Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas is coming!

We "put up Christmas" this week. Before we started, I lamented the


The four of us used to go and cut down our own tree. Deciding which one to buy would be a big deal. As we trudged through the snow, Paul would hang his stocking cap on a tree we liked so we wouldn't lose it as we continued our search. It would be a fun afternoon. We switched to artificial trees when we no longer were able to go together as a family. When we would decorate the house, the kids would insist on listening to "Goofy's Christmas" cd every year. I would always say, "No, not that one!" But they would persist! And, they would argue about which decorations they would get to hang on the tree. The honor of placing the angel on the top was decided by odd or even years, just to be fair. I came to the decision the process was way more meaningful to me than the product. So, why bother? Which caused Paul to call me


and that jolted me back to reality. So, we put on Christmas music (sorry kids, not that Disney one) and got out all of the stuff. We had fun, talking about the memories while we worked. That night, when we turned on the lights,


I was glad Paul had persisted.


Everything went right where it belonged, so when they come home, it will be as they remembered.


And now we wait


for their arrival!

6 comments:

qwerkyqook said...

I think the nativity scene might need some rearranging.

B and B said...

But that is your job. And, I know exactly what you are going to do!

Abby said...

Looks gorgeous, Barb!!

I have to say I enjoy decorating for Christmas. But I'm not sure when that will happen this year since we are moving next weekend....

I have been playing Christmas music at the house while packing boxes, but it just doens't feel "right"...being it's 82 degrees outside

Marlys said...

I felt the same way this year, Barb! But Paul brought up the tree and after I put it up, I caught the Christmas spirit! I wasn't even going to bake this year, but found myself making a grocery list and decided what to make. I am cutting down, but at least I'm in the spirit! Being the kids were home for Thanksgiving, they won't be for Christmas, so that was why I decided, "Why bother?" Glad I changed my mind.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Looks beautiful! I put my tree up last Sunday because I had friends coming over to decorate gingerbread houses on Tuesday. Otherwise I might have held off! Truth be told, I don't 'enjoy' decorating it, but I love how it looks when it is up! My best friend Brooke usually decorates my tree for me but this year it didnt' work out for her to come over so I was on my own!

mary beth said...

This post belongs in an Ideals magazine or something similar...beautiful. My Christmas tree is still in the attic, in its box, the temps have dropped over 20 degrees from last week, so it feels more like the season, I guess I better not be so......Grinchy...