Wine bottle Christmas tree

In Garretson, South Dakota, we went in search of the billboard advertised Christmas in the Attic store, only to discover that it had been out of business for several years. Driving through town, I spied this wine bottle Christmas tree in the window of Annie’s Coffeehouse and Wine Cafe. That required a stop for cappuccino and a quick chat with owner, Annie.

While many go for the traditional, I imagine the fun of collecting  the specific wine bottles with unique labels and colors for the tree. Indeed, what a unique theme for a Christmas party! BYOBottle with the most unusual packaging.

I had some difficulty, though, locating an affordable metal display rack. The only one that looked like it would fit the theme is made by Touch of Europe. It’s 4 feet high but a pricey $269.  Anyone else know where I can buy something like this for less?

Check out this HUGE wine bottle Christmas tree I found online…

 

Rites of Summer (and Christmas)

Each year, we keep our Christmas tree up long past most other families do.  When we take it down, close to Valentine’s Day,  admittedly, the needles are tinder dry.  In fact, when Roger and I met in March 2008, our first conversation involved me criticizing him for keeping his Christmas tree up until spring.

We burned his Christmas tree sometime close to the Summer Solstice. I thought it was a little odd at the time; now, five years later, it wouldn’t have it any other way.

What do you do to commemorate the season passing and the new one just months away?

When do you put away Christmas?

My first conversation with the man who would someday be my husband concerned the length of time it is appropriate to display the decorated Christmas tree.  I argued that the Feast of the Epiphany ends the traditional 12 days of Christmas, so that is the appropriate moment.  He firmly believes that out of respect for the life of the tree, we must display it as long as possible, preferably until the first day of spring or until it becomes a fire hazard.  What’s your opinion?