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O, Christmas Tree

O, Christmas Tree

Date: Dec 20 2005


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When I was a child, one of the most exciting things about Christmas – apart from getting heaps of gifts – was decorating the Christmas tree. My parents would set out boxes of ornaments and my brother, sister and I would go to town hanging bulbs and tinsel from the tree.

Real trees are great because they make your whole house smell like a forest of pine trees. The downside is that they shed needles all over the carpet. Many people get artificial trees because they don’t create such a mess.

Listen to Steph and Derek talk about their Christmas trees.


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Steph:  Hey, Derek, does your family have a Christmas tree?

Derek:  Um, yeah, we just set one up last night actually.

Steph:  Cool. Is it real or is it fake?

Derek:  It’s a fake one.

Steph:  Mm hm.

Derek:  We used to, when I was growing up, we used to have a really large natural Christmas tree that we would cut down from our field. And it was like, ya know, almost two stories high.

Steph:  Oh, my gosh. That’s really tall!

Derek:  Yeah. We had an open living room, so.

Steph:  Oh yeah. We don’t, we don’t have one that’s that big. We’ve got one that’s, like, eight feet tall, but.

Derek:  Eight feet?

Steph:  Yeah.

Derek:  Do you like the real or the fake?

Steph:  I like the real ones ‘cause, you know, they smell good and you can, you know, it smells like pine forest right in your house. It’s wonderful.

Derek:  Yeah. That’s a nice smell to have around Christmas time.

Steph:  Yeah. It’s totally fun. I love it. Fresh trees are the way to go for me.

Derek:  I think so.

Steph:  Yeah.



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The Christmas tree tradition began in Germany over 400 years ago, but it took a long time to catch on in America. In early American history, people were fined and even imprisoned for decorating Christmas trees and singing Christmas carols. O, how far we have come!



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03:32 PM May 01 2008 |



is there anybody who know about the Christmas celebration catch on in America since? please let me know the Christmas and its history. thanks

08:25 AM Nov 12 2007 |



gd stuff-

11:30 AM Dec 22 2005 |

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