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    Wednesday, December 21, 2005

    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

    For those of you who don't already know, I live in the capital city of Michigan. Who knows their capitals? Come on, I know at least one of you does. Anyway, I have lived here for 15 years and for the most part it is wonderful.

    Including the outlying areas, there are over 200,000 people here. The
    great part is that we are not that far from the rural areas I love so much. My family lives south of me and my grandfather farms almost 1000 acres. I have a lot of room to roam when I need it. There are times when I miss the country but it's just a short car ride away and it's not uncommon for me to spend the day walking in the fields or woods.

    The best part about living in the capital city is that I can visit the state capital anytime I like. The best time in my opinion is at Christmas time. I'm not going to be politically correct and call it the holiday season. Those trees that we decorate with lights, bows and balls are called Christmas trees. Not holiday trees. I don't think Jewish people want to call the Menora anything other than that so I don't expect Christians to call a Christmas tree a holiday tree. I'm off the subject that I was planning on discussing here so I'll stop ranting now. My new blogger friend Bryan was kind enough to email these pictures to me. We were downtown at Silver Bells and because my daughter was playing at a concert, we didn't get to see the lighting of the tree. Thanks, Bryan!

    I love the perspective of this one. The capital building seems to be looming in the background with the emphasis on the dome.

    The tree this year is huge! The lights seem to be a little wacky
    looking and I'm not sure why they are out of place.

    I feel like a kid peeking around the tree trying to glimpse someone. The cable suppplying electricity is over 8 inches around. That's a lot of voltage! Your tax dollars at work, baby.

    This is my second favorite. It looks so peaceful. I feel like I'm walking up Michigan Ave.

    This is my favorite. I like the glow around the street light. It looks surreal. You will notice that the banner on the fence says Holiday Tree. Arrrgh..............

    Merry Christmas!!!!


    Big Pissy said...

    I think your second favorite is my most favorite. Did that make sense?!?!? :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    SignGurl said...

    Ok, I went back and have to agree with Big Pissy.

    I like 'em all!

    Oswald Croll said...

    Lansing baby!!!!!!

    I love the tree...... I LOVE XMAS.

    Come do my tree.

    Suze said...

    Jenn, there are far too many lights on there. It's a little over the top.

    I agree it's a fecking Christmas tree!

    SignGurl said...

    Os~I'll come do your tree any day!

    Suze~That tree is known for being over the top. It really is breathtaking when you see it in real life.

    Anonymous said...

    WOW, the trees are beautiful, you did a great job getting these uploaded.
    Jenn, right outside of Lansing, west I believe is where we got Frodo.
    Great job!

    MamaKBear said...

    I know my capitals!! Had to learn 'em in school...I'm in a capital city too, but ours doesn't get a cool tree like that every year I don't think....I never hear about it anyway.

    Holiday tree....pfffft!! Get over it people, it's a gosh darned CHRISTMAS TREE!!

    DZER said...

    we got nothing like that tree here ... NICE!

    and isn't Michigan city the capital of Michigan? LOL

    barman said...

    What another great blog entry Jenn. I fell in love with your blog when I saw your Silver Bells entry. I still love everything you share and in the mean time I have gotten to know you. What a nice bonus.

    I think we should recognize Christmas, and Hanukkah (starts the 26th this year), and Kwanzaa (also starts the 26th) but please, please, please let us keep Christmas intact. It is a Christmas tree.

    gigi said...

    Looks cold!

    Lara said...

    I love your comment about the menorah... people who think they have to be politically correct annoy the hell out of me. Holiday tree bah humbug! If you don't like what someone says, you just don't listen... why should they have to change what they say???

    Ok, enough ranting!

    Merry CHRISTMAS!!! :)

    Quazirob said...

    Cool pics. Where is all the snow?

    Queen of Ass said...

    Looks beautiful!

    Have a happy holiday, Sugar!

    Everything Nice said...

    Jenn- What a beautiful and inspirational way to gear us up for Christmas!

    thank you so much! and you bet I'll be there Christmas Eve to make it an even 14!

    smooches honey!

    ~Deb said...

    I think you and I have a major thing in common! We have the best of both worlds. I live a little outside the city up in the country in New York----and it's so nice out here, yet it's close enough to just hop over to the city.

    I totally agree with you about the holiday tree. GET OVER IT! (not you) Those overly sensitive souls who think we should be politically correct. I mean, yeah, watch how you say, "Merry Christmas" if you KNOW someone is Jewish- but as a holiday? We have been decorating CHRISTMAS trees for years and years and years. They also display Haunakah and other holidays out there- but Christmas happens to be the biggest one out there.

    Why argue over a holiday season when it's supposed to be a happy occasion. This is one of the many reasons why it's becoming more and more stressful.

    Great pictures! Bryan's in your state- I forgot!

    Calzone said...

    I didn't read any of that I just kep scrolling down looking for pictures of your ass

    wmy said...

    first off...calzone, your a pig! LOL
    Secondly, you know I live not far from you, and I am ashamed to say that I have never been to see the lighting of the CHRISTMAS TREE in the capital...I suck!! Love your pictures though, thanks!

    MamaKBear said...

    Hey Jenn! No HNT this week??
    Os changed the rules for the week.

    I left ya a lil somethin' over at my place...get on over there and check it out. :)

    Merry Christmas!

    Laurie said...

    Great pics of the CHRISTMAS tree!

    oooh oooh! I know the capital of Michigan!! ;-)

    Merry Christmas, Jenn!

    ell said...

    jenn- just wanted to wish you a very, very, Merry Christmas!

    kellywalters said...

    merry christmas honey!

    Hope your holidays are wonderful and bright!



    tami said...

    Is it just me, or does that tree look phallic?

    Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, and Heraldous post-Festivus, darlin'!