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All 3 2018 Christmas Trees Are In Place — 2 Yet To Be Decorated.

by Anura Guruge


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Teischan (12), as I may have mentioned more than once, lives, unashamedly, for Christmas — and has for most of her life, once she worked out what it was all about.

She starts talking about Christmas in September and it was no different this year though she is a year older! She started nagging me about getting the Christmas trees at Thanksgiving. I kept on saying: “in December, in December“.

We bought our Christmas trees locally in Alton last year. They were not doing trees this year. Then earlier this week, driving through Rochester we saw a sign that said that the boy scout troop will be selling Christmas trees, for $35/each, on Saturday, December 8, 2018 (and for that matter the Sunday also). Seemed like a good cause and the price was not bad. So, I agreed that today would be the day for the trees. Looking back I realize that we are 3 days behind what we were last year. No wonder she has been complaining.

Got the trees from the Scouts. Good deal. Lots of adults to help and they insisted on doing everything. For the first time ever I didn’t have to do anything. They put it on the roof and even tied it down. I was impressed. Going back to them next year, though Teischan, a connoisseur of Christmas trees, is not too happy with the two we got today. She does have a point. They both have a bald spot close to the top. Not too serious. But she noticed.

Anywho, all three trees are now up. They will decorate and put up the lights tomorrow.


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How To See Christmas Comet, 46P/Wirtanen, In New Hampshire — Around December 16, 2018.

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It is expected to be just naked eye visible. Will definitely be able to see it with binoculars — and, of course, a telescope, even a small one. It will be a green fuzzy ball. There will be NO TAIL per se. So, don’t be looking for the tail. Just a fuzzy, glowing green ball. The green ball should be fairly big — bigger than a star.

For us in New England, the easiest bearing is going to be the easy to locate ‘winter cluster’ — Pleiades (the seven sisters). See the chart above.


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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Holiday Concert — December 5, 2018.

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I would be an untruth if I said she does this by choice or with grace. From these pictures and from what we could see she seems to enjoy it and was quite ebullient after it (though that could have been just a sense of relief and adrenaline). But, it was a struggle, quite a struggle, to get her to perform at this concert. I took grief from her nearly everyday. Claimed she hated it. Well, I got her to it and that was an achievement. Now, as she has already pointed out a number of times, we all get a break from band till next year. And trust me, I could do with that. Did I say it had been a struggle. This homeschooling lark is no easy — or at least not for I.

But, it was good. Always a joy to see the kids perform and all the relatives there to see them.

Happy Holidays. It is in full swing around here.


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2018 Christmas Lights Go Up 2-Days Earlier Than Last Year.

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Teischan (12), unashamedly, lives for Christmas — and she was hell bent on putting up the Christmas lights today, having put up her personal Christmas tree yesterday.

As it transpired I had to make a trip with her to Walmart in Rochester to replenish our stock of lights. While we were at it we got a second laser light and a lighted flying pig.

So, this year November 18 vs. last year’s November 20. But, what a difference. Last year it was balmy and she was in shorts. This year we had 6″ snow on the ground and it was FREEZING. Given the temperature and the unscheduled trip to Walmart we didn’t get all the lights up today. I am sure they will all be done by tomorrow.


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First Of The 3 Christmas Trees For 2018 In Place — 10 Days Earlier Than Last Year.

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The “American Girl Dolls” are also getting ready for Christmas.


Advent Calendars have been located THOUGH we have 2 weeks (14-days) to go.


Teischan (12), unashamedly, lives for Christmas — and has for most of her life, once she worked out what it was all about.

She starts talking about Christmas in September!

When she was younger we could dictate as to when preparations for Christmas would come. But, starting last year she has taken matters into her own hands. When she was little we waited until at least the first week of December before we started.

Not anymore. I see that last year HER tree went up on November 27.

Well, this year it was November 17 — 10 full days earlier. She also, with my help, brought down (from the space above our double garage) some of the outdoor christmas lights — which she intends to put up tomorrow. That is one neat thing. She insists on doing this herself. I (at 65) am off the hook.

We started listening to Christmas music, on the radio, on FM 94.9, earlier this week. They too keep on bringing forward Christmas.

Stay tuned. Christmas is still 38 days away and we have many rituals to perform and observe.

Merry Christmas.


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First Bob House On Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire — 2017 – 2018 Winter.

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Alton BayLake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.

None of the lake at noon yesterday, December 30, 2017.

Then New Year’s Eve 2018, December 31, 2017, there is ONE. Ice must have just got thick enough. Impressive. As you can see JUST the Bob House. No people! Kind of cold. It was, at best, 3°F when I took these pictures.

In a couple of weeks we should have 30 or more. I will post as we go along.

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All 3 Of The Christmas Trees For 2017 Are In Place — Only One Lit So Far.

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December 5th — 20-days to go. I think this is par for the course for the last FEW years. It used to be 10 days before Christmas, but as Teischan got older she was more and more insistent that we get the trees early. She put up her tree in her room, a 2016 innovation, on November 27 — 8-days ago.

Way back we used to go and cut the two trees. But, the tree farm we used to visit ran out of trees!

For the last few years we have been going to Walmart in Rochester. It was just convenient, and at $25/tree, economical.

This year, we shopped local, and paid $35/tree — at “Lisa’s Dragonfly Gardens” in Alton. But, I didn’t have to drive for 40 minutes, up steep hills, with two trees roped to the top of the van. We were home within 10-minutes and 99% of the route was FLAT. That alone was worth $10. Yes, one of these days one or both of the trees are going to fall off the roof.

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