I was a bit upset that my sister was seeing this beautiful outdoor mall for the first time and yet there were all these cranes and cherry pickers there. It occurred to me that they were putting up Christmas trees! OY! It is that time already!
And sure enough they were... but hey, that tree's kinda naked...
We soon realized... they were ADDING BRANCHES! To a LIVE tree!!
These guys were on the ground keeping everything organized:
All the branches were skinned where they would be attached to the tree. They were treated with a fire retardant and a green dye! (Oh, the joy of a real fake tree!) Each branch also had a row number on it.
The guys in the cherry pickers would come down and pick up dozens of braches and then hammer, saw and screw them into place.
After a little more shopping, we headed for home but had to stop for milkshakes from In-N-Out. We've forgotten about Halloween but there we found Robert, who had to make his costume for school. He went dressed as his favorite burger joint and won the costume contest. So naturally mom took him out for a burger to celebrate. You would have thought that the folks at In-N-Out would've been so impressed with his ingenuity, they might just comp him a burger or a shake at least... but noooo! (Bad move In-N-Out!). But Robert was so cute... I just had to share him with you!