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debi_k
S of Lake Ontario, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2008
11:30 AM

Post #5896979

Sharon, I always enjoy your articles, and this is another great one. The baby socks for the star on top of the tree was so sweet - you made me cry! I bet your little brother still looks up to you. Thanks for starting my day with your Christmas story.

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

December 16, 2008
12:10 PM

Post #5897027

HI Sharon, can't write..something in my eye. One word, BEAUTIFUL
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

December 16, 2008
12:44 PM

Post #5897090

Sharon, add my name to the list of those who cried reading your charming story of the cedar tree. Cedar trees from the wild were always our family's tree, but one of my aunts was more affluent than the rest of the family. She always had a balsam and how I yearned for one of those instead of that plain old cedar tree. Now, of course, I realize that many families had cedars and my aunt was one of the few lucky enough to afford a balsam. After many years of fighting the artificial trees DH kept suggesting, I have finally yielded out of ecological and environmental concerns.

I'm so happy for you that you have a seedling of that tree from long ago and that your brother is alive to share this Christmas memory. God bless.

Angie
dryad57
Scottsburg, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2008
2:41 PM

Post #5897337

aahhhhh...I can always depend on your stories...like a warm hug. Merry Christmas!
redflowerpot
Winston Salem, NC

December 16, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #5897664

I too remember our red cedar tree at grand ma's , seemed we always used the top of a larger treee because the young ones would not be formed well.
When finished we would drizzle the tree with plenty of wonderful soft strands of shiny metal tensile.
This tensile was the favorite play toy of us kids.

( now we know the tensile was lead ... but we were a bit tougher then than now)
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 16, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #5897702

The lump in my throat is making it hard to swallow, what a sweet memory and with a happy ending. Thank you for sharing another wonderful story.
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 16, 2008
5:32 PM

Post #5897979

OH, I am sorry, I didn't mean to make you cry, but then I cry too when I remember that year. I promised my brother I would send the article to him, maybe I shouldn't do that.

Actually, Debilu, he looks down at me, he is so much taller than I, but yes, I do love my brother.

Pixie, thank you, memories do that to me, too, sometimes.

Hemophobic, I couldn't chop down a tree now if my life depended on it, I think, but at the time the cedars were in such abundance I didn't know there were others. I don't remember that anyone else ever had any other kind. And I know there are lots of them still growing in my mountains. I think next year mine might be big enough for lights outside. I have one in front and one in back, both really growing quickly.

Cathy, thank you, I am sure you have those lumpy throat memories, too.

Thanks Dryad, Merry Christmas to you, too, good to hear from you.

Redflowerpot, I forgot about the tensile, yes, we did use that too, and it clung to whatever it touched. Also stayed on the tree even after it was discarded. My favorite was the bubble lights.

Thank you all for writing. We have about an inch of snow today and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I wish for all of you the very best holiday season.

Sharon


mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 17, 2008
12:43 AM

Post #5899465

Your stories always remind me of visiting my grandparents in West Virginia. The last time I ever visited my grandpa (before he died) I was on a genealogy hunt. We were hiking up this hill (a mountain to this native Floridian) looking for a cemetery. Apparently, there was one big one and two smaller ones. So after my dad explained to me that I needed to go up the point instead of around the holler (huh?) we found the big cemetery on top. On the way down, Dad had to answer the call of nature and stumbled upon one of the smaller cemeteries. I remember he yelled, "It's over by the cedar trees." I yelled back, "Which ones are the cedar trees?" Meanwhile, Grandpa had already started walking away from me as Dad responded, "The ones that look like Christmas trees!"

Now that I'm into butterfly gardening I have an Eastern Red Cedar in the hopes I can attract the uncommon Sweadner's Hairstreak. It uses the cedar as its host plant and is endemic to my area of Florida. But since most of Florida is being paved over it keeps losing habitat. I've already joked that when my cedar gets a little bigger I'm going to decorate it at Christmas-time. I don't think the butterflies would mind. Maybe the flashing lights will help guide them, LOL!

Melanie
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 17, 2008
12:57 AM

Post #5899522

Hi Melanie, yep...you got it! Also yes, it does host some butterflies, but only a couple here, and only if my fennel is not growing at the time (they dearly love my fennel.)

I am glad you have some fun memories of wandering up and down the mountains, and round the hollers! You'll usually find stands of cedars around those old cemeteries, too.

Thanks for writing, it is always great to hear from you.
I don't guess you have snow today, either, do you, so there is no point in my telling you to stay warm!

Happy Holidays,
Sharon

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 17, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #5899528

Hee hee, it was actually 80 and rather humid today. I had three butterflies emerge today! Not that I want snow, but it could at least get back down into the 70s. : )
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 17, 2008
12:59 AM

Post #5899533

Not what I wanted to hear, actually...;^)
rickadee
st charles, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 23, 2008
4:54 AM

Post #5920806

I remember going into the woods across the road from my house to get our Christmas tree. That was a family day in the woods. We'd get cedar mostly, but when they became scarce we went to pine. If I tried to do that today, I'd sure have to walk a lot further to get one. But then I got married and I live on a hill that's full of cedar trees. Our street is lined with them and the cemetery next door has the biggest cedars I've ever seen. Every year I find seedlings in my garden. There's also a community down the road a piece that's called Cedar Hill.
I pray your seedlings make it so you can have a piece of Home.

Thanks for the great article and Merry Christmas.
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 23, 2008
5:00 AM

Post #5920819

Hi Rickadee,
Thank you.
I think surrounded by cedars as you are, this would be a beautiful time of year for you, especially if you get a little bit of a snowfall.

Thanks for writing, I hope you have a great Christmas, too. And by the way, my seedlings are wayyyyy bigger than I am now, so I think they have a great chance of making it.
Sharon
rickadee
st charles, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 24, 2008
3:19 AM

Post #5923722

The trees are really beautiful in the snow, but if we get ice the poor things just droop. Sad to see them that way.

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