08 Dec2008

Christmas Tree 2008

by Marketman


Some readers left comments or sent emails asking what the Christmas Tree looked like this year, after I did that post on getting ready to decorate the tree, here. So here is the Marketman & Family Christmas Tree, 2008 Edition.


It took us a day or two to decorate the tree while the dog hovered underfoot…


…the Teen took this cool photo of an ornament through another ornament…


…and a jolly rotund santa shared the space with blown glass, which mimicked icicles…


The base of the tree was filled with gifts, most of them headed out to be delivered to family, friends, sukis, etc.


A small crystal wreath…


…a view of the layers of the ornaments towards the center of the tree. I realize now that you need a lot more ornaments when you use clear glass because the disappear into the tree…


…and when it was all done, the family labrador was thinking a big fat “ho hum”… Now we have to start baking the gingerbread!



  1. Vanessa says:

    Tres, tres bien, Marketman! That’s one gorgeous tree, and lab! :-)

    Dec 8, 2008 | 6:19 pm


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  3. kit says:

    very classy and elegant!

    Dec 8, 2008 | 6:20 pm

  4. Ellen says:

    The last picture is just so beautiful!

    (obviously, a comment from a dog lover.)

    Dec 8, 2008 | 6:23 pm

  5. Mila says:

    LOL, poor dog looks like she knows there are no dog related decorations on that tree.

    Dec 8, 2008 | 6:30 pm

  6. noemi says:

    beautiful! so elegant. I love your glass ornaments.

    Dec 8, 2008 | 6:43 pm

  7. chrisb says:

    Your Lab sleeps like a lechon MM! Haha, does that even make sense?

    great tree, btw.

    Dec 8, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  8. Marketman says:

    chrisb, we actually refer to it as her lechon pose. Can’t imagine a male dog splaying themselves out like that, if you know what I mean…but apparently male dogs do spread out in this lechon stance sometimes… :)

    Dec 8, 2008 | 7:16 pm

  9. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Hohoho!!! The teen is getting better at taking pics…such a cool photo..She’ll give you a run for your money–takes after Dad!! Chip off the old block…
    Love your labrador’s pose…hahaha…sorry got distracted from the real topic.
    Elegant tree…Paskong-pasko na!! Welcome baby Jesus!!!

    Dec 8, 2008 | 7:48 pm

  10. diday says:

    Haven’t done mine yet. My 14-year old daughter refuses to re-cycle the 14-year old over-used x-tree. The tree appears to be begging to rest .. in peace.

    Dec 8, 2008 | 8:11 pm

  11. diday says:

    two years ago the tree was decorated by my 3-year old daughter and 5-year old boy with legless barbie, headless power rangers, freebies from McDo’s and Hungry Jacks, broken transformers, stuff toys. They were not junk toys but favourite ones.

    Dec 8, 2008 | 8:20 pm

  12. maria says:

    nice mm, never thought you had that talent too :) happy holidays indeed!

    Dec 8, 2008 | 9:02 pm

  13. fried-neurons says:

    MM: My dog (golden retriever and cattle dog mix) is a boy and he does the “lechon pose” all the time. :)

    So cute when they’re splayed out like that and their tails start wagging…

    Your tree looks awesome!

    Dec 8, 2008 | 10:21 pm

  14. iris says:

    I’ve been looking forward to your Christmas tree post ever since December rolled in. I really love the effect of the hand-blown glass ornaments and the way the lights bounce off it.

    Happy Holidays, MM! :D

    Dec 9, 2008 | 12:06 am

  15. Maria Clara says:

    Your Christmas tree trimmed and give aways ready to be handed out – Christmas is just around the corner.

    Dec 9, 2008 | 1:20 am

  16. shalimar says:

    wonder how can I convinced my captain to buy me a tree .. we are not cruising this xmas oh my what a change..

    wonderful tree….. beautiful

    Dec 9, 2008 | 1:43 am

  17. Lorraine says:

    Beautiful! The tree AND the dog. We have two black labs, and it’s the boy who lies in “lechon position” all the time. I’m of the opinion that until you’ve lived with a lab, you haven’t truly lived :-)

    Dec 9, 2008 | 3:18 am

  18. tnm says:

    love your dog, mm! does he have some doggie ornaments to hang on the tree? when we put our tree up, our dogs nibbled on the fallen needles but quickly got tired of it, much to my relief.

    Dec 9, 2008 | 3:31 am

  19. navyGOLF says:

    Ornaments I got last saturday are now hanging on our tree! I’m hoping to start a Marketman collection for as long as you have the charity drive going : )

    Dec 9, 2008 | 4:32 am

  20. Jess says:

    sexy calves!

