Don't tell anyone, but I had a tree cut down on our property. This is surely a crime against man and/or nature. The tree had outgrown its welcome, casting shadows on my solar panels, brushing against our house and the neighbor's in strong wind, and dropping tree things throughout the year.
_ Kids, here’s an easy way to make a woman happy. Buy, set up, and decorate a Christmas tree. These tasks are not particularly difficult, but do take patience...especially the last bit, which becomes more trying as it progresses. I recommend buying new strings of lights and spending time untwisting last year’s item. That’s something that takes something more than patience. It’s best if no weapons (handguns, knives, etc.) are not within easy reach.
As the photo below suggests, I managed to achieve my objective. The tree looks nice, the room smells of pine, and my wife is happy. If one is into notice details, the candles become obvious. This is a nice feature of German trees, because candle light is lovely. Of course, one must watch the candles like a hawk, because drying tree and open flame are not a good combination. We have been risking the house for years and have yet to call the fire department. Electric light chains handle the daily requirements, but real candles make Christmas Eve and Christmas day rather pleasant.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.