Friday, December 18, 2009

Trimming the Tree Tradition for Pink Saturday!

Perry Como croons Oh Holy Night right in our very own living room. Mom and Dad, not completely convinced the newfangled invention called television is here to stay, have moved the trusty old radio only as far as the dining room.

“Truly a miracle," Mom murmurs, enchanted with the black and white snowy screen.

“Where do you want it?" Dad, stomping snow off his boots and hanging onto a freshly cut, sweet-scented, green spruce, hollers from the kitchen.

As Mom shows him the selected spot for this year's Christmas tree, I whip on my winter jacket, hat and mittens, speedily lace my figure skates, and flee—sailing down the street to the Dober Mining Location ice rink next to Trebilcock's house—making my getaway.

(I will not return until the strands of lights have all been safely unsnarled, sorted, and clipped to the tree.)

A man's job, Dad grapples, gripes, and grumbles, untangling the mess from the previous year, while I, skidding safely along the ice, hum Joy to the World and calculate the minutes until I'm sure the lights are strung in perfect symmetry. Only then, do I venture back to smooth the silver icicles with my little sister Connie, hang the old pink and lavender swirled balls, and watch while Dad plugs in the cord.

The lights flash on, flicker, and fade. Breathless, anxious, the family waits while Dad—grinding his teeth—screws a “good" bulb into each socket until at last the little tree is full-blown with multi-colored light. It is a masterpiece! Its shining stars sparkle in celebration, illuminating, reflecting Dad's grin which spreads from ear to ear...



  1. Coralie, the picture is beautiful.

    Have a wonderful weekend.



  2. OMG! Coralie! As always, your writes are fabulous! & bring back many a memory, minus the dad-person. Love your story.

    I had a dress that was similar to yours ... Mother loved it!

    Another beautiful memory ... TY for sharing.

    Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

  3. What a wonderful story Coralie, and that dress is gorgeous! Have a delightful weekend!

  4. That photo is beautiful. I always hate not knowing which light bulb is the bad one in a strand of lights. Thanks for sharing the story. Also, thanks for your kind comments on my blog. ~Cassie

  5. Just beautiful Coralie..
    have a lovely Christmas ans New Year.
    Julia ♥

  6. Oh take me back. I can just see my Dad tangling with the lights and wrestling with the bottom of the tree! Shades of Ralphie and the Christmas Story. I love it and your picture is oh so pretty. You haven't changed much.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Coralie, this is a sweet story and great photo, and it takes me back in time to when I was 10 years old. I am a wee bit older now, and celebrate with my own family.
    When we take down the lights we wrap them around a piece of cardboard, which is helpful in preventing a tangled mess!
    At my house as a child, there was a Lionel train running around the base of the tree.

  8. Coralie,
    You look so beautiful there in front of the tree!! Your Christmas tree story brings back so many wonderful memories!! Thank you for sharing with us! Merry Christmas, sweet friend! Vicki

  9. Why was it that the checking of the lights was a man's job when women have more adept fingers and a whole bunch more patience?

  10. Who is that Stunningly Beautiful Girl???? Coralie you were beautiful then....and beautiful now! What a wonderful memory! It makes me want to put on the ol' skates!!
    Bless you friend,

  11. What special memories for you. I love the photo. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.

  12. Coralie, you took me a bit backwards in time to my dad, the tree and the lights. He was as amazed as any child at the beauty of the tree, the season..and his family. I can still see that sweet smile as the lights "worked" and all the little candle lights began to "bubble" away. Ohh, how I loved those lights.
    Happy Pinks Coralie..and may you and your family have a most belssed and wonderous Christmas..

  13. Thank you for sharing this beautiful memory with us and your picture is divine! That dress is fabulous!!

    Love and hugs,

  14. What a fabulous "back in time" post. I love tradition, but LOVE the prelighted trees more:-).

  15. Precious story! Love the part about the radio... And screwing in all those bulbs. What a beautiful girl! (same as now...) Love the dress, so sad that fashion era has ended. Much prettier than jeans, I must say!

    Anyways, have a very special Christmas this year!

  16. Aww what a beautiful story! What a georgeous picture! Happy Pink Saturday sweetie...thanks so much for sharing. Grace

  17. such lovely post and pretty photo too! thanks for sharing and Happy PS!

    have a good weekend!