    Dec 9, 2008 | 5:02 am

  21. natie says:

    Jess, i concur.. :-)

    lovely tree, MM! the tree has a very good symmetry..sometimes hard to find in fresh evergreens. my daughter’s family will go to the tree farm this weekend to “cut their own tree”..

    Dec 9, 2008 | 7:58 am

  22. sylvia says:


    Dec 9, 2008 | 8:20 am

  23. ging berdon says:

    nice lab and nice tree ;-) most dogs love to lie in the lechon pose. The abdomen which has lesser hair is in contact with the cool floor, helps cool dogs off on warm days.

    Dec 9, 2008 | 8:26 am

  24. Marketman says:

    ging… I figured it had something to do with cooling themselves off, but after a bath, she also sunbathes like this to warm herself up! funny how we have now coined the “lechon pose” hahaha. natie…this is the fake tree :) the live tree is nearby for fragrance, but I thought it might not make it to Christmas… Jess, hahaha. Oddly, that makes me feel good. Considering how large my stomach is. navyGOLF, it was good to meet you last Saturday. tnm, the lab just ignaores the tree and ornaments, thankfully. Lorraine, I grew up in a home with FIVE humongous and lovable german shepherds… but labs are fantastic for both adults and children! iris, I got several dozen emails requesting a full length photo of the tree! :) fried neurons… the tail wagging while head is on the floor is priceless…

    Dec 9, 2008 | 8:38 am

  25. natie says:

    hahahah!!! MM, i thought it looked too perfect (the shape)!!! now i’m not hesitant to ‘out’ myself–i use the dependable stand-by from the basement…it is a slim, tall EVERgreen for my small living room. fragrance will just come from glade’s or a very good candle—then, all the baking will give the tiny abode with holiday aroma. maybe, i’ll get a fresh branch as a candle holder…the condo parking lot is surrounded by pines, boxwoods and cypresses..there’s also a couple of huge hollies. a branch or two won’t be missed

    Dec 9, 2008 | 10:01 am

  26. alilay says:

    finally i got my tree yesterday after much prodding to hubby to take me to OSH but they only have big trees i want a small one so we went to the other tree seller and got my 3 ft. tree, the apt smells so good.

    Dec 9, 2008 | 10:35 am

  27. CecileJ says:

    Lorraine, yes, I am a certified Lab lover myself and cried buckets when ours died while I was away on a training trip. My colleagues werre shocked to hear me making hagulgol on the cell phone when I got the news. Now our lives are never the same and no other dog will match up to Pippin. (Sorry, off topic!)

    MM, nice tree, nice calves, adorable dog!!!

    Dec 9, 2008 | 10:47 am

  28. terrey says:

    thanks a lot Mr. MM for finally posting your christmas tree…my own kid is very amaze with the tons of gifts under your christmas tree. nice and behaved lab too.

    Dec 9, 2008 | 11:12 am

  29. glory says:

    what a beautiful christmas tree, here in Germany where I am now there are lots and lots of Christmas decors found around especially in a weinachmarkt (xmas nite market) mostly handmade but sadly, i will be travelling back home in the Philippines for Christmas so I decided not to decorate my house in Germany and i wont be able to decorate my house in the Philippines, too. Seeing your christmas tree was enough to make me happy that even if i cant decorate a tree this year, there are other people who still find time to decorate their trees no matter how hard life is. Your website is very nice. I am happy that my sister in the phil. gave me your link, so I can read a lot about the Philippines and moreso see nice photos. Keep it up!

    Dec 9, 2008 | 5:51 pm

  30. xkwzt says:

    Your Lab is very guapo :D

    Dec 9, 2008 | 9:19 pm

  31. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Hahahaha…now Lab has fans…and your calves too…hahaha..this really makes me laugh. We notice things like calves,dogs,gardens,plates,expensive caserola,silverware,floor..this always makes me laugh and I go bask to the photos to see what others saw and I didn’t notice. You guys do the same? Hahahaha..this posts make my sometimes stressful day at the office..lighter..what with the funny posts..like silly lolo…lee…hahahaha talaga!!
    Btw while I’m at it…I like your floor..it’s shiny like ours and looks exactly the same…Hahahahaha….

    Dec 10, 2008 | 5:11 pm

  32. zena says:

    I love your dog, I love your dog, I love your dog! We have 3 male askals and they all do the lechon pose albeit only belly down. A chocolate brown dog is my dream dog. And the Teen had a very cool idea for that shot. As my photog teacher says, “it’s not in the pana, it’s in the indian.” The Teen is a good Indian.

    Dec 10, 2008 | 9:12 pm

  33. Blue says:

    Your lab is adorable!

    My beagle does the lechon pose a lot too, only we call it Dugong pose.

    and your tree… Magnificent!

    Dec 17, 2008 | 5:21 am

  34. shahoney says:

    your dog is adorable :]

    Dec 21, 2008 | 12:58 pm


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