The days have been so full of Christ-mas Tree fun! I wish I could write all the happenings down to share. Alas....not enough hours in the day. The children are the most adorable and awed at cutting their own tree or even selecting a "pre-cut" tree. Then when DH puts the tree in the "Shakee"(see top photo) to rid it of the falling old growth that gathers on the limbs, then their eyes really "pop" as well as the grownups that have not had the pleasure of seeing the machine work! This is all winding down this week as December 25th draws near. I have been so lucky to hold cuddly infants of 3 and 4 weeks old and some 4 and 5 months old!!! Our GKids are teens now and live in Oregon so holding a little one again is so sweet! We have had several young "expecting" Mom's here also. One told me she was due in 10 days....eek, I immediately offered her to sit on the porch bench if need be. She laugh!!! I informed her our DIL lived just down the road and is a nighttime LABOR/DELIVERY nurse at the nearby hospital 4 miles away!!! We LOL together! One visitor was so special to us....our former Doctor of 40 years. He is 85 now and has dementia. His wife who is 81 (and looks 40 w/beautiful gray hair) generally comes without him; this year she brought him to get their fresh cut tree. When he asked who we were and we told him, he then remembered details about us!!! I wished I had taken their photo. We feel so honored that our current Doctor and Dentist come and bring their grown kids every year for their Christmas trees!!! They are in their late 50's. I wish I could say we will see them when they are 85......that would really be a miracle for us! We see hundreds of folk during this time and some have been coming w/their kids and now grandkids!! I have gotten the Christmas cards addressed and in the mail and the package for the Oregon family sent. That is a huge accomplishment!! As my energy level is not what is used to be. So everyday I try to do a little of the preparations to celebrate the birth of Christ. Here is our Christmas Tree (looks just like everyother year) and a view of the tree yard....... 3 1/2 weeks later!( It was too cold and rainy today to take a photo of the "Choose and Cut" 5 acres of trees.) You will notice that there is no packages on the floor at the front of the tree. That is because we have to have a open spot to reach the tree stand to give it fresh water every day. (That means getting down on the knees!!!)Trees need to be treated just like fresh flowers as they drink water everyday. Some days a quart some days 2 cups!!!!