December 16, 2012


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My wife brought out the fake tree that we have yesterday and found that one of the legs was missing from the stand.  She tried numerous contraptions to make it work, to no avail.  I told her we should go out an get a real tree and she said she doesn’t want to deal with the needles.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

We better hurry up because our 13 year-old daughter is giving us a hard time about why we don’t have one up yet and it’s December 16.  We’re really hoping to get one today. Hopefully I can talk my wife out of getting a fake one. There is a few guys selling them in a nearby lot. I have noticed the prices dropping with each passing day.

I actually saw where someone in my neighborhood had their tree up right after Thanksgiving. They were surely “in the spirit.”

To be honest though I’m not a big Christmas tree guy. I could care less to tell you the truth. Fake, real, it doesn’t matter. The time you put it up, who cares?

As a kid living on ninth avenue I remember my mother getting us a tree. Location in your house was important. We lived in a five-room railroad apartment on ninth avenue so the only place we could put it was in the corner of our living room. We’d move a coffee table into a bedroom and set up shop in the same area every year.

The artificial tree was easy to assemble. All you did was take the sticks/branches and slide them into the wooden pole; then decorate it with the ornaments, lights, garland, and don’t forget the star at the top of the tree. Pulling out the decorations sucked. They would be thrown in boxes from a year ago tucked away in a closet somewhere; the lights were always tangled. Some of the balls were broken too.

We once had this really cool hand-made collectible that we bought from Bargain Land placed down at the bottom of the tree. It had a small ceramic  baby Jesus, his mom Mary and a few apostles hanging out.

Putting the tree together you would start at the bottom and work your way up – that was the golden rule. I always wanted to put the “balls’ on first. Decorating it was fun; taking the decorations off sucked. We always fought over who would put the star at the top. Come to think if it, our star was always crooked.

As we got older mom would eventually get us a real tree. I loved the smell of real trees. Every year there was always someone by the lot on 16th street with a tree business. There was tall trees, short trees, wide ones and skinny ones.  They’d be out there with a ton of trees leaned up against the fence trying to sell. It was great strategy to have their business right by the train station.  There was always a fire burning nearby in a garbage can so the tree sellers could stay warm. One year mom made me drag it all the way home. Now that sucked.

The tree stand was a pain in the ass. I remember one year mom trying to put it together and sticking the thick base of the tree inside the stand and getting it to stand up straight. Those screws drove us nuts. We could never get them evenly tightened. Often times our tree was wobbly, looking like it was going to tip over.

Mom gave me the job of watering the damn thing. I hated getting down low and crawling under to pour water into the stand. The needles were pointy.

And the lights on the tree; I think we were the only family that kept their lights on 24-7.

My wife has had a cool ‘Charlie Brown’ tree the past couple of years. With a fake tree there’s no mess. With a real tree you get all the pine needles all over the place when you drag it in and drag it out of the house.

I know we’re a bit behind but what’s the date where everyone usually has their tree up?  My wife told me that when she was about eight years old her father (whom they nicknamed “Scrooge” during the holidays) waited until Christmas Eve to get their tree.  Needless to say, the pickings were very slim.  She said they got the most pitiful tree and cried all the way home.

Mom always put our tree up a week before Christmas and took it down a week after.

What kind of tree do you have?

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Years!


November 22, 2012


Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 8:56 am

I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.



November 24, 2010


Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 11:27 pm

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

As a kid I recall going to Greenwood Lake with my family to celebrate.  At night, my cousins and I would put on a ‘play’ for the adults.

We’d eat turkey, stuffing and sit around the table telling stories and of course, watch football.

Have a safe holiday!


November 26, 2009


Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 7:44 am

I wanted to reach out to all the readers of Container Diaries and wish them all a Happy Thanksgiving.

I am attempting a ‘first’ today; I am going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Taylor!


Who would’ve thought it…? I recall as a kid catching a glimpse of it on TV and wondering how all those people could line the streets of Manhattan sitting there freezing their asses off, curbside.

Wouldn’t you know it-I’ll be one of those people this morning. But the weather is supposed to be nice.

Have a great day!


November 30, 2008


Filed under: Blog — hoopscoach @ 9:20 pm
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Hope all is well with everyone. Sorry but I wasn’t able to blog the last couple of days – been out of town. Wireless was hard to come by. Also with the team in full swing, it’s getting harder and harder to get to the computer. Oh yeah, did I mention Taylor, our nine year-old is craving more and more attention?

We can all agree that with the day after Thanksgiving comes the famous leftovers. That’s right, turkey sandwiches with mayo, lettuce and anything else people choose to slap on a few pieces of bread. Turkey salad is also another idea.

Tossing the stuffing and mashed potatoes in the microwave and of course covering it with the leftover gravy.

How long do the leftovers last in your house?

Keep posting those comments and of course I appreciate all the e-mails. Like always, if you feel you can send me a solid post for the blog, I’d love to look it over and throw it up on the blog as a guest blog. Would love to hear about your memories of growing up in Windsor Terrace. Because I’m sure some people are getting a bit tired of hearing from me (especially my good friend P.P.W.) LOL…


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