It is probably no secret that I don't love Christmas. I am not sure why. Maybe because I grew up with snow on Christmas. Yes, I live in California but I spent MOST Christmases in Michigan. Maybe it is because the holiday never seems to live up to expectations. I don't know but I am not a big fan. I am, however, a HUGE fan of the decorations!
Houses decorated with lights, trees in the window and all the little things people do to make their houses festive make me smile. I love decorating the house and the tree. I remember we had 2 trees at one point....one decorated with family ornaments and one with just white and gold decorations (I think). I hope to someday be able to do that.
We are not a family that puts the tree up right after Thanksgiving. We put up a real tree and I feel like it would be dead by the time December 25th rolled around. Our tree usually goes up 2 weeks before Christmas. This year we changed it up and put it up this past weekend.
We have a tree place right around the corner from our house so we headed there. The first thing we saw were these little tiny trees and I got so excited about the thought of LG having her own tree. I quickly got over that. We looked around and picked out a tree pretty quickly. 5 ft and nice and full. PERFECT! Then we got it home.
The tree is more like 7 ft. tall. It is HUGE. The thing is, this happens every year. I don't seem to have an eye for tree size. Last year our tree was really fat. This year it isn't so fat but it is TALL. Oh well, it takes up half our room but I actually love it.
This was the first year that LG helped decorate the tree. When I pulled out the lights, I was surprised to find that they were colored lights. I wondered who bought the colored lights, but it was of course me since I am the only one who buys these things. LG must have wanted colored lights last year because I am not a big fan of them. Oh well.
We managed to get the ornaments on without breaking any. I just had to make sure that LG didn't touch any of the "important" ones. I did have to move some around after noticing 3 on the same branch ;-) When we were all done LG wanted to put the "star" on the top. The problem? We don't have a star. For the past 10 or so years we have had a ribbon with curls that cascade down the tree. I love it. J hates it. I win :-)
LG wanted to put the angel. The angel is from my childhood and it hasn't been on our tree, ever. It took some time to convince me but the angel now adorns the top of our tree. I like her up there looking over us. I actually love our tree.
I sat in the dark this morning with just the lights of the tree on. Just sat and looked at the tree. Ornaments that J and I made back when we were little. Ornaments we have bought on some of our trips. Ornaments that have been on my tree since I was born. Ones that I have bought for Ashley. There is a story to many of them and I loved just thinking back.