Mother: Putting up a Christmas tree or not. Every year at my house there is a debate regarding the Christmas tree. For years the discussion was real vs artificial, but this year it is a tree or not.
Let me say right up front I love my Christmas tree. For some reason and I have no idea why having a fresh real Christmas tree means a lot to me. In my first marriage, everything to do with Christmas was an issue. Buying presents, wrapping, decorating and especially the tree made for a tense December. One year after many heated discussions I agreed to get an artificial tree. After very little looking I bought the most expensive tree I found. Now understand this was forty some years ago, so we are talking less than a hundred dollars. The kids and I got it decorated, and I thought it looked pretty good for a fake tree. The problem was I knew it wasn’t real and none of the sprays could make it smell like a real tree.
Fast forward a few years, and I am divorced and living on my own, so I had no one to please but me. My poor son in law has paid his dues though when it comes to assisting me with my Christmas tree. One year I bought a tree that I thought was perfect. Daughter and husband were coming for the weekend, so I knew I could count on son in law assisting with getting the tree up. What I failed to notice on the perfect tree was it had one bottom but two trunks. The tree wouldn’t fit in the stand because of the two trunks. And when son in law ask for a saw to try and trim up the bottom branches I gave him a butcher knife. I assured him it was very sharp and I had used it before to trim up my Christmas tree.
Last year we were hosting for our annual friends Christmas party so putting up the tree was important to me. My friends all know my love of my tree and look forward to seeing what color scheme I decided on. But this year other than Christmas day dinner we will not be having people over. Add to that the fact that I will be out of town every weekend before Christmas so is it worth all of the work to put up a Christmas tree? And we are leaving January 4th for Florida so taking the tree down will be combined with packing.
We have decided that we will not put up a Christmas tree this year. In the big scheme of life, though it makes me sad it is the right decision. I was telling husband this afternoon that if it had been our usual Christmas season, we would be getting our tree today. Our habit was to go somewhere to watch the Ohio State Michigan game then head to the tree farm to get our tree. I have to say it was nice to be able to come home instead of racing to the farm to pick a tree before it got dark.
It will be interesting to see what my thoughts are as we get closer to Christmas. I need to learn that change is not always a bad thing, maybe I will learn to go with the flow. But I will say I won’t be holding my breath to see if that happens.
How do you feel about your Christmas tree and annual traditions?
Until next time.
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