Saint Boniface started it

After 2-days of finding, cutting, transporting and standing up a tree in my house to be decorated with lights and ornaments, I thought I’d do a little research on how the tradition started:

It began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

St Boniface, check it out:

fryman un-netting tree kristine and henry tree decorating

ruby with tree fry lodge stockings

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Out of their tree

First the exciting part. After our very streamlined Christmas tree hunt at Mountain Creek tree farm at the base of Mt. Si, we stopped in North Bend for lunch, where we saw an old friend Kelly McGrath with husband and two kids. As we got up to leave, we went to their table to say a quick hello-goodbye. We had no more than said hello when Henry kicked off one of his Thomas the Tank Engine boots, which went sailing across the unsuspecting family’s table to knock over a full beverage and spill all over their 4-year-old daughter. Awkward. We got out of North Bend as fast as we could.

the tree 2009 getting in position fry family quartet at mt creek tree farm 2009

But before that happened, we had a great time picking out the Fry Lodge Christmas tree. We all seem to easily agree on the type and height of the tree. But Ruby doesn’t have a vote yet, so that could change. We of course bought our annual egg-shaped tree ornament and filled up our coffee mugs for Frymans on the drive home. Saw our friends the Richards and Dacquistos, too, which was nice.

tie me up tie me down the restaurant the boots

Fry Lodge Weekend, Abridged

Spending a Saturday flying coast-to-coast makes you feel cheated out of a weekend, but the Fry family made up for lost time – spending some quality time on the couch Saturday night and Sunday. It helped to watch the Cornhuskers win their last home game of the season. And I was even able to get in a bike ride as the sun went down today. Bring on Thanksgiving.