I had forgotten about having to do this until I went to visit my friend. I thought she had been interrupted while she was decorating her tree because it only looked half-decorated. Then her two dogs got into a playful wrestling match, and I realized why the decorations only went from the middle up. “Don’t decorate below the Dog Line!” (We had a similar phrase in my family that said not to eat the grapes that grew below the Dog Line.)
Geordie always liked taking a nap under the tree. I wasn’t sure if he were waiting for Santa or if he were participating in the nativity. Perhaps a little of both!
Wonder how Bitey would fare against our Monkey puzzle tree? https://diggingfordirt.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/the-christmas-tree-question/ With enthusiasm I suspect!
I can imagine a “Yipe! Yipe! Yipe!” coming from him once he met it. (By the way, what do the seeds taste like?)
They are pretty tasty. Some people compare them to standard pine nuts in taste although they are actually a different genera. They are very starchy so this must be considered if cooking with them. We just like to roast them in a hot oven and pick away one by one.