A Ku Indeed!

A Different Kind of Tree

Posted in Fun, Life, Parker by Chris on November 23, 2008

Today the Christmas Tree went up. We don’t buy real trees, since it’s a pain in the butt to get them and transport them to the house and then a royal pain to clean up as they dry out. So we do it the other way: stick the fake pole in the tree stand and start sticking in the individual branches into their color coordinated holes. This time things started as usual. First Christie stuck the very top branches into the pole, and then started at the bottom, putting in the biggest branches and working her way up. Then something unexpected happened.

After getting in the very bottom branches, Christie had to leave the room to take care of something, leaving Parker alone with the unfinished tree and all of those branches on the floor waiting to be inserted. So what do you expect would happen? Parker “finished” the tree. Well, of course, she’ll put in all of those branches the best way she could — for a 3 1/2 year old. When she was done, she came into the other room and informed us that “the tree was done.” When we arrived in the living room, here’s what we found:


Of course, that “hole” represents the space between her reach and the few branches Christie had put in at the start to the top of the tree. She actually did use up all the branches, too — just stuffed into the tree into spots she could reach.

In a way, it looks a bit like a Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree.


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  1. Peony said, on November 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I love it!!!!! Parker has quite an eye I’d say too.

  2. Chris said, on November 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm


    I’ve already added this picture to Parker’s budding art portfolio, for the inevitable day when she wants to apply to New York’s School of Visual Arts. 🙂

  3. Adam said, on November 24, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I’m a big proponent of live trees due to my family’s long tradition of driving many miles to cut down a tree, drag it to a tractor, drink hot chocolate, and argue incessantly while we put it up at home. This tradition has been getting better since I’ve been able to legally drink.

    But this is pretty awesome. Were there enough holes for all the branches at the bottom, or did she improvise? I wonder if she really thought it was done or whether she thought it was “cheating”.

  4. Chris said, on November 25, 2008 at 8:53 am

    She ran out of holes, clearly — there are only as many holes in the pole as there are branches. So she actually stuffed the extra branches in. Funny enough, she actually did a really good job of it. It was hard to tell which branches were in the holes and which weren’t.

    I’m not sure she has a concept of cheating yet, but it’s interesting to think whether she knew something was, at the very least, “amiss”. 🙂

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