Matt surprised me tonight by suggesting we get a real tree. For clarification purposes, we always get a real tree, but this year since we're in limbo we'd talked about getting a tiny desktop version. It'd still be real, because I think it's against Fountain Green blood to consider anything else, but we'd just have our own version of a Charlie Brown tree.
With that in mind, our children and I shopped for minimal ornaments since ours are still in storage. We came home with small candy canes and 12 silver bells from the dollar store. When Matt came home we headed to the tree lot for a tree. It was so, so cold, and especially so since none of us have coats (in storage, is anyone tired of this sad song, or offering me a small violin;)), we're just hanging out in our matching sweatshirts (Matt bought them for us and presented them to us when we arrived here in October, thank heavens for that). But for the peninsula area we've heard it is really cold, even for them.
Anyway ... Matt walks up to a 5 foot tree and says, "how 'bout this one?" I was astounded, until I remembered I'm married to Mr. Christmas. Matt loves Christmas so much and I'm so grateful, because I love Christmas too but don't think to do all of the fun little traditional things: make gingerbread men, homemade ornaments i.e. popcorn and cranberry strings, and he does.
So off we went with our tree, new tree stand, two boxes of lights (good thing I'm not married to my brother who puts something like 13 strands on one tree), a star, icicles, and small ball ornaments. Looks like I'll be selling a few Christmas things on eBay in the spring, or taking a donation trip, since we have all of that already:). But I'm happy that we did it. (P.S. we did hold off on another tree skirt and figured a towel or two, neatly draped will do the job quite nicely.) All in all, a $42 investment that equals one of those priceless moments from the commercials, especially when Sophie kissed me and said after it was decorated, "oh, it's so beautiful!" I love how dramatic our little 2 1/2 year old is becoming:).
So it's official ... we DO have a Christmas tree in our cute little temporary house! And I will be hanging $1 stockings from the mantle to boot. I toyed with the idea of actually hanging socks, but figured that might look funny, especially when my visiting teachers come;).
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