Wednesday, December 3
Trimming The Tree
My favorite part of the holiday season, though, is the Saturday/Sunday after Thanksgiving because that is when we trim our tree.
I've always had a fake tree, and I think we probably always will. Not because fake trees are more beautiful (they aren't) or because we're too lazy to go cut down our own (because I think that would be fun), but because it's just the way we've always done it - on RadioMan's side of the family and my own.
What I love most about decorating are the memories that come up as we're pulling the ornaments out of the box. There is the little brown-faced pea in the peapod that my sister gave bebe on her first Christmas. There is the fired-clay wood-sided station wagon with a tree on top that I picked out a couple of years pre-bebe for RadioMan and i. There is the hot-pink glitter-covered star that bebe chose to be our tree topper when she was 3 and our old angel lost it's head (literally, I hope we don't get holiday points off for losing the angel's head). The string of extra lights that we don't really need but that we always find a place for...and remember going store-to-store on December 23rd because one of our existing strings died. There are handmade ornaments and store bought treats. There isn't popcorn because we don't understand why anyone would waste good popcorn that way, but there is a pickle (don't ask).
Mostly, though, there are memories. Some I don't completely remember, but when I see the
ornament, I get that warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy.
There are a few presents under the tree already, and more will come as the season progresses...but the biggest gift, the one I look forward to most every year is already here...with the ornaments on the tree.