Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

... Christmas!  I'm not usually one to spend a lot of time with outdoor Christmas decorations.  A wreath on the front door and some Santa hats on the greyhound statues, and I'm good. 

This year, I had an itch to do something a little different, and our flat-roofed porch seemed to be the perfect place.  We have this weird naked white Christmas tree that we bought 7 or 8 years ago.  It's only 7  feet tall, so it's too short and fat to look right inside (we have 9 1/2 foot ceilings).  There's 2502 lights on it (I just read the label on the box), which means that it's bright enough to be considered task lighting, IMO.  A quick check of its UL label confirmed that it's rated for outdoor use ... now, how do I get it to stay up there?

Cinderblocks and rubber tie-down straps, of course.  I put a cinderblock onto each leg of the tree stand to weight it down, and the rubber straps attach the tree to the gutters to keep it from tipping over in a stiff wind.  It's so far over your head that none of this is visible from the ground.  If it had been, I thought about wrapping the cinderblocks to look like presents.

Here's what it looks like at night:

See what I said about it being bright?  It's probably visible from space.

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog)


  1. Thats so cool! My family came over and decorated our tree with us while my dad put ornaments all over the dogwood up front...

    its been an interesting december so far for us, on our way back home from the christmas tree farm we hit ice and rolled down a hill landing on our side, but our tree (along with the two of us) still made it home safely in the same day! So i think we have a special christmas tree this year!

  2. Very Nice!! I wanted to also wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

    Merry Christmas!!

    Ron Scanlan from Geneva, IL


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