane, represents the shape of the shepherd’s crook which is used to bring lost lambs back to the fold.

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Well, I am going to go along with the holiday theme and blog about our favorite Thanksgiving/Christmas recipes on What’s for dinner Wednesday for a while….

This is a favorite that my grandmother used to make….it is great for Christmas or Thanksgiving and we like it served hot.  It is so good with the ham and turkey.  I found this recipe online that is very similar to hers and is what I am using.

I love traditions….new and old….my mom and I are were just talking today how things were “different” but that is okay…times change…new ideas emerge….different circumstances….really all we can do is be thankful for wherever we are and whatever we are doing…..here are some great traditions I found recently.  I am going to try the random acts of kindness one with our family.

Baked Fruit Compote Recipe

From Woman’s Day | November 15, 2005

INGREDIENTS

  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar (I use about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup wine (any decent kind)
  • 16 oz (21⁄2 cups) dried apricots
  • 1 cup pitted prunes (I use the kind infused with orange or lemon)
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks in juice, not drained (I use unsweetend)
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

* I also add one can of mandrian oranges.

PREPARATION

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Have ready a 2- to 21⁄2-qt shallow baking dish .2. Dissolve sugar in wine. Put dried and canned fruits in baking dish, add wine mixture and stir to mix. Cover with foil.3. Bake 1 hour, or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Uncover, cool and transfer to serving dish; cover and refrigerate overnight.4. Serve cold or at room temperature.Planning Tip: Can be made up to 1 week ahead. Refrigerate covered.

*We love this hot from the oven.

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