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Oh how I love the scent of a fake Christmas tree!

Many years ago Becky and I bought our first Christmas tree. It was a good quality artificial tree which we have used up until last year. In the box, which we dragged home on public transit, was a natural pine oil scent kit and about a dozen real pinecones to put the oil on.

In our excitement (….and lack of any experience with scented oils) we used the entire bottle of oil. It was a tiny bottle! You can probably guess what happened next. Overwhelmed by the smell of pine, with tears actually in our eyes, we realized that the tiny bottle was probably a 10 year supply! We quickly collected the pinecones and put them in the trash. Not before they probably dripped all over the tree in the process.

It was a ‘fresh’ December day so we opened all the windows and put our jackets on to air out the room. It eventually became bearable again. At least our eyes didn’t sting too much anymore.

So that is the history of our existing tree. Every year for probably the past 10 years we have discussed buying a real tree, but in the end decide to stick with our fake. Until this year. Finally we got a real one!

Once we brought it inside I felt like it should be decorated very simply. Some white lights and Becky and I were inspired to string some popcorn for a garland. That’s it so far. Not sure if we should add any more to it.

Here’s what it looks like so far. The best part of having a real tree in the house…..the natural pine scent!! 🙂

So what do you have? Artificial or a real tree?

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All We Want For Christmas is…

Becky and I have a very short wish list for Christmas. It only had two items. We have both found ourselves in recent years not wanting more “stuff” in our lives.

For years now Becky has had a rule, and it goes something like this… “If we bring something new in the house, something has to leave the house.” Huh? But I don’t want anything to leave the house. I am by no means a packrat, but that seemed a little harsh. But catch me on the right day and you can get rid of whatever you want because we probably don’t need it. I tend to gravitate more towards the rule of – if you haven’t touched it in six months you can safely get rid of it. I’m sure Becky might say otherwise but in my mind I like to believe that that’s my way of thinking.

We decided this year to not exchange gifts, even with each other. Yes it’s fun to open things up on Christmas morning, but we’ve decided that we have enough in our lives right now that we don’t need more.

However, we do have two things on our Christmas wish list. To further our homesteading skills and abilities we have our eye on an Excalibur Dehydrator and an All American Pressure Canner. We’ve discovered after jarring several different food items that these two devices would serve us very well and enable us to expand what we preserve.

So here goes our shameless pitch to Santa….We’ve both been really, really, really good this year and are surely on the ‘nice’ list.
P.S. – We will even get rid of two items from the house once these arrive!

We hope you are all enjoying the wonders of the holidays.

Stan and Becky

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