Have You Taken Down Your Christmas Tree?

IMG_0209.jpgI’m not a loser because I haven’t yet taken down my Christmas Tree. I’m a loser for many other reasons.

The town of Montclair made me feel better about myself last Friday and this Monday when they finished taking down our town tree. The Department of Shade Trees–yes, we have a Department of Shade Trees–was hard at work. I watched them last year when they were hard at work putting it up.

And I was there when Mayor Jerry Fried officiated the tree lighting. Later that night, I actually drank a few glasses of wine with the mayor and bum-rushed his neighbor’s chicken coup. But that’s another story.

It looked complicated to take down the town tree (see photo). Much
more complicated than it would be to take down my own. Mine is not
real, BTW. So it’s not exactly a fire hazard. In fact, it’s bare
because I have a 1-year-old, two 3-year-olds and a puppy. It’s a minimalist tree, and I kind of enjoy looking at it. Especially in

Tell the truth, did you take down your tree?

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  1. Im so excited to dress up my Christmas tree at home. It’s close to fall, and if recent history teaches anything, we’ll be hearing Christmas music early this year. (I could vomit.) If you don’t want to hear it – check out Trans Siberia Orchestra. Trans Siberian Orchestra, or TSO, is a full rock band, with full choir and 60 piece orchestra that performs mostly Christmas and classical music, with a hard rock edge. The band packs serious firepower – the two lead guitarists are Alex Skolnick and Al Pitrelli. What these guys have in common is a background in metal – and we mean METAL. Pitrelli replaced Marty Friedman in Megadeth, and Alex Skolnick scorched as the fret burning lead guitarist in the legendary Bay Area thrash metal band, Testament. (He practices what he preaches.) It might be worth payday loans to catch Trans Siberian Orchestra on tour.

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