Monday, January 2, 2012

Roosting under the tree

A couple of days ago, the kids were looking at our Christmas tree, spotting ornaments that have become familiar to them and ornaments that bear their own faces from years past.

That got Augie looking deep into the tree, admiring the way he could see lights far inside. And that led to the four of us plus Mali the cat lying under the tree for a view from underneath. Augie kept saying, "Color and light." It looked like this:


When their dad arrived to pick them up from our play date, we looked like this (and then he got under there, too):



We had talked about the fact that we usually stand the tree in a snowbank in the back yard and let birds roost in it while they wait to use the feeders. So Augie decided we were roosting under the tree.


Augie wondered why we had so many lights..."numberless," he called them. Yes, he knew that "numberless" means "too many to count." But then Pa said he knew exactly how many there were. Eight strings of 50 each makes 400. So they agreed that only the ornaments were numberless.


We'll have our tree for another week. Then, if we get more snow or figure out another way to stand the tree in the yard, it will serve as a roosting place for a few months. And then it will be spring!



25 comments:

DJan said...

When I was a kid, I would lie under the tree and look up like that. I loved the smell and the visuals. Glad to know it's still being done! :-)

Jeanie said...

Really good pictures of a memorable activity. I wish my tree was still up so I could give it a try.

Retired English Teacher said...

Beautul. Love it.

Rubye Jack said...

Numberless. That's right.
That's such a good idea to try and have the tree in the yard for awhile. I've done it before with success.

Rubye Jack said...

Numberless. That's right.
That's such a good idea to try and have the tree in the yard for awhile. I've done it before with success.

Terra said...

Your tree is stunningly gorgeous, especially with all the blue.

Southwest Arkie said...

The kids are just too sweet! I've never thought about perching the tree in the yard for the birds, but that is a good idea.
Happy New Year!

Allyson said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only with a tree still up.

Lying under the tree is truly a magical thing...especially if you have a live tree. The smell is second to none. I wondered for years why my cats gravitated to a spot under it, until I joined them one day. I guess we all need to roost from time to time. (although when I first read the title, I seriously thought it said "Roasting under the tree"...the mind sees what it wants).

Linda Myers said...

"Numberless". Lovely!

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

I had forgotten all about doing this as a child until reading this. Wish I had remembered while my grandsons were visiting...and my tree was still up. Great photos!

Happy New Year to you and your delightful family!

Wrinkling Daily said...

Hi I saw your blog's name on Joy and Wonder's comment wall, and of course being a blissed out grandma myself I had to stop by. I loved your tree story. It reminded me of a Christmas 50 years ago when I put on my pink plastic roller skates on Christmas morning. My older brother gave me a push on the black and white shag carpet and I didn't roll so much as crashed into the tree taking it down on top of me. The view was wonderful, now that I recollect it. Thanks for bringing back that memory for me. I will have to make sure next year my grandbaby and I admire our tree from the underside too.

barbfroman said...

I love this quiet hope...."Then it will be spring. Perfect.

Leah Rubin said...

Isn't it wonderful when you see these lovely things through the eyes of a child? Especially those two-- they are really special, aren't they? Glad you shared this!

troutbirder said...

Wonderful memories there. And a gorgeous tree....

f8hasit said...

I get a new ornament every year to add to the collection. And I can tell you about every ornament on the tree; the year, the origins, it's significance. I love that.

Amelia has started her own collection of ornaments as well. It was funnythis year to hear her pointing out them to her friends. "And this one I got when we went up to Canada..."
:-)

BEAUTIFUL tree!
Happy New Year!

Nancy

Green Monkey said...

you make spring sound so close!

love the blue lights...

love the idea of a child saying "numberless"

love that you see the wonder of simple moments

Nezzy said...

Why let the kiddos have all the fun, I still like to lay under the tree and gaze through. It's still magical to me!

Love the wonderful pictures girl, their great.

God bless and have yourself a fantastic weekend!!! :o)

lesinfin said...

Your tree looks beautiful from all angles. I love Augie's perceptions--insightful in that magical way kids can be. "Color and light." I think that sums up the universe :)
xoxo

WhisperingWriter said...

Beautiful tree. I miss ours :(

Nancy said...

Beautiful! I love how it used as a roosting spot while waiting to have a turn at the feeder. Your grands are adorable!

Jenny said...

I love to do that...especially when I take off my glasses!

What a lovely, heart-warming post.

Hope your 2012 is filled with many magical moments just like this.

grammy said...

Kids are the best!!!
I get to use my imagination and do things that I would never do with 'Grown Ups'.
I just looked at past posts and it is fun to see the kids and how they are growing (o:

WhisperingWriter said...

You won the Shabby Apple dress on my blog! Congrats. Please e-mail me your address at Princess543@yahoo.com and I will pass it on to Shabby Apple so they can get your dress out!

Linda Medrano said...

What a gorgeous tree! And I love the photos of the tree's upshot! Lovely!

Ellen said...

Such a beautiful day you had and memories made for the children forever. Love it.

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