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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

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“It’s beginning to look a Lot like Xmas at Alexandra’s”

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, December 13, 2010

"It's beginning to look a Lot like Xmas at Alexandra's"

Normally I have my tree up over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend but with my parents and what seemed like one of my former 747 crews here that was an impossibility. Why so early? Because when it takes three days to decorate it and I'm out and about so much I need the extra time to enjoy it!

Now you all might be aghast but I have a "fake" tree. Oh yes I do and I love it. This beauty is 9' 6" tall and then I put my Christopher Radko topper on it and presto we are up to 10' 6". I've had this tree for a long time and the bad part is that it is not pre-lite. Therefore the 1,000 little white lights and the 250 old fashion blue, red, yellow and green bulbs plus the 250 bubble lights have to be put on by hand. A work of art to be sure!

This is how the days progress; my husband works at the tree building process for 10 minutes and then takes a 15 minute break watching football or whatever. I cannot get anything accomplished with the tree until this mega building project is completed. Where do I adjoin to? Naturally the living room! Why because there is the mantle to decorate, holiday pillows to put out and then the entrance foyer. Oh and I almost forgot the rest of the family room too and the dining room! Baskets full of huge Poinsettias (Costo perfect $15.99 each), stockings, my huge gold deer for the foyer and then the wreaths for inside and out.

During the process, I keep casually looking into the family room to see if the "monster tree" is making any progress. I'm at the point of taking out a gun and threatening him (just kidding) because I know that the garland, 300 plus ornaments and icicles await me!

Finally, the tree has all of its lights on and the decorating really starts now. This is the part that I enjoy, unwrapping all of those ornaments and strolling down "Memory Lane." Ornaments from all over the world, from friends, ones that I just couldn't live without so they had to come home with me and some that belonged to my Mother that she let me have. I might add that I went on a Christopher Radko binge when his ornaments first came out. They are lovely!

So now an entire day is spent with the ornaments and finally I feel like we are lighting the tree at Rockefeller Center when my husband plugs in the lights. That is when I always say to myself, "It was worth it." I might here, "thank God that all of those lights worked." Can you image taking off the ornaments etc. and starting over?

Patting myself on the back, I love it when people come over for some holiday cheer. They are overwhelmed with this tree! As well they should be since it has been a project of major proportions and my home was literally like a department store gone wild! No one ever thinks it is a fake. They ooh and ah and say, "how did you find such a beautiful tree?" When I confess that it is not a live tree they have to touch it! But you know why they love it so much? Everyone says, "This reminds me of a tree that I grew up with." Now I bet if I had asked you to describe my tree you would have said, "It has to be a designer tree." I would have won the bet!

Now for those of you who have a tree that is either in a window or can be seen from all sides (like mine) it would be ever so non SOF to not decorate 360 degrees. Don't let us hear back students that you skimped!

Well, my dears, I am going to have a little Eggnog now with Nog, some holiday music and enjoy our Xmas tree. The baking project starts tomorrow. My husband had been on a roll of making fresh doughnuts for the last few years for our neighbors and has decided that this year it will be Rum Balls. Does anyone have some extra sugar? Honey where is the Eggnog?

Alexandra

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