Alas.....this year.....I've had a change of mind.This year I am waiting it out. This year the Christmas tree is going to be REAL!
That's me holding Kenzie in 2002. In the background is my fake tree.
Same tree four years later in 2006.
2008. Is it real? No, because it's the same one and still alive in.........
2009! Last year it was 10 years old! (Older than Kenzie!)
Throughout the eighties and most of the nineties we only had a 'real tree.' The aluminum flocked trees of the sixties had left me (and many other boomers) seeking for nature. My children were only going to have a pine -scented real (dead) Christmas tree.
The decades passed and the tradition was in place. No matter how cold it was or how expensive they were, somewere in the middle of December the whole family went out together... after dinner... to find... the perfect tree.
Then around 1999, I found a fake fold out the branches tree on sale at MICHAEL'S. It had hundreds of perfectly spaced white lights.... already attached! My husband was thrilled. No longer would he have to line up the strands searching for the burned out bulbs. No more dragging it to the curb and picking up crisy brown pine needles off the carpet. He was happy to be out of the game.
November 28th, 2010 ....and I don't have one single ornament hanging.
This could be fun. My plan is to wait maybe tens days or so ....then... boom....really get into the season. Hot chocolate ... go hunting for a tree....strand the lights.....hang the ornaments and bring back the long lost tradition... all the way to filling the stand with real water. (Do you really add sugar?)
Can you smell the pine?
These complex and busy days are a call back to simple times.
Happy weeks ahead.... to all....
Brody last December. He was 15 months.