Twenty Feet of Garland


My Christmas tree.
It’s a real tree this year, a Douglas fir. It’s the first year I’ve had a real tree here. The first year we lived here, I had the infamous hanger tree. The one Morgan called insane, until her friends loved it, then suddenly it was cool and she asked for it again this year. But I wanted a real tree. I’ve always loved real trees, and this year since I had someone to help me manhandle a real tree, here it is!
With twenty feet of popcorn garland with cranberries and dried oranges, limes, and lemons.
Gingerbread men, cookie stars, and candy canes.
And Spiderman (and Star Wars and Disney–from the kids’ childhood days) and some old ornaments I hand-made years ago.
I’ve been loving it.

(Ross and Morgan will be here. No Weston this time, he can’t get leave for Christmas.)

Comments Leave a Comment
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn on December 21, 2015  

More posts you might enjoy:

Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter


16 Responses | RSS feed for comments on this post

  1. 12-21

    Merry Christmas! Hope you have a lovely week.

  2. 12-21

    What a lovely tree!

    I’m sorry Weston can’t come home for the holidays. But you have your other two, and your handy helper! Happy holidays, Suzanne. May all the best things come to you this season.

  3. 12-21

    Your tree is beautiful. It’s so good to hear that you will have 2 of your kids home for Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your family time together. Maybe you will get a deer for Christmas. :)

  4. 12-21

    I made a garland for the first time this year following your post. I hung it on my prelit evergreen garland framing my large kitchen window. I love it!

  5. 12-21

    Real trees are the best!!! Your tree is gorgeous and looks SO nice where you put it. SO happy two of your kids can be home to celebrate with you and of course your wonderful “helper”. Wishing you the best holiday ever with happy memories and lots of love. Thank you for all your wonderful, fun posts over the years. Always a treat to hear from you!! Love and hugs from me and the kitties to all of you there. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!!!!!

  6. 12-21


    Beautiful I bet it smells so good, did you cut the tree on your farm?

  7. 12-21

    No, the tree came from Kroger, lol.

  8. 12-21

    I must say, it was worth the wait for the pics…LOL! It really is beautiful. I love real trees, and I agree with bumblebee, it looks really nice where you put it. :reindeer:

  9. 12-21

    Although artificial trees are nice for the convenience and you can leave them up for a long time, nothing beats that wonderful smell of a live tree. Instantly transports me back to my childhood when everyone had a real tree. Have a Merry Christmas!

  10. 12-22

    Your tree is beautiful!!!
    Have a very Merry Christmas Suzanne!!!
    (And Rodney too!!)

  11. 12-22

    And the kids too!!

    How could I forget them!!

  12. 12-22

    Looks lovely! Merry Christmas to you and your family. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. 12-22

    Did you use any special gingerbread man recipe? I’d like to make ornaments also and would love your recipe. Thanks

  14. 12-22

    The recipe is here:

  15. 12-23

    A real beautiful country style Christmas tree. I love it all. Till 2 Christmases ago we had a real tree. And now, it’s too hard to get on the floor and water it. And it was always my job to get her out to the curb. Which left a trail of needles on my carpet. So we got a fake and to be honest,I love it. I tried to get one as real looking as I could and it looks pretty nice,prelit,too.
    But yours is so pretty with the garland of popcorn and orange slices,gingerbread men. May you enjoy Christmas with everyone while you can.

  16. 12-23

    Your tree looks so festive and must smell heavenly. It’s beautiful, Suzanne. I hope you enjoy your time with your family. I moved home to our family farm this fall to help my elderly mom., Only two of my three boys are coming home. My mom and I are already cooking up a storm. We eat shepherd’s meat and potato pie for Christmas morning breakfast with hot fruit every year for good luck. My middle one is in China teaching this year so he’ll miss it. But we are planning a Christmas Eve Skype with him. I hope you get to do that with Weston.

    Merry Christmas sweetie, and may 2016 bring you and yours much joy, good health and security all year long!

Leave a Reply

Registration is required to leave a comment on this site. You may register here. (You can use this same username on the forum as well.) Already registered? Login here.

Discussion is encouraged, and differing opinions are welcome. However, please don't say anything your grandmother would be ashamed to read. If you see an objectionable comment, you may flag it for moderation. If you write an objectionable comment, be aware that it may be flagged--and deleted. I'm glad you're here. Welcome to our community!

Daily Farm

If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter

The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....

Today on Chickens in the Road

Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog


July 2020

Out My Window

I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow

And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!

Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2020 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use