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Old 12-19-2018, 09:52 AM   #1
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Do you or have you ever put up a train, Christmas village, monorail, or anything else in or around your Christmas tree?


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Old 12-19-2018, 10:09 AM   #2
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No, we just have the tree skirt. (We don't even put the gifts under the tree. They sit on the nearby dining room table. The joys of having 4 curious dogs! Haha! Even the poor tree skirt usually gets ripped off a couple times a year.)
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:44 AM   #3
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We had a train around our tree for a few years, but the dogs and the kids couldn't leave it alone. Now we just have a Chrisrtmas tree skirt.
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We always had a train around the tree growing up. Now we just have a tree skirt.
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No, just a tree skirt. I thought about setting our Nativity up under the tree like some people do, but decided to put it in a safer place since the pieces are breakable.
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We have always had a train around the bottom of our tree and for quite a few years now we also have had a Christmas village.
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We have a dog gate around the tree and a tree skirt under it. When we had Rapunzel (our domesticated bunny) she could be found underneath the tree - and she always "rearranged" the tree skirt and the three Goldens didn't bother with anything. The two bunnies we have now unfortunately like the wires a little too much and the two puppies like the ornaments so everyone needs to be kept away hence the gate.
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We just have a tree skirt. We have set up a train on a table a few times.
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Old 12-19-2018, 04:37 PM   #11
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One year we put up a train but between the little kids and the cat it didn't stay on the track too long. We only did it that one year.
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I have a monorail around the tree with the Contemporary Resort it goes through and the Polynesian Resort.
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We never had anything other than a tree skirt, but this year no tree skirt. Instead I wrapped some garland around it and that looks more festive.
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Have a village set up on the buffet
We have a beautiful new tree skirt under our very 1st artificial tree from Balsam Hill
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Aside from the tree skirt, the Nativity set goes under the tree.
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