Aby-a-Day – 17 December: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Hipstamatic Monday)

We finally have our tree up.

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This is absolutely the latest I have ever set up my Christmas tree (except for the years I didn’t put one up at all, of course).

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Björn says that Swedes usually put their trees up later than in the States…even later than this. But given the ordeal that is putting up all the decorations, I would rather put them up as early as possible – the day after Thanksgiving. Maximum result for maximum work, if you know what I mean.

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But whatever. The tree is up. And it’s Lorelai’s and Izaak’s first tree ever. And it’s Alfred’s second.

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You would think, based on all the memes about cats and Christmas trees, there would be no way on Earth that a tree would survive with four Abyssinians and a Singapura.

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But the truth is, the cats are, generally, unimpressed by the Christmas tree.

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(Gotta love the randomness of Hipstamatic…)

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Björn was trying so hard to get Freddy and Rory interested in the tree, he was plying them with ornaments…glass ones, no less!

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The ornaments were still more interesting than the tree itself.

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One Björn stopped swinging the ornaments around enticingly and hung them on the tree, Rory and Freddy’s interest was gone.

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Jacoby couldn’t even be enticed to pose with the tree. This ain’t his first Christmas tree rodeo.

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Izaak, however, was at least a little impressed by the tree.

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But even he respected the tree and merely posed for me next to it.

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He was interested in the tree…but at the end of the day…

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…He was more interested in posing next to the electric window candles.