Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Christmas Tree {A Novel}

Today, on December 12th of 2013, our Christmas tree is finally standing upright, fully decorated, with only a slight lean to the left. {I think, or at least I'm hoping, that the slight lean isn't too apparent until I point it out to you. Yup, I know you just scrolled up to look again and there's definitely a little lean there, isn't there?} We have struggled this year with our tree. Like whatever could possibly go wrong to postpone the decorating of the tree, has gone wrong. First of all, Parker coaches hockey, which means that I literally had to write in my planner "Christmas Tree" in order for us to plan a night to do the tree together. The night it was planned for? Last Tuesday, the 3rd. That night, the tree stand broke as he was putting the tree together. So our tree basically looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa finally tipped over as gravity sent our tree falling to the ground. Needless to say, instead of decorating the tree that night, Parker spent an hour and a half building a new tree stand.

Bless his little not-very-handy heart, we went to decorate the tree the next night (Wednesday, the 4th) and his DIY tree stand failed. I was telling a guy at work about this the next day so he actually fixed our original tree stand for us last Thursday; however, we were out of town until this Tuesday so our tree continued to stand green and naked in the living room. You'd think that my sad, pathetic story is over but it's not!

Throughout all of this Christmas tree drama, do you think that I once plugged in our 3-year-old Christmas lights to make sure they work? Of course I didn't! So this Tuesday, the 10th, we went to decorate the tree again, and half of our lights wouldn't light up! {I'm getting all worked up again just thinking about this!} Ok, I told myself, that's ok because I'll just buy another string of lights the next day. At this point, how much do I need a decorated tree anyway? I didn't realize my tree is more needy than a 16-year-old girl in love with her boyfriend. So yesterday, I bought a new string of lights and Parker started putting them on after work in the 2-hour window he had before he needed to be at hockey practice. THE LIGHTS DIDN'T FLIPPING MATCH!!! Yes, all caps, bold, and italicized! So I tore off the lights, burned the tree, said eff you tree, and poured a glass of wine.

No. I actually didn't. We made do with the 2 strings of white lights that we did have and tried to mix in the 2 strings of large colored lights that we normally use around the windows. It looked pretty sad and pathetic (especially including the slight lean) until we got our ornaments on. Since Parker had hockey I did the ornaments myself, but left the candy canes and Santa hat tree topper for him to finish (and he just did, as I type). So our tree is finally complete, 12 days before Christmas.

There are no hard feelings, because I love our tree way too much. And my new positive attitude thinks that the slight lean adds character. Plus we're lucky to have a nice tree to decorate, full of beautiful ornaments, and surrounded by presents underneath.

These are some of my favorite ornaments: {Laura Beth shared her favorite ornaments earlier this week so I'm stealing this idea from her because I loved it. And I want to be like her :)}

The happiness that shoes give me is indescribable.

I'm a dancer at heart.

What I would assume is one of my hubby's favorites.

I think I got this ornament sometime around 3rd grade.
It's actually a bell so it jingles - I loved it so much I brought it for show & tell that year.

Santa's reindeer: Dancer. {My absolute favorite.}

I'm glad I got that off my chest. I feel much better now. Maybe this whole blogging thing is a little therapeautic.


  1. Your tree is beautiful and i love the shoe!

  2. Ha, I totally scrolled back up to see the tilt and you know, I can't really tell it is leaning. And who cares because it looks awesome!

  3. Oh my goodness! You poor thing! It looks beautiful even though it is only 12 days till Christmas. Wait, it's only 12 days till Christmas?!?! Oh no! Anyway, I am glad you finally got the tree up. It looks great!

  4. Doesnt' matter how long it took to get your tree up! It's up and it looks awesome.

  5. The best laid plans of mice and men....enough said!
    Ta-Da! It is finally Christmas season - Sam got her Christmas tree decorated:) Nice work!

  6. It looks beautiful despite the speed bumps! :)

  7. So cute! I love hearing about everyone's Christmas traditions!


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