U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Maine
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-25-2009, 10:53 AM
 
Location: some where maine
2,059 posts, read 3,642,890 times
Reputation: 1240

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by bevman View Post

Keep it simple.
i did that last year but the neighbors freaked out.buncha candy a$$ yuppies.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-25-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Winterport
143 posts, read 221,327 times
Reputation: 149
Quote:
Originally Posted by medievalbooks View Post
If it makes you happy and your neighbors happy, go for it. And be damned to your family - perhaps they need a good enema.

My husband is a candle in the window fiend as well and anything else is tacky. However, one of these days when I have the bucks, the monster 300 year old fir tree next to the house and store will get decorated...and lit up so bad the airport will complain in Boston.

That's the 'ole spirit....this very much cracked me up!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2009, 06:41 AM
RHB
 
1,096 posts, read 1,831,339 times
Reputation: 945
We don't decorate anymore. As a child, I remember driving around looking at everyones lights, having hot chocolate every Christmas eve. I still do enjoy looking at what other people do. We got out of the "habit" when I had a small house full of children...there was just no room for lots of stuff. We did make and decorate an evergreen outside for the birds though. I really liked some of my tree triming things, so I started using them for curtain tie backs, so I could enjoy them all year round.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
5,232 posts, read 13,556,847 times
Reputation: 6011
When I was young, tradition was after Thanksgiving we would go house to house and help decorate each other's trees. The rest of the decorating of the house would be done by those that lived there.

Hubby won't have anything to do with decorating that early. It makes him crazy.

Here we put a small cheap pre-lit fake tree in the second floor sitting room window. This year I'm looking for a 7 or 7 and a half foot tall pre-lit fake tree for the first floor sitting room. In the living room though, we buy the biggest tree we can find that will fit. It goes in the dining room bay window.

The front posts for the porch are wrapped in garland and lights with a big red velvet bow at the top of them. The two windows in the library, the window in the living room and the french doors in the first floor sitting room, and the front door all have wreaths with lights. Lighted garland around the mailbox post with red velvet bows.

Once I get it done I'll have to take photos. It winds up looking nice. I guess at some point I'll have to finish tearing out the flower bed out front though. It's half down and looking pretty trashy right now. It's the only thing they built well in this blessed house!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2009, 05:41 PM
 
2,352 posts, read 5,348,248 times
Reputation: 3846
We would eat turkey and all the fixins', dress into wool clothes, which Mother made and grab the toboggans.
The elder kids would drag the younger ones and head into the woods behind our house.
My father would always carry his .22 rifle in case a wiley wabbit was spotted.
There were many years we had snow and the sledding was tough.
The prettiest tree was selected by a 2/3 consensus, cut and loaded onto one of the sleds, then the trudge home.
Mom always stayed behind to ensure hot cocoa was awaiting us.
Pop would stay out, cut the tree to the appropriate length, nail it to the stand and bring it into the house.
Oohh. the smell of it, after thawing out, was a treat in itself.
The decorations were hung, most of which were handmade by us kids. When finished, we'd gather 'round the tree and Dad would plug in the lights....wow...it was magical.
To live the simple times again............sigh...
__________________
Sileo in pacis matris.
-----------
Terms of Service
FAQ
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-27-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
2,712 posts, read 4,915,859 times
Reputation: 1863
7th... it's not that hard... even if you don't still have the little ones, you can still have that sort of experience. You just have to do it!

That sounds pretty much like several of my days put together...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-28-2009, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Maine
425 posts, read 629,931 times
Reputation: 696
I think the only decorations that are tacky are the ones you blow up, like those huge inflatable snowmen or santas. Like the ones they have on used car lots, as if a giant dinosaur makes us think "gee, I need a new car!".
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-30-2009, 09:03 AM
 
8,760 posts, read 16,110,134 times
Reputation: 3486
Quote:
Originally Posted by starwalker View Post
7th... it's not that hard... even if you don't still have the little ones, you can still have that sort of experience. You just have to do it!

That sounds pretty much like several of my days put together...
I'm with you Starwalker! We still make a tradition of cutting the "right" tree, setting it up with the Christmas music on the stereo and having a Champagne toast under it when it's all decorated. Traditions change as we age, memories are always more wonderful than the moment we're in. I know we'll look back as fondly to the newer traditions we're enjoying now as we did when the kids were here to join us in the tree tradition.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-30-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
2,712 posts, read 4,915,859 times
Reputation: 1863
Mainah, I am on my own in the woods these days, hunting and cutting the tree... but I still enjoy it and will as long as I can hobble along on three legs (yeah, I took my walking stick and was glad I did!).

Tree this year is getting cut shorter, as it has to go on a table on account of the "baby" (6 mo old St. Bernard... who may well eat it anyway, but at least I tried! LOL). It's currently sitting in water, leaning up against the porch. Once its branches dry off a bit, and I finish the outdoor stuff, I'll bring it in. Stuff gets done in bits and pieces these days, too... though K will help with the lights on the tree and the higher ornaments.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-01-2009, 02:48 PM
 
63 posts, read 118,614 times
Reputation: 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by bevman View Post

Keep it simple.
Hahaha, wow. Something tells me that's not in downtown Camden...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Maine
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top