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Christmas tree conflict!

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Anne58 Sat 14-Dec-13 16:40:43

Hello all,

I would value some opinions on this rather trivial issue!

We usually have a real tree, but this year can't go down that route. However, we have all the decorations (all silver, plain lights, uber tasteful!) and a fake tree up in the loft. This was bought five years ago, we used it the first year but then went back to real.

The tree is in 3 sections, and when put together is around 6ft 6 ins.

I am proposing that we put it up, but with just the 2 top bits.

Mr P doesn't want to bother tchsad says that he just wants Christmas over and done with, with as few reminders of the festive season as possible.

I appreciate that he is feeling down, and this will be a cut back Christmas, but so what? We have each other and a Lidl 3 bird roast in the freezer! (I know others have said that they weren't impressed, but we had one last year and found it suited us and was good value for money) and with the Morrisons tokens (thanks to those that supplied the missing ones!) we can buy the usual gammon/bacon joint thingy to apply curses to on Christmas Eve tchgrin

I have tried to convince him that NOT putting the tree up is akin to giving in, waving the white flag etc, but he remains unconvinced.

It will not cost a bean to put it up, and I think we would regret it if we didn't.

Your thoughts, please?

PS One year when we were going to be away for Christmas (we spent it in Bavaria!) I suggested that we didn't bother with a tree, and he almost pouted! Until we met, he hadn't had a Christmas tree for years, despite his ex-wife being German.

Enviousamerican Sun 15-Dec-13 22:15:39

tchshock Phoenix im quite impressed! Can't imagine how it would look cooked!

Enviousamerican Sun 15-Dec-13 22:20:08

Enviousamerican Sun 15-Dec-13 22:22:05

Messed that up! Never done it sorry....that was for Phoenix and Elgran.X

annodomini Sun 15-Dec-13 22:37:52

phoenix, I am now deeply concerned for all the small birds in Devon. grin
The non-veggie members of my family had a 3-bird roast from Aldi last year - chicken, duck, turkey. I imagine you could start with a pheasant and finish with a goose for a 5-bird effort! Mind boggles.

penguinpaperback Sun 15-Dec-13 23:28:28

Good to read you have your tree up Phoenix The white branch, tree sounds very stylish.

grannyactivist Sun 15-Dec-13 23:44:13

phoenix dontcha just love a conversation that meanders as this one has done? A joy to read and so glad that Mr.P has found his Christmas spirit, though imagine if it'd been the sherry rather than cider..... may well have ended in a bit of beastliness. tchgrin

Anne58 Mon 16-Dec-13 00:04:04

I can only wish and dream, ga , wish and dream!

Much love and thanks to all, off to bed now. (And no, just reading our books!)

And why is there no Christmas Moon?

GNHQ, please take note!

granjura Mon 16-Dec-13 19:37:11

Thinking of you Phoenix, so glad you've got the tree up and are happy with it. We've decided not to bother this year- as grand-children not here.

Anne58 Mon 16-Dec-13 19:43:03

Thank you granjura it will be only Mr P and myself, but I just felt that to not bother would seem like giving in to the current situation, after all we had the damn thing in the loft, so why not?

However, to turn the phrase on it's head, every silver lining has a cloud!

Mr P has found the awful flashing light/fibre optic tree (fortunately only about 18 inches tall) that he bought for the kitchen last year just to wind me up!

granjura Mon 16-Dec-13 19:59:36

We have decorated Ye Olde Parish room at the back, as the elderly from the village are coming for Christmas lunch tomorrow (about 40 of them) so that is our contribution for Christmas. Our youngest will be over from 24th, but she says she is not bothered about decorations. And best of all, for the first time ever, SHE will be cooking Christmas lunch and all the trimmings- blimey.

Anne58 Mon 16-Dec-13 22:16:17

Enjoy, you deserve it!

Skylark Mon 16-Dec-13 23:19:20

I hope you have your tree, Phoenix. My OH is much like yours, I fear, and your "Mr P doesn't want to bother" extract could easily have described Mr S! But we are 7 on Christmas Day and I don't want my guests to think I've not made an effort! At the very least I'll get a small one, and put up the arch of lights that we bought on the Christmas Market in Dresden a few years ago.

Hugs to anyone trying to get Christmas together whilst battling the tide of bah-hum from their OH; it seems there are a few of us.