This family traveled all the way to their front yard to chop down this festive shrub.
(submitted by Rachael)
It’s time to trim the Christmas hedge kids!
I have looked at hundreds of these tonight, but I almost just went into labor when I saw this one!! And the title… Amazing
Looks like something out of a Doctor Who Christmas special. Beware the Trees!
My Dad does the same thing EVERY YEAR! He has started using Christmas as an appropriate time to rid the property of “ugly trees” — his words! This year’s tree was particularly hideous, and Dad explained to me it’s because the weather’s been too good. “That’s why the branches grew so far apart,” he explained. I’ll never forget the year he dragged in a cedar bush… LOL! I have started threatening to leave a fake one on their doorstep one of these days.
It’s the venus fly trap of christmas trees! After this picture it grabbed him, squeezed the life out of him and.. feasted.
Anyone seen the episode of That 70′s Show (1st season I think) where the guys steal a tree from the side of the interstate to save money?
Eric’s dad gives him $40 to buy one but Eric and his buddies want to use the money for beer instead. The tree comes home and Eric’s mother admires it, saying “It’s so FRESH.” Just then a big pigeon or something comes flying out of the tree and she runs off
The tree looked great in the living room until state troopers showed up at the door to take it back.
So sad but I can relate. My dad once chopped off the top of an overgrown bush in the front of our house and called it a tree. They swear they never did this, but I know and remember!
I like it – it’s unique. In fact, if I had a Christmas tree like this, I could actually get all of my ornaments on it ( I have way too many ornaments…). I bet this “tree” looked even better with all of the presents underneath it on Christmas morning!
When my first daughter was 7, I was pregnant with my second daughter, and I was unemployed, so we had to make due with branches from the neighbor’s cuttings of his tree for our tree that we tied together and put in water. The branches lasted until after the new year. We did not feel that we lacked anything, because we had lights and decorations that made the branches look wonderful.
I can remember having decorated four trees in one year, because the first one was a small fake tree that my daughter offered to her class at school w/o informing me. I had a plant that looked like a tree, so I switched the lights and orinments and tied the plant to the rail going up the stairs to the second floor. The kids came home and were horrified to see the dropping plant and made such a fuss that I took it down. My brother-in-law gave me another tree that promptly died two days before Christmas, so I finally went and bought one and we had a very happy Christmas finally!
is that a bathroom rug under the bush?
Nothing says “Christmas” quite like a juniper pulled up from the front yard.This is ONE branch of a juniper,which were quite popular in the 70′s as far as landscaping goes.It wasn’t until the 80′s that everone found out that the roots grew 1 foot per day,….when they were trying to get rid of the damn things.
Few know that the scene in the Wizard of Oz where the trees throw apples was actually written with Dorothy’s little brother Danny getting eaten by the evil trees. This must be a scene from that long lost film. He is a goner.
Oh and btw, LOVE the pink walls.
This reminds me of the arborvitae tree my mom chopped down for last year’s tree. It was very Charlie Brown.
When times are tough, you gotta do what you gotta do. Creativity is key!
Love the originality! The first year I was married I hung my newly purchased ornaments on an Umbrella Tree that sat in a huge gaudy brass flowerpot. My dad was not impressed – the next year he made sure to bring me a freshly chopped tree.
Such an interesting picture! Look at the neatly groomed child, the neat little rug under the tree stand, the three wise men neatly lined up in the neat and clean house… And then there’s this crazy tree…!
I’d like to see the tree topper for that one!
Ok, long time reader, first time commenter. Here to say, WT*?
You forgot to say “Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen for my answer.”
Am I the only one who thinks it looks like the tree has developed a mouth and is going to eat the kid?
We had a Christmas Bush one year! Husband thought he’d save some money and wandered out into our local forest. It was dark and he was alone, so he did the best he could.
The branches were long and curved up, so the more you tried to ‘trim’ it, the more bare spots you had, so we just had a big bush with long upward curving branches. It made it worse after trimming off the top just to be able to fit the star up there.
The cats LOVED it though! And it was the first year that we really didn’t care that the cats all massacred that poor little Christmas bush. They had fun playing in it and we had a good laugh watching them in all of their wide-eyed glory!
O Christmas shrub, O Christmas shrub, how lovely are…..
Wow! I’ll have to go make sure the neighbors down the street aren’t missing one of their bushes.
The question is: did that shrub come out of their yard, or a neighbour’s yard?
Could be worse…..It could be an aluminum pole. Happy Festivus!
lol, sweet comment indeed Snowrider… Happy Festivus for the rest of us lol
…God Festiv-us, EVERYONE!!
Time for the “airing of the grienvences”
“Yay! I got the three large chess pieces I asked for!”
LOL — didn’t notice those. Good catch!
Uh….guessing they’re the 3 Wise Men…..
Those do appear to be the 3 Wise Men. But why, oh why, are they UNDER the bush?
The most awkward part of this picture: To this day, my father finds nothing wrong with this tree.
I’m so sorry for you! :-*
I’m sorry for myself.
Rusty: Dad, this tree won’t fit in our back yard.
Clark: It’s not going in the yard, Russ. It’s going in the living room.
My thoughts exactly! “A lot of sap.”
Watch out of the squirel
TRUE STORY: I had a childhood friend whose father did the exact same thing – cutting out the front bush of his house! It looked just like this only FOUR TIMES BIGGER! It litterally took up half his front room!
Legend has it that it took the kids four days to find their presents under the tree…
We all got so fixated on the tree no one even mentioned the kid’s upswept blonde mohawk.
That’s the tree.
It used to be a “tradition” to cut down a cedar at my husband’s family’s farm – since it was not a “tree” farm – we had many a Christmas in the early 80′s with trees not too unlike this bush. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one suffering…
We used a Pondorosa pine one year, ever tried to hang ornaments on a tree with 2″-3″ needles?
I’m afraid to ask what was hung by the fireplace.
Tube-socks and pantyhose!!!
ahh yes, the good ole festivus shrub, all the holidays comined into one convenient plant
The Festivus for the rest-iv-us!
We have a 23 month old and my mom (her grandma) put their tree up recently and to put it up out of my daughter’s reach, put the tree on an end table. We to their dismay (my folks) the tree was too tall – solution? Cut the top 2 feet of the (plastic) tree off – now they have a very conveinent Christmas bush as we all call it . . .
Boo! I don’t think this is awkward. I like this tree.
Of all the Charlie Brown trees – this one is the Charlie Browniest of them all!
I vote for this caption!
Chernobyl Farms tomatoes adorning the shrubbery…I’m still laughing!!
Move kid! It is about to eat you!
It image appears to be a TIFF image, most browsers can’t read them.
There just has to be a story behind this.
With the red ornaments it looks like a tomato plant from Chernobyl Farms.
As a matter of fact, it’s a Three Mile Island nursery bush
What little Benjamin Cohen really wanted was a Christmas tree—instead, he had to settle for the Hanukkah bush.
Erin wins the caption trophy!
Wow, Erin watches some Little House on the Prairie… great caption.
WATCH OUT LENNY!!! IT’S ABOUT TO START SINGING!!!
Is it just me, or is there no picture?
It probably has to do with your computer, unfortunately. Basically, the picture has a little boy standing in front of the Christmas tree…except the tree looks kind of like a bush.
lol that’s awesome!
? what pic ?
There’s no picture posted.
this reminds of something out of The Little Shop of Horrors – its fronds are reaching for the child!
This is exactly what I said to describe this picture.
I was thinking the same thing! Run little kid run!
How awkward…you forgot to put the picture up!
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