Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Crazy Life – December 3, 2011- The “perfect” Christmas tree

Brazilian-christmas-treeImage via Wikipedia
This is not the tree.

            A friend posted on her face book page today that she allowed her two sons to decorate the Christmas tree. She was taking a break and wondering if she should leave it or fix it. I posted that I would leave it. Her post brought back a wonderful memory that I had forgotten.

            Every year I would decorate the “perfect” tree. This one particular year, I let my two daughters decorate the tree. My heart gave me the idea, so how could I not listen. They made a construction paper link train like the ones we made in school as children. They also put a hodgepodge of ornaments on the tree, including the ones they made throughout their school years. It was the most beautiful tree I had ever seen.

            I remember getting a lot of criticism about that tree from the ex-family. Boys can be cruel at times. It also came from them never taking the time to get to know me. I had to fight very hard that year to keep charitable feelings in my heart; looking at that tree brought a lot of peace to me. I haven’t looked at a Christmas tree the same way since. I love my two daughters with all my heart and would love to have that moment that the three of us shared back again.

            We all played Barbie dolls when we were young (even some of you guys.) I have a number of Hallmark Barbie doll ornaments that I just love. I would put them on the Christmas tree, which made my youngest daughter get the vapors. The moment she would come in from school, she would sneak up to the tree and move them all to the back of the tree. Her behavior never gave her away. She could be a sneaky little stinker when it came to moving those ornaments.

            As soon as I noticed, I would move them back to the front and go about my business. She would walk through the den and notice the ornaments were back in the front and she would move them to the back. This would go on and on for the entire Christmas season.

            I am thinking about digging them up and putting them on the tree this year – just to see if she notices. The ornaments will probably be the one thing she will want when I’m dead and gone. Maybe she’ll even hang them on the front of the tree and smile each time she passes.

          I hope you'll join me this holiday season with comments of your own. Next up - the time the girls unwrapped EVERY gift under the tree and kept it a secret until Christmas.


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  1. I think that is a great idea and you need to let us know if she noticed them and also a picture of it when done, it sounds lovely and really unusual.


  2. In my humble opinion, the "perfect" trees are always pretty, but they don't embody the Christmas spirit to me (as cliche as that sounds). Christmas is about celebrating God and family, and unless you infuse that same spirit into your tree, it doesn't feel "right" to me.

    You're absolutely correct--the best trees are the ones the kids put together themselves, the ones where each of the ornaments, while not expensive or especially pretty, are made by hand with the love and care you only get from family.

  3. My mom *never* allowed us to decorate the tree, because it had to be perfect. Of course, she's just mortified that I give my kids free reign to decorate the tree as they please, and I wouldn't have it any other way. :-D


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