O, Christmas Tree

All the left-overs are long gone, and I’m emerging from my status of missing in action for the last week or so.  I won’t bore you with the details–everyone has that list from time to time that keeps them busy with life.

The weekend after Thanksgiving is when our Christmas decorations explode across the house.

Maybe not, explode.  Two rooms and the front yard, tops.

The girls have finally gotten to the ages when they can take over putting all the decorations on the tree.  Together.  Just the two of them.  Without supervision.  Without mediation.

With some mediation and several breaks from each other.

“What were you thinking about?”

Every year, they pick two (or three) ornaments that they love.  These ornaments usually represent something they experienced or loved during the year.  For both of them, the tempation to buy the Lego Darth Vader was strong within them.  But they resisted the dark side.

Daughter 2 picked polar bears, penguins, and kittens.  There are two series of ornaments that she’s collecting.  Daughter 1 picked the puppy and horse that go with her two series.  She also picked something else.  It makes a geek mom proud.

If the store had the Hulk, she would have picked him.  I was surprised that she passed up Thor and Darth Vader.  I wasn’t surprised that she ignored Spider-Man (even though it crushed me on the inside).

She picked the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man from Ghostbusters.  He hangs with a Santa looking over him to keep him out of trouble.  I hope no one pushes the button on his side too often.  I can hear the theme song to the movie only so many times before I go crazy.  🙂

The girls decorated the tree.  They took breaks when the older one sensed that they might kill each other over pre-lighted bough territory.  After all, the carousel animal ornaments must hang on the same side of the tree.  Together.  In the same place.

*eye twitch*

Ahem.  The tree is beautiful, because my girls decorated it together.  I just put on the little ornaments at the top where neither can reach.

Speaking of the top, I have no tree topper.  I just can’t find one that I like.  My tree is topperless for the second year in a row.  I hate to even admit that my tree is topperless.  It is.  Do I want to replace the pitiful angel that used to be the topper?  Or, do I want a star?  There are too many choices out there. (Maybe I’m too picky or frugal or something.)

The rest of the ornaments are a mix from my husband’s childhood and things I’ve collected from trips we’ve taken.  There are also some antique, handmade ornaments that my grandmother used to hang on her tree.  It’s an ecclectic tree, but we think it’s beautiful.

When do you decorate for the holidays? Do you have any special decorations or traditions? 

For ROW80, I haven’t checked in for at least a week.  Sigh.  Here’s where I am:

  • I have a list of plot holes in my MG WIP.  I’m going to fill them in now.  I want to have the first draft finished by the first week of December.
  • The back garden is planted with carrots, spinach, kale, lettuce, and onion seeds. A few radish seeds are mixed with the carrots so I know where those rows are.
  • Get back into my size-smaller jeans. I miss them. I worked too hard to get into them in the first place.
  • I started my sweet potato slips. Only one piece is growing. I had to throw out the other pieces. More to come.
  • Catch up on blogging class!

8 thoughts on “O, Christmas Tree

  1. Kristie Zubko

    Brandon (13) and Ty (11) decorated our tree this year. As soon as it was up (all their favorite ornaments shoved on top of each other and in the dead center of the tree) the train running along the bottom, the candy canes eaten and the Home Alone movie over. They dashed outside to the park leaving me alone with the tree……I rearranged everything! Nice thing about boys, they never noticed a thing. heehee
    (Our topper, a giant bow)

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      I would be in big trouble if I rearranged anything on our tree. Gram has already gotten a grand tour of the ornaments and why they are in the places that they are. Not kidding! Girls!

      A bow is a great idea! I’ll have to see what I can find. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  2. Debra Kristi

    I love this post. Oh, and can I relate. I knew where the line was going when Spiderman came up. I’m sorry. But hey! Give your little girl a HUGE hug from me and mine. 😉 My kids have been picking out special ornaments for several years now as well. I think a trip to the Disney store is coming as we can’t find what my little girl wants this year and my boy’s is being ordered on-line. When did they get so difficult? We have a fun collection of superhero’s, movie paraphernalia, and all kinds of things. Each kid has their own box that everything goes into at the end of the season. They hang their own so that if they break it, they break their own. Now you might think this is crazy, but I have a 7 ft. thin tree that is all theirs. They can decorate it anyway they see fit. That’s were all their ornaments go.

    That leaves the main tree in my control – mostly. I stick to a color theme and the tree is decorated in ornaments collected from places we have visited throughout the years, so it’s full of memories. My youngest often wants to help and tries to sneak pink ornaments in. It’s cute. Because we’ve been gone nothing has happened at our house yet. The tree was set up and not all the lights worked. I really didn’t feel like dealing with it so there it sits – waiting. This is the cats first Christmas so she is having a ball getting to know the tree. Should be fun.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      Yeah, I’m pretty sad about the Spider-Man thing. Would you believe that I haven’t gotten myself one–ever. I haven’t seen the right one, I guess. It’s fun to see what the kids decide to pick, especially at this age when they are mostly unpredicable. Our tree is like your two trees. It’s not crazy at all to have two trees. My mom did that with us. I’d do it, too, if I had the room.

      You still have time. Dealing with the lights is no fun though. Good luck with that. I hope the cat doesn’t think it’s all for her when the ornaments are hung. 😉

  3. Pauline Baird Jones

    My mom used to talk about decorating the tree with all of us kids and now that we’re empty nesters, I understand. I bought a small tree this year, because it is all DIY! There is nothing quite as magical as a tree decorated by kids. 🙂

  4. Julie Glover

    We were topper-less for our Christmas tree for 3-4 years because I was picky. I finally found a star I really liked. Good luck with that!

    Best wishes with your MG WIP! I’m also hoping to get back into my smaller jeans…someday soon.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s picky about the topper!

      Thanks for the good wishes. If I don’t get that draft finished soon, I may never see my TBR fiction book pile again. The jeans are a must…too cute not to wear them!


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