Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Snow on the Tree?

My husband grew up with a mom who goes all out for Christmas.  She has an incredible tree, an awesome snow village that extends throughout her home, and a ton of really pretty decorations around her house...and when he and his brother and sister were kids, she flocked their tree.

I grew up in a family that did not flock the tree.  My grandmother put up an artificial Christmas tree that we all decorated together, and she put up a few holiday items in the room the tree was in (and I loved that room!), and that was that.

He loved his childhood Christmas, and I loved mine.

And now that we're grown and have a family of our own, we've carried our childhood traditions into our own decorating.  We always get a real tree, though for the first time ever I was hoping possibly for an artificial tree (we had a mishap last year that left our tree standing against a wall for support instead of in front of the big picture window, and it left me wary).  I'm glad we have our real tree now though.  It's fun going to the tree lot, finding the perfect tree, and the tying it up on the car and coming home part is magical for the kids.  There's just something official about it all when that tree's coming home on the top of the car.


Hubby and I compromise (we do that pretty well most of the time ;) ) and every other year we flock it.  I've never cared much for it because it's messy, and well, it turns the tree white, lol.  And this year, I felt the same.  Hubby started spraying. No, he started dancing around the room and spraying, because he LOVES to do it (which makes me happy, I have to say).  While he was dancing though, I was internally groaning about the flock...the fumes (fleeting, but still there while spraying), the mess, the curtains!  lol  But once the flocking was done, and it dried, and we cleaned up the mess, I found myself really liking it.  And I think my days of not liking the flock are over.  

That doesn't mean we'll flock every year, we'll still do it bi-annually, but it does mean I've embraced it as something that is a part of my tradition too.  

How about you?  Does your family flock the tree?  Do you like it?


37 comments:

  1. I like that snowy look on the tree although I wouldn't like the fumes, either.

    My mother always went all out for Christmas, too and she also had a huge village that she set up every year. Now that we're all grown she doesn't do it anymore :(

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    1. The fumes, fortunately are very short lived. My mother-in-law hasn't gone all out for a couple of years either. :( I'm hoping she will this year. :)

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  2. Yes, both of our parents went all out for christmas and for all the years my children were growing up we did. But now in the empty nester stage....it is just not as fun as it used to be☺
    Laurie

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    1. Kids do make it very enjoyable! Oh, and the photo shoot you did of your family members for your post today was AWESOME!

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  3. We didn't really celebrate Christmas in my house growing up but I try to make it special for my kids. We get a real tree every year. I haven't gone as far as flocking though. It's pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Teresha. Your Chrismtas card pic. was awesome, and I laughed at the description. You can't even tell that any blood, sweat, and tears were involved, lolol!

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  4. Well I am just going to put it out there and say I don't know what it means to flock a tree? So does it mean to put white on it? I remember going to pick out a real tree once at The Farmers Market. At some point my parents discovered that my brother was allergic. We didn't get an artificial one either. We put lights and decorations on PLANTS, and one served as the Christmas tree. Now that you've taken me down memory lane, I'll probably write a post about it. I just need to find a photo of our decorated Christmas PLANT.

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    1. I had no idea what flocking was either until I married into hubby's family. :) You're right though, it's white stuff sprayed on the tree. :)

      Congrats on the awesome holiday project you're doing for the members of the service. I just read about the progress earlier today. Woot!

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  5. I can't remember ever seeing a flocked tree but it looks great! It is going to look wonderful with all the decorations. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

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    1. Thanks, Judy. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't know what flocking was. The first time hubby brought it up (years ago now), I was asking, "what??" :)

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  6. I like your snow tree! Growing up I always had a real Christmas tree. My father would go our for our tree when I was little. He would tell the man he wanted to spend two dollars and sometimes the trees he brought home where charlie brown trees. A little decorating the the trees didn't look to bad.

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    1. Charlie Brown was on to something, you know. :)

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  7. I think your tree is beautiful. I long for real trees again though. We get them when we spend Christmases either at home in the US or Lebanon but we are home in Doha and so it is our fake tree that spews white beads like snow. Pretty but gosh I miss the real deal.

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    1. But you're probably having a nice, warm Christmas and I'd take that over a real tree any day. :)

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  8. No, I don't think I've ever had a flocked tree but it's kinda neat! I'm too lazy to do it though so I'll admire yours!

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    1. I visit your blog all of the time...lazy isn't a word I'd use to describe you, lol. Incidentally, the pics you've been putting up w/the new camera are great! They broke me down into taking a look but the price is too rich for me. It does take splenderiffic pictures though (the sparkle filter is my fave!).

      December 5, 2012 10:56 AM

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  9. My husband and I both had real trees growing up. However... no flocking, even now. We have a fake tree and enjoy the real ones in the mountains.

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    1. I bet Christmas in the mountains is pretty!

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  10. I have never heard of flocking a tree. I am guessing it's like that spray stuff that you can spray on a window to make it look snowy? I need to go google this now. Your tree looks very pretty!

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    1. It is exactly that, and hubby really likes to do it, and see it. It's fine once it dries but until then it can be messy.

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  11. It's traditions which bind the family like no other. We pass them on to future generations... they become our legacy, I guess :). I like that snowy tree.

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    1. I agree Pepper, I really like seeing the traditions passing from generation to generation in the family.

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  12. I didn't know what flocking was either (until I read your reply). So, no...my family never did that. We always had an artificial tree growing up and that's what my hubby and I have because we live in a small apartment and also we travel during Christmas so can't be there to take care of it. The combining of 2 different families into one is always interesting.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. We went to Disney once right after Christmas and used an artificial tabletop...I totally forgot about that! Traveling in the winter is fun if you live someplace cold and go someplace warm! :)

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  13. That tree is gorgeous Rosey? I spray my tree with fake snow - what does hubby use to flock it with? Tell me Tell me Tell me please - I want my tree to look like that!
    XOX

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    1. He just uses spray stuff in a can, and I am guessing your tree is way more creative because you have a decorating gift that many (including us!) don't have!

      Comment to readers: Her blog in case anyone sees this and wants to take a peek (you'll be happy you did): http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.com

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  14. This is my first time learning about flocking. I had no idea. So I'm assuming this is tree paint? :)

    But it looks nice.

    I'm glad you both can compromise and enjoy this wonderful time.

    Can't wait to see it decorated!

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    1. Spray snow. :)

      As if we don't get enough snow living in Michigan. ;) :)

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  15. I rarely admit this, but since our girls are grown now, my husband and I can be the true scrooges that we are together, and we are so happy that way!;) I like Thanksgiving though!

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    1. lol!! If it makes you happy, that's all that matters. :)

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  16. I have no idea what flocking is? Is it that fake snow stuff in the can that people spray on windows? It would be messy but it would also be pretty with the lights and ornaments!

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    1. Yep, it's snow in a can. It does look pretty dry. I've seen some that bubbles up and looks even more authentic, but I don't know how they get it that way. It is pretty w/the lights and ornaments though, you're right. :)

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  17. We have an fake tree. I have too bad of allergies to have the real thing. They certainly are pretty!

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  18. I really like the tree! I love how you have carried that tradition through to your family. I've never flocked a tree but I do like how it turns out. Maybe next year I'll give it a go :)

    PS - Thanks so much for the sweet comment about Buttercup. I really appreciate it.

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    1. Your'e welcome, I was sorry to hear the news.
      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  19. I have never had a flocked tree.I am not saying that it looks ugly, but it is not for me. I like my tree original and green! I do now have an artificial tree, but I always had a real tree while I was growing up! When you get older it is too hard and expensive to get a real tree. I do love the smell of a real tree in the house!

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