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Opinion

The Search for a Perfect Christmas Tree

A Column by the Editor
web posted December 3, 2012

COLUMN – Saturday was the first weekend in December and that meant gathering the family together to go find the perfect Christmas tree for our home. It now takes two vehicles to carry everyone including our daughter and son-in-law with granddaughter Lacee, our son and his girlfriend, and our daughter with her friend Kyle, stationed at Ft. Gordon, plus the two of us. Just to be up front, I was alone in voting for an artificial tree this year that was voted down. And so the saga began.

This year we went to the Mills family's Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm on Garrett Road. I knew I was in trouble already. However, the ground rules had been set in stone, or wet clay as it turned out. My wonderful bride and I agreed that if I could not stand flat-footed and place the tree topper on the tree without a ladder, the tree would not be bought.

As the family started the search, every tree in the six foot range was ignored. I found several well shaped trees in different varieties during the search; they were all shot down with my bride selling me out to the kids.

The next thing I knew we were in the middle of hundreds of trees in the ten to 14 foot range. It was then I knew I was really in trouble.

I tried every trick in the book. "The stump is crooked", "it is too big around", and "I don't have a ladder tall enough to reach the top". Okay, they knew the latter was not true because in 2001 we had a tree that topped out at 15 feet. What was I thinking back then?

As my knees began to give from walking so much, we settled on a tree marked by our son's girlfriend Rita. A ten foot tree that met all of "their" requirements and a worker cut the tree down and we loaded up for a hayride back to the buildings. Of course our oldest daughter, her husband and our granddaughter were able to find their "perfect" tree, a simple six to seven footer after making sure our tree was much larger. I feel like I was set up from the beginning.

With all of our children now grown, and since they picked out the tree they got to set it up and decorate it.

The long process became much shorter when the SEC Championship game between Georgia and Alabama was scheduled to be broadcast. Everyone, except me, pitched in to get the tree finished before kickoff.

However, in the end the tree was placed and the official kickoff of Christmas got underway. And, as always, I told my bride I did not want to know how much she spent on Christmas gifts. It doesn't do any good and it just puts me in a rotten mood before Christmas.

We save that until January along with taxes.

Merry Christmas.



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