I took down the tree and then I made a video about it

On January 5, 2011 by Eden M. Kennedy

As a kid, it was my job every year to assemble the plastic Christmas tree. I was also in charge of decorating it, baking cookies, being excited about the yearly broadcast of Ruldoph on TV, and ignoring my father when he got inexplicably pouty and demanded that nobody buy him any presents.

Now, as an adult, our Christmases are extremely quiet affairs, and though I don’t actually take much delight in sacrificing a live tree once a year to appease whoever it is we’re appeasing (my husband’s ancestors?), I still enjoy the process of putting it up, plugging in the lights every morning, smelling it occasionally, taking it down, and then finding stray pine needles in my shoes for the next six months.


Music: “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi

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14 Responses to “I took down the tree and then I made a video about it”

  • I wish I could have a freelance career as someone who vacuums up pine needles. I think that would be fun.

  • Came over on Joan’s (It’s Always Something) advice. She was absolutely right, you are a great writer. I will be back.

  • That was awesome! Happy New Year to Peewee, too.

  • I thought *my* dad was the only one who got inexplicably grumpy about Christmas. Of course, he wasn’t exactly inexplicable, but he sure did suck the fun out of the room sometimes. Now they have meds for that kind of thing.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing. I don’t enjoy taking Christmas down, but I always feel so accomplished when it’s done. Happy New Year to you too.

  • I wish I had thought of this. I actually HATE taking down the tree but filming it would have made it more bearable.

  • Cute! Great song choice too ;-)

  • I love the smell, but hate the watering. I’ve had the same, old, Target tree for roughly a decade and it is my husband’s job to stuff it under the basement staircase. Which is much more preferable to stuffing it somewhere else.

  • Peewee really can carry off a tinsel tiara. Who knew?

  • I have the same Dyson! Love it. I used it to clear up all my pine needles, too. :)

  • Great idea, shooting video of the un-decorating of the tree. Happy New Year to you, your family, and of course, Peewee!

  • As always, you seem to have written (videoed?) exactly what I needed when I needed it. I love this place.

  • I know what you mean…they are pretty & great to look at, but they do get on my nerves after a while with the mess & re-arranging of furniture to get them up!…Jason

  • For some reason I immediately thought of Rosie O’Donnell upon seeing PeeWee topped in silver and gold. Although she’s much cuter than Rosie! Can she wear a tiara with authority or what?

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