Our One and Only “Unofficial” Christmas

Our One and Only “Unofficial” Christmas

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are your branches.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, that’s all I know of this song…dadada, dadadada….and so I sang as we headed out to Daren’s truck in search of our first Christmas tree.

I have a tendency to be a touch Hyper-Festive around the Holidays. I know this about myself and rather enjoy it, but for someone who hasn’t been through the holiday season with me this comes as a bit of a surprise. I tried to warn him ahead of time. He did his best to heed the warning and showed up in a red shirt and green hat for Christmas Tree Day. ( God bless him). We searched high and low, in NE and NW and nothing…no perfect tree to be found. Finally, Daren rolled down his window and asked two very nice people out walking where in the world are there good trees around here!? The nice walker pointed us up Burnside even further.

Twenty more minutes of Christmas Carols later we arrived. The trees were beautiful! Healthy, green and tall. And this is where we found her! Dolly the delightful Christmas tree and here she is!Yes I name my Christmas trees. This year it was between Henry and Dolly and Daren decided that the tree was a she, so Dolly it is! ( Again, God Bless Him)

Now I don’t just make him listen to Christmas Carols for 6 solid hours and say “Hi” to the ornaments with no rewards. No, I love this man….so I spiked his Eggnog.

Cheers! To our one and only “unofficial” Christmas. For all of our Christmas’ to come we will officially be, The Bensons.
And here she is all dressed up! Hey Doll!


  1. Julie on December 14, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    yay for your first tree! i thought we were the only crazy ones that went to SEVERAL Christmas tree lots to find the ‘perfect’ tree! He is a trooper, isn’t he?
    Ryan, well, its in his blood so I really didn’t surprise him with any of my ‘holiday cheer’! 😉

  2. Peplynpak on December 19, 2007 at 1:48 am

    you guys look so happy together…i’m so looking forward to meeting Daren and love the pics of Boomer and Burl…:)

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