We got our Christmas tree! Phil strung the lights after church today, and then we put up a whoppping three ornaments, because it's all about pacing yourself. And this time of year, I'm always saying...three ornaments a day keeps the tree decorating stress away.
Oh, I kid. I don't really say that. And truth be told, there was a lot of sneezing and coughing and cleaning and last minute shopping going on around here today, so Tuesday night will be Christmas Tree Decorating Night 2010.
Location? The family room.
When I was seven years old, we moved into the house we live in now. It was an upgrade from a tiny house with just a family room, to a bigger one with a family room and a living room. And, so began the "where shall we put the Christmas tree?" discussion. My dad's vote was for the family room. The fireplace is in the family room, so Santa could just slide down the chimney and conveniently emerge right in front of the tree, ready to distribute mountains of gifts to the best behaved children in all the land. Plus, that's where we spent most of our time. Unfortunately, my mom's vote was for the living room. It's in the front of the house, and while we hardly ever spent time in the living room, my mom thought the tree would look so pretty in the big front windows. Whenever we vote for things around here, my mom always says her vote counts twice. And so, the tree went in the living room.
The first year it was in the living room, my brother and I were so worried that when Santa slid down the chimney, he wouldn't be able to find the tree, and then where oh where would he deposit that mountain of gifts for the best children in all the land?! Because of our great concern, we left Santa a little note explaining the location change. And, if I remember correctly, Phil even drew a map for the jolly old man. And would you believe that Santa found that tree? It was a Christmas miracle.
We displayed the tree in the living room for a long time, but two or three years ago, my dad put his yuletide foot down, and since then, we have been putting the tree in the family room. Still, my mom just wasn't okay with the idea of not having any sort of Christmasy foliage in the living room, so a few years ago she went out and bought this little guy.