Every year at my house we put up three Christmas trees. Two of them are artificial and we always get a real tree for the living room.

The one artificial tree was my wife's father's Christmas tree from the mid-1960s. We put that up in the bar downstairs with ornaments from every NFL and NHL team. The other artificial tree is a 3 foot tree that we have placed in front of a window in our den.

We had them both set up for a couple of weeks now and this past Sunday we went to get a real tree. We went to Codey's Tree Farm in Endwell and opted to get a pre-cut tree instead of cutting down our own. The tree that we decided on was pretty big but we didn't realize how big until we had it placed on top of the car.

We asked them to bale it and tie it to the top of my SUV, but they said the tree was too big to go through the baler. That should have been our first clue. They tied the monstrous tree to the top of my SUV and we headed to our house in Endicott. Chris was paranoid all the way home thinking the tree was going to blow off the top of the car, being that I've had that happen once before many years ago.

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When we got the tree home we stood it up on the back patio for a day. When we went to bring it in the house, we realized it was way too tall and had to cut about a foot off the bottom of the tree including the branches. The tree was so wide we had a hard time getting it through the back door.

When we finally got it in the living room and we stood it up that's when we realized this was one of the biggest trees we ever had for Christmas. We ended up finding a nest in the tree but there was nothing inside it except for half of an acorn shell.

After removing the nest we started putting lights on the tree. We put two strands of 300 lights on the tree and it still wasn't enough. We added another hundred and fifty lights to it.  We finally got around to putting the ornaments on the tree earlier this week. My wife likes to put tinsel, or as some people call it icicle, but we couldn't find it. I think we must have left one of the 15 totes full of Christmas stuff that we store up in the attic. that contains more ornaments in the tensile.

As big as the tree is, it's perfectly shaped and smells awesome when we walk in the house.

Here's a few pictures of what the tree look like on my car, as well as in the living room, and then finally almost completely decorated.

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Chris Free Photo
Chris Free Photo
Chris Free Photo
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Jim Free Photo

Anyone have any idea where we can buy tinsel in the Binghamton area? If not, it looks like I will be going back up in the attic looking for that extra tote.