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I grew up with the tradition of going out with the family and cutting down a live Christmas tree. We would head out to a local tree farm, find the perfect tree and cut it down. After we were married we continued this tradition with our children. We did this every year until we moved to Florida and there were no local tree farms around.

 

The first year we lived in Florida our friends shipped us a live tree from LLBean! Yes you can actually ship a live tree through the mail! Not the small tabletop trees they now sell but a full size Christmas tree!Christmas tree

 

When we moved into our first home in Florida we decided that perhaps purchasing an artificial tree would make more sense. At the time (early ’90s) we spent what we thought was a lot of money on an artificial tree – $189! It was a beautiful tree that you would assemble branch by branch. Turns out it was an amazing investment as we used the tree for the next 21 years averaging out to a cost of $9.00 a year! We even moved the tree to Vermont and used it every year!Christmas tree

 

With an eventual move coming up and trying to get rid of the things that we will not move we decided to sell our artificial tree. It was still in excellent condition and although it had lost some needles over the years when it was decorated you really couldn’t tell it was fake.Christmas tree So we sold the tree this fall. Hoping that perhaps we’d have an offer on our home before Christmas.

 

Well that didn’t happen and here we are celebrating yet another Christmas in Vermont. No children or grandchildren home this year but we decided to go out and purchase a live tree from a local tree farm.Christmas tree

 

Our tree is adorable but half the height of our old artificial tree. Not to mention this tree must be watered every day as we have a woodstove and the tree tends to drink water! I imagine the tree will have to come down shortly after Christmas because the needles will start falling out.Christmas tree

 

Bottom line, when we eventually relocate to the Pacific Northwest we will once again invest in an artificial tree. Although I love the smell of a fresh tree the pros of an artificial tree out weigh the enjoyment of a fresh tree.Christmas tree

 

With an artificial tree you can set it up the weekend after Thanksgiving and it will still look as good for New Years. You don’t have to worry about daily watering. The branches are sturdy and can actually be moved so you can hang an ornament just right! The only downside besides the lack of smell is the fact that you have to store it each year.

 

What sort of tree do you have? I was always a live tree type of person but over the years I have changed my mind!frugal tips, prudent living

 

 

 

The Woodstock Wassail Weekend is a holiday tradition that sees the town come to life with festive holiday events and attractions the second weekend of every December.Wassail Parade The weekend’s nonstop schedule includes a parade, concerts, craft fairs, holiday house tour, and much more. Often named one of the prettiest small towns in America, the village of Woodstock, Vermont becomes the ultimate holiday destination during its annual Wassail Weekend.Wassail Parade

 

The highlight of the weekend is the Wassail Parade through the center of Woodstock with more than fifty horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the early 19th Century.Wassail Parade Spanning the entirety of downtown, the Wassail Parade winds past the stately First Congregational Church before circling the town green and the Woodstock Inn, where each entry is formally announced.Wassail Parade Throughout the route, upbeat crowds lined the street, waving and clapping and calling out “Merry Christmas!”Wassail Parade

 

Mr. Claus himself usually puts in an appearance and then heads on to our Little Theater where he greets the children at the magical “Christmas Visions.”Wassail Parade

 

The merriment of the parade, paired with the Christmas-drenched scenery of Woodstock (a town already celebrated for its visual charms), is an utter delight.Wassail Parade

 

After the parade, as the Yule log burned low, volunteers lighted the 400 glowing luminaries.

 

Can you believe it is December already? Where has the year gone? What better way to start off the month of December than with a giveaway!

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Several weeks ago I shared a post on getting organized for Thanksgiving, are you ready for a stress free Thanksgiving now?thanksgiving Hopefully your menu is set and you’ve realized that you can’t buy all the food in one shopping trip. Instead stock your pantry ahead of time with the basic items that don’t need to be refrigerated. Buy the perishable items just a few days ahead.Garden vegetables

 

When planning your menu don’t go overboard. Consider how many people are coming to the meal. Most people don’t want to over eat but want to enjoy the company of others. Include a few healthy choices for those watching their weight. Skip the fancy appetizers and just serve nuts, good olives or figs and prosciutto. Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes is another idea for a healthy choice!Appetizers

 

Create a game plan so you know what needs to be made when. Figure out which tasks can be done a few days ahead. Delegate! If you’re hosting this year don’t try to do everything yourself! Ask each person to bring a favorite dish or give them choices as to what they could bring. Remember your goal is to have a stress free Thanksgiving!dessert, pie, cherries, Recipe Box

 

Do as much food prep ahead of time as possible. Pies, blanched vegetables and cranberry sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.Chopped Onions

 

Identify which of the dishes that have to be made on Thanksgiving Day will take the longest. Work backwards from the time you want to eat, allow 10 minutes extra per recipe.

 

Figure out the cooking temperatures and see what can go in the oven at the same time. Have your recipes on hand; make copies if necessary to cut down on the clutter!

 

When your guests arrive give them all a chore such as setting the table or pouring the water. My sister in law has a wonderful way of letting everyone be a part of the preparation. She has chores written down ahead of time and when you arrive everyone draws one or two chores to do. Everything from setting the table to clearing the table is covered.

 

Take a few moments between eating the dinner and dessert. Set up a desert station on a side table with forks, plates, pie servers and coffee cups. Have the coffee pot ready to go so that all you have to do is hit brew.contest

 

Once the table is cleared put the dishes right in the dishwasher. If you are particular about how your dishwasher is loaded at least have the dishes soaking in the sink.

 

By planning ahead and delegating the food and clean up you will be able to enjoy a stress free Thanksgiving. I love hosting Thanksgiving! I use these same tips whether I’m hosting a dinner party or a holiday meal. It helps keep the stress of the day to a minimum.Frugal tips, prudent living, stress free Thanksgiving

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