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|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 08:57:12 -0800 (PST)|
This is the thank you message I sent today following our Christmas tree trimming party yesterday. I was on my feet from 2-7 and exhausted but this is the kind of event that my extended family used to have, though larger. We had about 30 people which is about as many as I think can be coordinated and still feel intimate. We have a 7 foot tall tree with pictures of members from pre-move-in to the present and ornaments that have been contributed or purchased at a thrift shop. I edited this a bit for clarification. SHORT STORY Thanks to many, many people we have another elegant tree. If you have ornaments to contribute, please hang them on the tree. If you have pictures, you can hang them or put them in my cubby — I'll put a heavy paper backing on them and a string so they are sturdy. I trim around the edges to make an interesting shape and focus on the faces. We need updates plus pictures of anyone who hasn't hung a picture before. The pictures are best if they are in the 2-3" range. Larger pictures obscure others. The tree is on a timer -- turn on at 5 and off at 11. The lights are energy efficient and safety tested. If you unplug the timer please let me know because it needs to be reset to the correct time again. LONG STORY Bruce, Robbin, and Matthew mastered the fabulous tree selection and erection after a treasure hunt for the base. Abe and Bruce did the first mounting of the lights, along with another emergency correction of tree orientation to vertical rather than leaning, and Carol M applied her height and family tradition to the second wave of arranging the lights. Carrie showed up with kitchen supplies. Betsy made hot chocolate. Janet held fast at the popcorn and cranberry stringing table. It's not an easy task to achieve those strings as both popcorn and cranberries are delicate so the children need help. Needle waving protection is an added responsibility. The children all took a turn. I saw Carolyn, Shira, Franklin, Gretchen, Louie working away. Asif and his friend worked long and hard. Betsy strung them all on the tree. Joan showed up with all the supplies for paper chains and set up shop. Carolyn, Shira, and Natalie worked avidly and hung the chains on the balcony with red bows. (Matt, Asif, Roger, and Dzhoy have outgrown the great chain competition, one year completing two grocery bags more than we were able to find a place to hang.) All the children put on the ornaments, including the pictures, very independently this year. The impulse was to identify each person in a picture before it could go on the tree so the pictures were pretty plowed through before they were hung, but they all made it. An idea that went over like a lead balloon two years ago was for each child identifying a favorite ornament. That ornament is then tagged with their name so only they can put it on the tree. This year it was all the rage — the 6-9 year-olds had grown into it and the preteens weren't there to disparage it. So the white tags you see with names are the chosen ornaments. The 1500 piece Coke Santa puzzle made headway with Jean, Jennifer, and Cait working steadily. The Dominoes Pizza Caper worked very well. Delicious pizza delivered on time, hot, and correct. One vegan slice was fortunately left waiting for Mark who arrived late to do his laundry. Kathy started the garland placing on the mantle — Joan procured 25 feet of greens. MJ, Kathy, and Eleanor will do more decorating of the room. When all was done, Anna led singing around the tree. It was nice to see the age 6-9 cluster coming into their own requesting songs and holding songbooks. The tree was very happy. Everyone was very happy. The cleaners were much appreciated — Kathy and Betsy working tirelessly. Jean, Jennifer, others I'm sure. (I was pretty tired by then.) Bob and Ali showed wonderful Pixar animations to end the day. It was lovely. Many thanks to all. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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