Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 428

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall" 

~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Do you remember that as a kid?  I do. I remember having the biggest tree ever that reached to the ceiling.  

In the land of the bronzed Aussie we predominantly use fake trees because the real ones are just too hard to come by.  Well, when I was a kid, I think they were non-existent.  Unless you chopped one down and stole it from the nearby Catholic school. But that is a story for another day.  Anyway we use fake trees. So we tend to have the same tree year in, year out.  I remember my childhood tree clearly.  As I said, it was enormous. I had to crane my neck to see the top.  Or that's what I recall ...

It turns out that it only went up to about chest height on an adult. Are you kidding me? When did my parents dump that Luc Longley length tree and swap it for one of the seven dwarfs?  Are you sure this is the same tree?  Yes, it was the same tree.  

Since then they've bought a new tree.  It's not Luc Longley height but about Derek Langdown height. About 6 foot 5 without it's shoes or can even grow to 6 foot 6 if it's had a few drinks.  Nice tall tree. And Mum bought us a tree too.  It's taller than Derek - it IS Luc Longly height!! Oh yes it is.  

Just how tall is Luc Longley? He is 7 foot 2 inches (about 218cm). Who is Luc Longley?  Well he is a retired professional basketball player who I think may have been the first Australian to ever play in the NBA.  He's the same age as me.  Derek actually used to play with/against him as a teenager.  But we're not here to talk about Luc Longely.  The topic was Christmas trees ...

Was your childhood tree 30 feet tall?

1 comment :

  1. We actually did have real ones when I was a kid. They smelled like Christmas after a day or two and I miss that smell. They weren't very big and they tended to be on the scraggly side but to us they looked like Myer showpieces.


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