Last night Heather, Aaron and I put up our Christmas tree. We walked a couple of blocks from the house to pick out a tree at a local garden shop. We’ve been getting our tree from them for years so it’s sort of become a tradition. After spending 20 minutes or so searching through all sorts and shapes of trees, we finally picked one up. (and at only $28.99, I think we did darn good!) Aaron threw it over his shoulders (he’s over 6′ tall and a big guy), and we walked home.
We’re tight on space so we picked out a smaller tree but didn’t it turn out beautiful? We have a zillion ornaments so we were not able to put them all on the tree. Instead, we got to pick and choose those special ornaments that mean the most to us. If you look almost center of the tree, you can see a teardrop shaped ornament that looks a little like a flag. Years ago I had purchased a bunch of “American Flag” style ornaments but nobody liked them and we never put them on the tree. This year Heather suggested we put one on in celebration of Obama getting elected. I thought that was a great idea and felt slightly vindicated for buying them all those years ago.
Although there are no more children running around my house, I still find Christmas to be a wonderfully magical time. Yes, I know it can be crazy and yes, I know it can get stressful and yes, I know that sometimes the gift giving can get out of hand BUT all you need to do is keep it in perspective. Enjoy what you have and don’t worry about what you can or cannot give. Life’s too short to not enjoy the love that this holiday season can bring.
Special Note: If you look closely at the bottom of the second picture, you can see part of Sissy in the middle and a little bit of Dave’s ear on the right side.