Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Decking the halls...


Mom, Dad and Holden have been busy lugging boxes, totes and putting up these big honkin' TREES all over the house and using all kinds of bad words when discussing outdoor lighting! I seem to remember this same type of thing happening the last TWO years right around this time too! Hmmmm.

Holden took me around to explain what each tree was for...

1. This is the big main family tree...


It's NINE feet tall and FULL of ornaments that mom, dad, Holden, Will and Lizz have both had since they were tiny kids. It's quite a collection!

2. Holden and I are in front of Dad's CITADEL TREE in the study!

Dad went to college at The Citadel in South Carolina and has collected a lot of Citadel ornaments over the years. We think it's cool that his old shako is the topper!

3. Now I'm upstairs showing you Mom's LYRE TREE

When mom was in college, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and their symbol is a lyre. She has collected lyre ornaments ever since then and is now up to SIXTY ONE different lyres! WOW!

4. Next, Holden took me into the kitchen to explain the newest addition to our tree collection....the RED tree!

It's only 4 feet tall, so we decided to put it in the kitchen and hang all of our FOOD related ornaments on it! YUM!
(Mom says THANK YOU to dad for getting his butt out of bed the day after Christmas last year and schlepping to WalMart to pick this tree up for her for $5 because she was yammering about it ALLLL last year!)

5. This tree is kind of cool....it's ONLY used to display our CURRENT ornaments that are new this year!

You remember our Thanksgiving post about our family tradition after dinner...right? Everyone gets a new ornament that somehow is special for THEM only. Next year, they'll go on the big family tree and the NEW ornaments will go on this little tree.

SO...you can see that we've REAAALLY decked the halls this year! Mom says it's to make up for the lameness of last year when the house was done up as "Christmas Lite" because she was recovering from a little nip/tuck! (click here for a gross pic)

Ok, so OUR halls are decked....we hope you'll share YOURS with us too!!!!


Anonymous said...

I have a comment on #26 from last year. "Favourite Christmas Pud" Being married to a Brit, I can tell you that Pud or Pudding refers to any dessert...

Laura Z-W

Two French Bulldogs said...

Now thats a cool house filled with cool trees. What a pee pee extravaganza!
Benny & Lily

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

Love all the trees, so neat you have different ones...so where;s the pug christmas tree at?

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Look at all the festivities going on! That huge tree looks like a giant tree! Have you tried to pull it down yet?

Stubby said...

Dude! That's a lot of trees! No wonder you were so tired. I'm tired just looking at them.

Our tree is still in the box. Mom needs to get her butt in gear or Christmas will be over. Maybe you can come here and help us out.

Stubby xoxo

Arlo The Pug said...

Omg! you must be a saint! How can you stand sooo much temptation? All those trees to eat...whoa. Bol!

houndstooth said...

Your house looks completely Christmastized! Ours was, too, only we got a pink sparkly tree instead of a red one! I really enjoyed the tour.


Archie and Melissa said...

hi salinger!
wow! you have the coolest family ~ ever!
i love all of your trees and reaction to the 9ft one. :)
i just LOVE this post!
Emmitt & m

Hank said...

Sal, this is your Aunt Sarah. You are adorable and all your trees are AWESOME!

And tell Holden he is rockin' that hat! :D

PS Does it take your mom eighty years to finish decorating the trees because she - like I - waxes nostalgic over every single ornament?

PSS word verification: queeth

Martha said...

Great pics - you have started our mum singing now too.......groan!
We agree with you - it is all a big human commotion!!!!
Martha & bailey xxxx

dw said...

Whoa, Salinger, dude! 5 trees???? Yours is one festive household!!!!

Harry Pugalicious said...

Wow! That's a lot of trees! Do you thinks you might get a puggie tree one year? I thinks you should put that little flea, uh, bug, in your Mom's ear.

Mom says Holden should have a Santa hat just like the one he has only black & gold with Saints on it ;-)

Too Cute Pugs said...

We love all your trees!! Mommy has been thinking of adding an extra tree to our house- one with just puggie ornaments! But since we have no puggie ornaments, we've got to start from scratch. It might take us awhile before it looks very festive

Pug love from,
Pearl & Daisy

Anonymous said...

Geez has it been a year already???

That is a lot of trees.. I don't trust the cats with that many potential cat toys in our house lol.
We buy a 'family' ornament to reflect the last year as well. I don't think they have a 'broke ass' ornament made though. :p

Sonic said...

We still haven't put our tree up yet. This is my first year with my humans, and they're worried that I'll leave a whole lotta Golden Offerings on their tree.

I'm sure their festive spirit will kick in soon, though. I want a tree like yours!


Kelly said...

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas this
year is Holden. So he can hold me and snuggle me. And so momma can pinch on him and blab about how cute he is.

Thanks! I've been a good girl this year!