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[personal profile] deird1
Today is the first of December, the first day of summer, and, for the majority of Australians, Christmas Tree Day.

Today is the day we put up the Christmas trees.

For those northernly folk who may be thinking this is horribly early, you should be aware that our trees are not generally alive, and therefore will not be brown and dead by Christmas Day. As the proud owner of a fake tree, I put it up, in good Aussie form, on the first - and my house remains Christmassy for a full month.

We are now watching A Muppet Christmas Carol, and feeling very seasonal. Although I admit, I won't feel truly Christmassed until I've also watched Die Hard, While You Were Sleeping, and Gremlins.

Date: 2012-12-01 09:38 am (UTC)
kerkevik: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kerkevik
It's A Wonderful Life
Scrooge (with Alistair Sim)
Miracle on 34th Street
White Christmas

Xmas Eps from X-Files; Third Watch; BtVS; Bones; one of two ER eps (sometimes both); Northern Exposure.

There are others, but these are the essentials.



Oh and the first two Die Hard movies, natch.

Date: 2012-12-01 10:17 am (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Cow Rainbow)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
I'm a Miracle on 34th Street junkie, for sure.


Date: 2012-12-01 10:48 am (UTC)
curiouswombat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] curiouswombat
Ours will stay up for about a month too - but, of course, we don't traditionally take anything down until Twelfth night. So I usually aim for the second weekend of Advent - which is next week.

Date: 2012-12-01 10:57 am (UTC)
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Die Hard, of course, is THE christmas movie. Accept no substitutes.

ALAN RICKMAN (between clenched teeth): "Now I have a machine gun ... Ho, ho, ho."

Date: 2012-12-01 11:01 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen
Ah, but you just can't beat the Christmassy smell of a real pine tree. :-)

We'll do our usual cut-a-branch from one of my parents' pine trees, and bring it inside and decorate it. Costs nothing, but adds a nice scent and festive look.
...Just have to keep it out of bunny-reach... :-/

Date: 2012-12-01 02:34 pm (UTC)
vass: cover of album "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" (Yuletide Hippopotamus)
From: [personal profile] vass
My parents bought live potted ones when I was a kid. Except that this meant keeping them all year (put outside in January) and then they'd just keep growing, and there's a limit to how many times you can keep repotting a pine tree when there's not a good place for you to just plant it.

Date: 2012-12-01 03:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hickumu
Nah, we have fake Christmas trees, too. So, it just seems practical to me ^-^. Back at Mom's house, we tend to go a bit Christmas tree happy - the big one tends to be one of the last that goes up.

Date: 2012-12-02 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] a2zmom
My Christams movies are "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (I love that movie so, so much) and "A Christmas Story" (you'll shoot your eye out!)

On a related note, pretty much the only Christmas cd I'll listen to is Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You". You really can't go wrong with The Ronettes.

Date: 2012-12-02 04:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laazikaat
Hubby put the tree up yesterday too. As I was raised by English parents the tree-for-a-month thing was strange to me at first. But after 20 years together I'm quite used to it and like the idea. It makes Christmas less likely to sneak up and gives me a chance to get in the chrismassy mood. We have a flashy fibre-optic 4ft creation that is sitting beside our TV.

Date: 2012-12-02 07:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
In South Australia, we always used to put the Christmas tree up in mid-November, after the Christmas Pageant. We base everything Christmas around the pageant though. The pageant is also when stores put up their Christmas decorations, and the only "real" Father Christmas is the one who goes to the Magic Cave after the pageant. It's pretty huge.


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