Merry Christmas Eve
by Karla ° Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I love Christmas. So much in fact, that this year we decided it was time to add another Christmas tree to our holiday décor. That way, whether we were hanging out in the living room or the family room, we wouldn’t miss out on the shimmer and glow of an intrusively large and out of place tree INSIDE OUR HOME. Also, over the years, our old tree seems to have to developed a bit of a lean that we can’t seem to remedy and we sort of thought that if we put the older tree in the family room, no one would even notice our leaning tower of treesa because they would be too busy trying not to stub their toe as they waded through the mountain of florescent plastic toys.

You know, if you think about it, the tradition of a Christmas tree must have totally originated from a some drunk in Bethlehem who was all, “I’m just going to go ahead and decorate this here tree for Jesus.” Because what newborn doesn’t want a life-sized tree covered in delicate glass balls hanging from fish hooks?

Heading to Costco in search of Christmas tree number two, we found a really nice 7.5’ pre-lit tree for $169.99. Thinking that was pretty cheap compared to most other stores, we just sort of shrugged our shoulders and said a silent, totally non-denominational prayer that we now finally own a vehicle large enough to fit it in.

We put our tree up in late November, so the day after Nate’s pre-birthday Birthday party, we decided to haul out all the Christmas decorations. We wanted to make a big deal out of it all for Nate, because you know, he’s only two, but it’s all supposed to be fun for the kids, right? He alternated between helping Mark set up our new tree and helping me organize metallic jewel-toned ornaments still lingering with a hint of last year’s cranberry scent.

It was all so much fun, it really was. Seeing Christmas through the eyes a child chalked full of unassuming splendour is such a trip. Everything about it: the life-loving smile, the squeals of delight, the rustle of giggles. Well, everything except for the part where we plugged our new pre-lit tree in and it started to smoke. Yeah, that part? Not so fun.

That all sort of a put a damper on the whole double tree thing and we decided to just stick with what we knew worked and set up our faithful old leaning tower of treesa. And you know, at the end of the day, despite that tree’s imperfections, I have a sneaking suspicion that Nate still thinks it is 30 feet tall and the most grand and sparkly and brilliant tree ever. But not because this is where we’ve been spending most of our family time together, or where we eat still warm from the oven chocolate chip cookies. No, he just loves this tree because the floor underneath it is covered in PRESENTS!

Wishing you and yours beautiful moments, the warmth of the holiday season, and memories to wrap you in joy this holiday season.


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to you and your crew, too....
Posted by Anonymous deb :  December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Karla ~ hope that You, Mark and Nate have a wonderful time!!
Love and big hugs Tabitha XXXXX
Posted by Blogger Tabitha :  December 24, 2008

Have a great Christmas with your faithful old tree.

Merry Christmas Karla. I hope it's as beautiful as you are inside and out! With love from Ohio.
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 25, 2008

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Hope Santa brought you all lots and lots of goodies too!!
Amanda x
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  December 25, 2008

Same to you and your beautiful family!
Posted by Anonymous Hilary :  December 29, 2008

Wishing you all the very best for 2009!
Amanda x
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  December 31, 2008

Hi Karla ~ just popped over to wish you, Mark and Nate a very happy new year ~ hope 2009 brings you lots of love, luck and happiness.
Love and hugs Tabitha XXXX
Posted by Blogger Tabitha :  December 31, 2008

Think Charlie Brown Christmas
Posted by Anonymous Barclay :  December 31, 2008


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