WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --     Last week on the coldest day of the week Best Friend and I trekked to Sioux Falls for a doctorís appointment at Sanford.

    If you recall in my last two columns I railed about the problems I had with our new Christmas Tree. I also mentioned I would try to exchange it while we were in Sioux Falls.

    With Best Friendís appointment before noon, we knew we would have some  time to look for trees. But before that, we met my sister Suzie for lunch at Camilleís on 41st Street. If you havenít had the pleasure of eating there I would recommend it. Judging by how full it was over lunch hour, a lot of people would probably agree with my review.



    After lunch I decided to look at some of the places along 41st Street. After looking at about a dozen places with no luck, I told best friend I think there is a Big Lots store on Louisiana Avenue that might have trees. Well as luck would have it I was right, and I found a tree that I liked, although it didnít have lights, and it was bigger than I wanted. So why the heck didnít we just keep the old tree? (which wasnít that old!) Well I bought the tree, and some  lights and proceeded to return the other tree.

    When we got home later in the day,  I decided to set up the new tree. Of course as you probably already know they donít come out of the box looking like much either. Of course my original plan was to get a smaller tree, about five and a half feet tall. So my first thought was to cut down the bottom section. Well as it turned out by just leaving the bottom section off all together I ended up with a perfect five to five and a half foot tree! Well the tree is set up and fully decorated and ready for the Ohhs and Ahhs of our family ó maybe not ó but I think it is one of the prettiest trees we have had in our 48 years of celebrating Christmas.

    The moral of this story is, ďif you want a nice looking five to five and a half foot Christmas tree, buy a nice looking seven foot tree!Ē

    I hope that each and everyone of you will have a happy and blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Have a great week and do good!