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About a tree

Miq and J, talking about Christmas in Albania:

J: I found a Christmas store today. They sell lights, ornaments, that sort of thing.

Miq: And trees?

J: You can get a 120 cm fake one for about 37 euros.

Miq: *sigh* I really don't want to buy fake tree.

J: Me neither. A real one...If you know a peasant, they'll kill one for you. I don't know any peasants, though...

O.o

Well, when you put it like that...

All the sudden I don't want a real tree.

:P

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frigg
Dec. 7th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Tree murderers!
mnfaure
Dec. 7th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
The peasants or J and I? ;)
frigg
Dec. 7th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
All! One hit-man, and the people who hired the hit-man. :p
mnfaure
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
*rofl*
bkdunn
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
The peasants probably need the work. Times are tough...
mnfaure
Dec. 7th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
That they are, that they are.
clarentine
Dec. 7th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
You'll appreciate this, then. We were considering what to do about the tree issue ourselves. The new house has a rather small living room, and with the woodstove in use we can't really put anything combustible (cf. tree, real or artificial) at that end of the room. We have a really big couch and a china cabinet in there on two of the three remaining walls, and there are tall windows on the third.

We have a fairly large artificial tree we bought probably 18 years ago. It's really good quality and still looks awesome, but it's big. If we put it up between the windows, the only alternative that doesn't involve relocating large pieces of furniture, no one would be able to see the TV in the far corner.

We thought about getting a real tree in a pot, but were dissuaded by the nursery guy - temperature shock would kill it as soon as we put it outside again. Might as well get a cut tree, if we're going to do that.

So, what did we do? We took our nice, big artificial tree and put it up sans back branches, so it fits more or less flush against the wall between the windows. It still blocks out the view of the TV from the very end of the couch, but that's liveable. And we have tree, and we didn't have to kill to get it, or spend anything but time!

(Of course, we had to run a cord through the middle and tie it to the wall, because it's top-heavy now, but that's a small price to pay.)
cathemery
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Clever!
mnfaure
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
hehe. Good solution. I've never left off back branches, but I have left them undecorated when lacking ornaments and the back wasn't visible anyhow. :P
cathemery
Dec. 7th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Fake tree inside, decorate a real tree outside with unbreakable or "disposable" ornaments, such as bird food and a tray of water on frozen mornings? ;)
mnfaure
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely idea, but in Albania, we'll be in a third story apartment with no yard/garden. I may just find a branch somewhere. :P
cathemery
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
oh, right - paper tree? There could be a lot of fun in that, with folded parts that open and glittery bits. :)
mnfaure
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
I've got ideas simmering! I'll keep LJ posted. :D
luna_e
Dec. 9th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Peasants, hit-men and murder, oh my! :)

I am attempting to create a "cat-proof" tree-substitute this weekend... If it works, I might actually use my account and post some photos...

Merry Christmas plotting and planning!
mnfaure
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting and waiting and waiting on a post from you.

I was just talking to my mil about you the other day, reminiscing about those old Colorado days. :)
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