When we were kids, we had the real tree, and decorated. We do the same thing now. Here are a few things I look forward to, when Christmas tree time comes around.
The annual "Is the tree straight" argument.
The smell of pine in the house.
Clogging up the attatchment to the vacuum with pine needles.
Locating the current annual ornament that was purchased sometime that year, and put somewhere we would remember.
Pine cones popping and cracking.
You have to admit, seeing a decorated, lighted Christmas tree, with presents underneath, lifts the spirit.
I imagine once I have kids this will change.
Oh Nick - it will. I was pretty much over decorating in a major way for Christmas until we had kids. Once we had them the fun came back. We love Christmas because we see it through our children's eyes...the excitement and the thrill we have from watching them has brought the magic back for us.
We bought some wire frame reindeer yesterday and a spiral Christmas tree. These, plus some strings of lights are going to be our major outdoor effort. Then, we will put up the artificial tree inside.
I bought some outdoor light up trees and some light up snow men last year at an after Christmas sale...I will add it to our light up presents and light up Christmas garlands...and then there is a tree in the living room and one in the den...one is real (because we have to go cut one down - it's tradition) and then one artificial. I can get it up pretty early in the season and not worry about the dead needles so much.
I love Christmas - for whatever you are celebrating at the time...I think focusing on the "helping others" and backing off on the "buy buy buy" has helped us truly enjoy it more.
We love lighting the tree on the bonfire in the backyard when Christmas is over - it goes up in an instant...it's almost cartoonish it burns so fast!
When Christmas is over, can you chop it down and make furniture out of it?
I tried to help out and put up the outside lights this year and all I got was complaints.
FF- I am pinching that image for the Epic Fail Thread.
We decorated our "live" tree yesterday and put outside decoration and lights
on as well. I like to decorate the tree every year with a new theme and this
year we have lots of colorful butterflies in different sizes haenging, along with gold ribbons.
Luckily, our dog never bothered with the tree or its ornaments and he
wouldn't lift his leg there either - at least I never found a leak around it.
When I was growing up, we kids got to see the decorated Christmas tree
on Christmas Eve for the first time which means the parents take care of
all the decoration. We had a live tree and real candles that burned for a
short time only or as long as my parents nerves could sustain.