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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Our first Christmas tree

This is our first Christmas as a married couple living together. How many first times to experience! Both of us are from families who put up the Christmas tree on the evening of the 23rd - it is German custom to do it either that evening or on the morning of the 24th of December. We, however, decided to put up our tree early this year! So last Sunday (2nd of Advent) we jumped in the car, drove around and actually bought a tree from a farmer a few miles from our place. Btw our tree is a real tree, of course!
After cutting part of the trunk off and fighting with the tree holder (or whatever the right English word is) we decorated our tree together while watching a Brian Setzer Christmas concert DVD - which was a compromise between listening to a Christmas CD or to other CDs :).
Isn't it interesting to start new traditions when you start your own family? Adopting one or the other, a mix or something new and all your own? The decoration on our tree is a mix of both our family's traditions. Fortunately our tastes are rather similar - and we both like only old-fashioned tinsel. So now every day when it starts getting dark we enjoy the lights on our tree as we sit in our livingroom! Here are a few more glimpses of our tree: