The Second Day of Christmas
The day after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, I always go do the insane shopping thing, but that's not my favorite part. I love that by the time I get home, Joel has usually dragged up my Christmas bins and we can start to set up the tree.
Yes. My tree is fake. I am sorry to all of you who prefer the real kind. I like fake because they are cheaper (this is year number 11 for this tree and I only paid 30 bucks for it), more convenient (no traipsing around in the snow to chop one down, although I appreciate many people love that)(also no figuring out how to get it home from a Christmas tree lot), and more consistent (I never have to figure out how to hide bare spots, for instance). I actually bought it on my first ever Black Friday early morning shopping excursion the first year we were married. We were poor students, but I didn't want to give up having a beautiful tree, so I got up at the crack of dawn to get one. We made some ornaments that year (glass balls stuffed with pretty potpourri) and I bought as many as I could afford. My mom (who loves decorating beautiful trees as much as I do) bought me several things for the tree as well--like the angel that still sits on top of the tree.
While the glass potpourri ornaments are long gone, thanks to baby fingers and the linoleum floors of ASU student housing, I still have some of the first ornaments I put on that tree. I've kept the same basic red and gold color scheme over the years and have added new things each year, and retired a few that are just, well--tired.
This year, my tree is the most beautiful it's ever been, I think. I just love it. Thanks to a certain squirrel, I couldn't even buy new ornaments, but my wonderful mother sent me a few this summer that she got somewhere on clearance and I decided that the papier mache ornaments I made for Thanksgiving would fit in with everything else beautifully. And they do.
The trick to having a gorgeous Christmas tree is to treat it like a giant flower arrangement. I have lots of poinsettias just stuck into the branches, as well as other floral decorating picks: Berries and tons of those glittery twirly twig thingies. My tree looks decadent, but I really have never spent all that much money on it, and I love putting it all together every year. I never get sick of it..
And don't worry. I don't hide all of my children's handmade ornaments on the back...they have their own little tree that those go on. And they love helping to decorate both trees.
Although, by next year, we're going to have to get them a bigger tree.