Friday, December 10, 2010

FSO: ten minutes from home









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The theme for December 10th is a little different than what we are use to. 10 Minutes from Home. You can travel any way you would like, just let us know how you ended up 10 minutes from home. Walking, bike, drive a car, maybe ride a horse! (I bet Kerry has already thought of that one!) After you get 10 minutes from home, show us what is there. So, in a way, this is a mystery for all of us!

I can't wait to see everyone's posts.

Happy Shooting!!
Posted by Doreen

I have lived in this neighbourhood of Mt Eden/Balmoral suburb for many years. I walk there frequently and always wonder why some one would plant Christmas trees in a prime piece of real estate. It just doesn't make economic sense when your business is only a few days a year at Christmas and the occasional people who want to celebrate Christmas in our winter in July.

Two days days ago, my friend P from Brazil explained to me why. They were selling tradition. Since they arrived from Brazil five years ago, their tradition was to go to MISA
the kids choose a tree, and someone at MISA wouldd cut it down for them. At last I realised this. I remember watching American movies where families go to the forest and cut their tree down.

This is what MISA is selling, a piece of tradition.

we have been growing Christmas Trees on our Auckland Christmas Tree “farm” in the heart of the City since the early 1940s. We now enjoy visits from a third generation of families who come with their children to choose that special tree ... and a third generation of Misa family assist them and their Uncle Ron!

Our Auckland Christmas Tree Farm is the only place in the central city where families can bring their children to walk amongst the growing Christmas Trees - we endeavour to do our bit in keeping this part of Auckland green.

Merry Christmas.

For my own tree, I cut off branches from my fir tree, and bundle them together.

7 comments:

Jama said...

That's one tradition that are not followed here, make more common sense to use the artificial tree which can recycle and reuse. At least doesn't hurt the pocket.

Doreen said...

I would like to see your tree of fir branches Ann. I picture it as medium size and cute. great post!!

Ginny said...

I bet a lot of families are thankful for the Misa family right now!

M.Kate said...

sounds good, esp getting your own tree..here we have them also..the plastic versions :( Happy Sunday..

Sarawakiana@2 said...

It is that time of the year
...to send out Christmas wishes to friends far and near...
Your post is refreshing in idea
It makes NZ Christmas traditions clear
..I have just come back from my very bone shaking adventure in the heart of Borneo...and only to realise that I have missed the Miri Christmas Parade...
thanks for the lovely post on Christmas trees...We have to survive with our plastic tree...

Willy said...

Willy wants to go to the woods to cut his tree but probably just go artificial.

10-4 Willy

Kerry said...

How fun that you can walk to a Christmas tree plantation, very surprising. Where I live there so many Christmas tree plantations; next weekend we will go to one and get our tree. I love the way they smell...no artificial tree can match it.