Monday, December 8, 2008

Tree Trimming

When my parents were first married, they started the tradition of having a Tree Trimming Party every December. This party involved special foods and Christmas tree decorating and just the two of them. Of course as they started having children, we joined in the fun. It was one of our favorite times of the year. Because this tradition meant so much to us, as we've gotten married, we've tried to share this with our spouses. Jeremy hasn't had much Christmas in the past few years. No tree and I know a couple years ago, he spent Christmas day alone. So, Christmas doesn't hold the same magic to him as it does to me. Nevertheless, I'm hoping to inspire more of the Christmas spirit by sharing favorite Christmas traditions and Christmas foods with him.
Last Friday night was our tree trimming party. It was more last minute than I'd anticipated, but it came off okay. I quickly pulled together a bit of "party food" and we listened to Bing Crosby croon Carols as we decorated. This was followed by a little snacking and a game of Scrabble where Jeremy soundly beat me.

Our little 3-foot tree perched on top of a bookcase. Jeremy's favorite part is the angel at the top of the tree. As he has no ornaments, all them on the tree are from my collection.
Jeremy playing with a slinky while admiring our tree. :)

My Christmas goody spread.

We had a cheese/cracker/meat plate (I made a tiny cheeseball with some cream cheese, sharp cheddar, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and season salt), veggie plate (cucumbers and celery), chocolate dipped pretzel plate, and a bowl of Chex Mix. I made some Christmas tea and we had some Oliver's Rose Wine. It turned out quite nicely considering the party's hasty birth.

Us at the end of the evening. Actually, this was before Jeremy beat me by 100 points at Scrabble. I might not have been smiling quite as widely afterwards!


Heather L. said...

You did a great job with your spur of the moment party!!!! We had our tree-trimming tonight and I have as yet to go back and "fix" the concentration of ornaments at the bottom front of the tree. :) Sorry about the job hunt being unproductive. i hope that it won't be long before you find something.

Lana Joy said...

I love this idea. I've never really heard of it before (the tree-trimming party), although I suppose we did something similar. It wasn't ever formalized, though. And in the last few years, it's been meager at best (with just Mom & Dad or myself included into that mix).

The goodies looked really good and it was a beautiful spread.

Well done, cuz.

Alaina said...

Your tree is so cute! I love this tradition although it's a little more work now that we are in charge don't you think? :)

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