11/28/09

The Christmas Chronicles...Day 2

Traditionally, we put up all our decorations, inside and out, on the Friday after Thanksgiving (one year we waited a week and Kaitlin went into a tailspin) so yesterday we started and we finished up this afternoon by decorating our ONE tree.

I write ONE because a few years ago, we had no less than 6 decorated trees in our house...that was also the year I left one of the kids in the church nursery and didn't realize she wasn't in the car until I pulled into the driveway at home (that might also explain the decorating tailspin).

But we always start with our Nativity scene which Mark and his mother made together when he was a young boy...Taryn puts it out each year in our family room...under armed guard and my constant hovering...

"careful, Taryn...the middle wiseman looks like he's standing on one leg...where's the donkey's ear? what happened to the donkey's ear? ok, who glued the donkey's ear on backwards?...careful, Taryn...the little drummer boy is drumming sideways..."

I've got to give it to her though, she's a trooper. Each year she's right there, willing to put up with my babbling for 20 minutes about how the camels should be facing east...

And then we get to the family tree. Christmas trees can be tricky...I used to try something new each year with our family tree but they never seemed to work out...the theme tree (I tried that once with an all snowman tree... I couldn't keep it from melting and shorting out the lights)...the all-one-color tree (the Grinch green tree I put up made everyone nauseous)...the skinny tree (I resented it)...the upside down tree (every time I went into the family room, I felt the need to walk scrunched over with my arms out for balance).

We've had live trees and artificial ones too. We've bought them at grocery stores and in parking lots. We've cut them down at Christmas tree farms and once inherited a 1960's model from Mark's parents. We've gotten a few half off on the day after Christmas sale and we've had one that cost more than our presents that particular year. (I didn't hear the guy in the flannel hat with the toothpick in his mouth correctly...I thought he said $65, not $25...and he apparently thought the extra $40 I handed him was a tip)

We've had multi colored lights, all white lights, all red lights, all blue lights...one year I spent 2 days stringing real popcorn with a yarn needle and thread...glitter garland, beaded garland, no garland...silver tinsel, tinsel so long the girls wore it around the house as a wig, and tinsel we've extracted from the cat (trust me, you don't want to know). You name it, we've probably decorated with it...(although we did throw the cat tinsel in the trash)

Naturally, our family tree has had different ornaments throughout the years. Mostly our tree is decorated with ornaments the kids have made at school and church, ones with their names and the year on them, the special ones from family and friends...

and then there is the newest ornament to adorn our family tree, one that Kaitlin brought home this week...

it's a grizzly bear with a salmon in its mouth...

yes, I know...everyone is going to want one now, but I'm sorry...that special place where she purchased this gem will have to stay a family secret...for now.

coming up...our outside decor

1 comment:

"Virtuous Wannabe" said...

Can't wait to see the other decorations. Also, love the grizzly bear ornament. Sounds like you had a great time.....Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year for this reason, just getting with family (and of course the eating part).