  18. Incredible story - you're very talented and I'm so happy I found your blog! :)

  19. What a wonderful story Coralie! I haven't had much time to read lately but am loving the stories from your book!


  20. Coralie... this was a lovely post, and I can picture the whole scene. That was a lovely word picture you created for us. Enjoyed it immensely.

    Happy Pink Saturday...


    Sheila :-)

  21. As always I love your stories! You have such a way of bringing whatever you're telling to life and the photo is gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

    Cathy ♥

  22. You are a wonderful writer.
    You really should write storys (maybe you do).
    It is allways such a pleasure to reas your storys,
    Have a great weekend

  23. Thank you for bringing back some forgotten memories of my own. Didnt you just love the trees we made back then. I loved the icicles and the big lights and the smells. Thank you for reminding me of times gone by
    Come by and visit my tradition.

    Merry Christmas

  24. Perfect! A wonderful Christmas memory and tradition, Coralie! Thank you for sharing with us and Happy Pink Saturday. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Christmas blessings,

  25. What a wonderful story and a lovely picture:)!



  26. Beautiful pictures, Coralie. Is that you in the last pic looking lovely? Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas~

  27. Oh Coralie, don't you just love it all!!?? What a fantastic memory and pictures, Happy Pink Saturday and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. I will see you in the New Year, Char

  28. Most wonderful story Coralie! Love the photo! Merry Christmas and Happy Pink Saturday!

    Back Porch Blessings,

  29. Hello Coralie. Such a wonderful tradition and beautiful photo.
    Happy PS. Enjoy the holiday season.


  30. I can smell that wonderful tree. The photo is amazing.

  31. I love the picture of you! The tree was so pretty too. Makes me oh so thankful for prelit trees! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

  32. Merry Christmas, Coralie! I think that your Christmases were so like mine!!! That anticipation when the strand of lights was plugged in,and we waited until each bulb was "good" and aglow!!! WOW! It didn't take a lot for excitement back then, did it? Just a strand of lights. I love your Christmas picture. You look so beautiful by that tinseled tree. Thanks for sharing all of your memories. Have a blessed Christmas season making many more wonderful memories with those you love!

  33. Oh yes, those pesky tree lights! -giggles-

    And who is the lovely lady under the "pink" tree? :-)

  34. Merry Christmas Coralie
    It's my first time to your blog...not sure why... but here I am.
    I adore your writing, your pictures and I'm so so happy to have met your niece with those beautiful rescues. I also rescue. We have 6 that look a lot like the ones in the photo under the tree. We just rescues brother and sister that are 11 yrs. old. It's their first Xmas with us. You can see all our rescues on my "about me" page if you so wish.
    Happy PS
    Love Claudie

  35. I just love your blog! It makes me smile! Kerrie

  36. What beautiful sentiments! I'm touched by your writing. I also love your sweet furry babies! We have 5 adopted forever friends. All were throwaways, but have found a huge place in our hearts (and in our bed!!!). I started a blog last week after spending many months reading everyone elses. I invite you to stop by my blog, as I have very few ladies who have come by so far. I'm excited about many of the same things that you love, thrifting, repurposing, romantic, shabby, cottage-style decorating. I am inspired by you and many others.

    Have a wonderful Christmas..

  37. Hi Coralie,
    What a beautiful photo to go with the lovely story!! That dress is amazing!!! I just read your sweet comment over on my Background Fairy blog and wanted to pop over and thank you, that was one of the nicest comments that I have ever received. You really made my day!

  38. Coralie, what a beautiful post! Such a great story . . . I can just see you skating across the ice counting down the minutes before going home to a beautiful lit up Christmas tree!

    Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!

    Merry Christmas!


  39. Coralie.....the WordSMITH.....great job telling your story......and what a sweet picture.

    Christmas hugs,

  40. A beautiful story, Coralie. And the photo is wonderful.

    Merry Christmas...Kathy

  41. Coralie,
    I love your tree trimming story. Is that you in the picture? Who ever it is , is beautiful, and what a dress! Blessings always!

  42. My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

    Love & Hugs

  43. Thanks so much everyone for your sweet comments! Yes, the picture is of me, taken by my mom when I was 15 years old. The dress I'm wearing is undoubtedly the prettiest I have ever owned for the satiny fabric was iridescent and changed from blue to lavender to pink under the lights. Lovely memories! Wishing you all a happy week filled with the spirit of Christmas love! Coralie