_ We bought a Christmas tree today.
Actually, we bought two. One had been chopped (okay, with a saw) down in the forest (okay, at a tree farm)...I’m trying to evoke visions of romantic Christmas chores. The second tree is in a pot and has roots. It will be placed on the terrace, outside the dining room doors, and be lit for evening enjoyment. This saves me stringing lights on trees in the garden. It replaces its predecessor, which died during the dry summer and can, hopefully, be used for several years.
Wonder of wonder: buying the tree was easy. My wife wanted a large tree, and I found no reason to argue (I have learned to pick my battles.) We spotted one the moment we drove onto the nursery lot and, although considering two others for from sake, we decided to take it. Never has a Christmas tree been chosen so quickly and without discussion. Despite ease in finding a tree, I must still wrestle with lights and decorations...
* NB. Your German Word of the Day is der Tannenbaum (trees are masculine, as one might expect). The translation is fir tree (Tannen =fir; Baum=tree, simple for a change). Ein Tannenbaum...becomes ein Weihnactsbaum (Christmas tree)...when it is decorated.
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.