Blog Post Photo, Del Rey Living Room with Christmas Tree

Christmas Spirits?

We’ve got our tree!  We love going to our favourite “lot” every year and picking out the “perfect” tree. The first year my Husband and I were together we drove all over town looking for “that” tree! Oops… the law was laid down and “we will never be doing that again”. Did I mention that we ended up back at the first place we went to! Yikes.

The following year I was given a time limit to choose the tree! We have it down to around 10 minutes and only look at a few because “they are all nice”. After spending time chatting up our tree guy, Mario and his family and after wishing everyone Buon Natale, we are off home with our little beauty.

Aah! the aroma of  a Noble fir; just close your eyes and sniff, wonderful.  Up go the twinkly lights and decorations, off goes the living room lighting, on comes the little electric fireplace. It’s a little fairyland and I simply adore it!

A number of years ago, early one morning around 3:00am we heard a crash? Sounds like it’s coming from the living room! OMG, it is coming from the living room! The tree fell over! So, clean up the broken decorations, right the tree; not too much damage. Back to bed; fall asleep. Crash…it did it again!  Do the whole clean up thing again. Whew, this time it stayed up!

We think it was a signal of things to come  in the new year because there was a huge change in my career! Guess it will remain a mystery forever. Our building was constructed around 1929, hmm…wonder if it was the ghost of the Del Rey paying us another visit?   Could be…strange things have happened here every once in a while!



  1. Wow…. what a terrific story!

    We are not allowed to put up a “real” tree in our condo due to potential fire hazard. I do miss the aroma, so I have a “Pine” scent oil burner that helps facilitate my need for that Christmas feel.

    All the best to you and yours in the New Year!

    Salute!! 🙂

    • Thanks for the great review! I am so glad we can have a real one! Would have to fake it too if we didn’t.
      Found the Vin Santo! Thanks for the offer!

      Ciao, P

    • And a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you and your family! Hope it’s a great 2014!

  2. Buon feste Phyllis & Joe!

    I know it will be full of good cheer and great yummies!
    All the best in 2017 –love staying connected…

    From your Italiana pal in California & her purrfect kitty,
    Victoria & Luu

    • Buon natale Victoria!

      This will be an “interesting” year coming up! #1 – surgery on Jan. 23rd to start with! We are keeping fingers crossed that we will be able to get back to Rome in the early fall. We both are really missing being in Italy!

      I’ve said it before but it’s worth saying again and again…thank you for your friendship over the past few years…somehow, someway we have to meet up! Have a wonderful Christmas season and a fun-filled, successful, happy and healthy 2017!

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