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December 9, 2012

HOPKINS:

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s that time of year again. Time to pick out a Christmas tree that will be prominently displayed in our living room until the Jan. 6 Feast of the Epiphany.

In previous years when I was at the Tonawanda News I’ve used this space at this time of year to detail the misadventure my wife Colleen and I had the year before with our tree. But this year there’s nothing to write about. That’s because we didn’t have a misadventure with our tree in 2010 or in 2011.

The tree didn’t fall over. There were no electrical issues. The tree fit perfectly in its stand. Nor did the tree inexplicably dry out. Yes, we lost an ornament or two, but who doesn’t when they’re dealing exclusively with all-glass ornaments?

By the end of this week our tree will be standing in our living room, after we’ve rearranged all the furniture, of course. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue the streak: three straight years without issues.

Usually we buy a tree that takes up about a third of the living room because Colleen adores oversized Christmas trees. This year, however, we’re looking to scale back a little. That’s because with some family issues going on,we’re going to be in and out of our place so much that we’re not going to have as much time to truly enjoy the tree.

But, back to the task at hand. Although there is no tree mishap to report from last year, I’ve experienced other tree misadventures over the years.

Such as the year I was in kindergarten and our new cat Alex — a kitten, actually — decided to do what cats do when they see a tree. He climbed it, reaching dizzying heights and causing ornaments to fall to the floor. Some ornaments fell straight down, others toppled from limb to limb on their gravity-induced journey, like something you’d see in an old Tom & Jerry cartoon when Tom would build one of his mousetraps.

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