We broke out the Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving - so of course the kids have been begging everyday since then to get a Christmas tree. And while there are many things I have taken on (ah-hem, been forced to take on) without Paul, I have my limits*. So the kids began the countdown to Daddy's day off.
The magical day finally arrived. We loaded up the minivan and headed to...Home Depot. (chopping down your own Christmas tree sounds really romantic and all but I've become much too practical for such nonsense - pay MORE money to do MORE work? no thanks)
And we found her - Our Christmas Tree
A little bigger than Paul was hoping and a little smaller than Noah had envisioned (although I soon had him convinced it was a "Giant!")
A stop at Target for some decorations (because I think we owned about 6**) and then we headed home to decorate, Christmas music blaring. The kids loved every minute of it.
Alex even insisted she put on a "special" outfit to decorate the tree (pink and grey shirt with sky blue capris, I totally get it [???]).
for your viewing pleasure
The Gunn Family Christmas Tree
(A little bottom heavy - like me)
* My Other Limits
- shoveling snow
- unclogging the toilet
** About the 6 Ornaments
Some of my favorite childhood Christmas memories are decorating the Christmas tree with my family. We all looked forward to it. Our tree was not the type with color coordinated decorations. (I didn't even know such a thing existed for quite a long time!) It was just a hodge podge of random things. But those random things all meant something, they all had special memories attached to them. And as we'd unwrap each ornament and hang it on the tree we'd reminisce. This is a tradition I carry on today with my family. Our 6 (or whatever) ornaments are from special events and special places. And we will continue to collect these over the years. Until one day we won't need the sparkly glass balls from Target. Our Christmas Tree won't be matchy-matchy. But it will be full of memories. And I can't imagine a Christmas Tree any other way.