Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ho, Ho, Ho?

Pretty much every year except the three when I lived in Japan and one other year when I was all screwed up (in large part due to the baby thing, I guess), I've put up a Christmas tree, and it's usually been done not very long after the start of December. This year we area debating. With the big move from Portland to Tulsa and still having all those boxes and all that clutter in my living room and knowing that Christmas is already just one week away (!), it seems like kind of a hassle to do the tree and the decorations - more "stuff" to unpack and then to pack back up for such a short period of time. So, we are undecided.

I've thought about buying even just a little 3' tabletop tree already lit up, and if I see one for cheap while I'm out and about, I just might do it, but again the thought of one more item that I don't really "need" that will have to be moved next move when still fresh off of this move kind of makes me hesitate. Well, hesitate unless I find the perfect tiny tree at a little bitty price. If the perfect tiny tree doesn't make it's way into my buggy (I've always called them shopping carts, but the other night I heard a guy keep calling it a buggy, which made me giggle because I love it when people call things by different names in different places), we may just put the tree up over the weekend instead of being too lazy. It will be interesting to see what we decide.

Either way, we will be going to see the incredible light display at RHEMA Bible Church (we've driven by, and wow!, but it was too cold to stop, and then we got all that ice, and tonight is rain, so maybe tomorrow, and there will be pictures, definitely), and either way we are together at Christmas. I hoped "the apartness" would end before the start of the new year, and it has, with or without the tree.

Do you decorate for the holidays every year? Has there ever been a year when you didn't due to life stuff?

14 comments:

  1. We almost always put lights in the bushes out front and over the front porch - but not this year. Too cold, too soon. And with all the stuff that's been going on - it's just been too tough. But - next year we'll be back at it, for sure.

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  2. Its funny - I used to decorate to the nines before kids. But then I had more time to work on it. Now I do "the basics" - tree, a few garlands with lights in the house and some knicky-knacky type things. But its pretty subdued. Just so much work to think it'll all get packed away soon enough!

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  3. the first year after my mom passed away, i didn't do christmas. she had so many little things, traditions going, it simply hurt too much. since then, i've picked them up again, and feel happy about it. this year, i wanted to do this differently, quieter, slower, and somehow, with each passing day, the christmas spirit is just creeping in deep, and more things are just happening, it's simply amazing. i guess the 'don't plan anything and everything turns our great' rule is at work at the moment...

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  4. Since I've lived with Bryan the only time we didn't put up a tree was the one year when we were living in a place too small for us let alone a tree. That year also coincided with the deepest depths of my depression so go figure. Otherwise it's up and decorated every year. I say go for it, you'll feel better and there's nothing like a tree to complete the feeling of Christmas.

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  5. I've always put a tree up, even when I lived in Japan. This year, tho, I went and bought a small 3.5 foot tree, already lit and decorated it with small sparking globes of blue, white & silver. I also put candles in the window :-) And last night I found an ornament I have to recollection of buying or receiving in my curio cabinet...weird!

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  6. Just find a way to be happy during the holidays. Christmas is just a day and it doesn't have anything to do with a decorated tree.
    Christmas is a time for a new beginning. Celebrate that you are together again!
    Happy Holidays Friend!!

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  7. I'm a decorating fiend. I have to decorate every year. It just always makes me feel cheerier even when I'm not in the mood.
    But there certainly were times I didn't feel like it, so I completely get where you are coming from.
    I think all that matter this Christmas for you is that you and your honey are together. :)

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  8. While I was travel nursing, I didn't decorate for the holidays much. I had to move every 12-13 weeks, so I tried to keep my stuff to a minimum. But if I found a cheap little $1-$5 tree, I'd buy it and put it up.

    So glad that you'll be together this holiday season!

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  9. We haven't even thought about decorating. Hubby refuses a fake tree; so tomorrow we will go tree hunting. (UGH!)

    But we won't do much; since money is tight and so is time...

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  10. Well, I've never had my own Christmas tree or decorations. I helped decorate a tree once at my very first boyfriend's house. Oh and I stole a small tree once in the middle of the night to help some fraternity pledges decorate for their Christmas party. But that was out of a field of trees, not like a tree that someone had bought yet.

    And no menorah this year cause I think the only place to get them in Belgium might be Antwerp. Maybe Brussels I guess.

    We do have a mezuzah but we have yet to put it up. A lot of our neighbors are muslim, so I'm not sure if it would cause us problems if we put it up.

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  11. Last year I had a lovely tree, and decorations all over the house, but this year, I feel like it's not going to happen. I usually put up my tree the second week of December, and for some reason I did not make it this year. And now it's only one more week before Christmas, and I don't really feel like unpacking it, and packing it again two weeks later. Too much bother! Oh well, there's always next year!

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  12. We used to put up 2 trees and decorate the house all out. The tree in the window was the pretty tree with clear lights and fancy ornaments. The other tree was our fun tree with a more personal touch (think: Snoopy ornaments and tacky red tinsel). The last 2 years we've bailed on the second tree with the fun ornaments and just put our fancy tree in the window. This year, we managed to hang one ornament on the tree (Charlie Brown made it to the fancy tree!). With a 2 year old terror on the loose, we just don't see a reason to lose ornaments to some throwing "accidents." Maybe next year we'll be able to get things back to normal.

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  13. Yes, I decorate every year and it seems to be getting more extravagant (not to be confused with classy or anything, just MORE). I just finished decorating my live tree last night - gong show, I tell ya. Maybe I'll post some pictures of it and our 2 feet of snow on my blog this week :)

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  14. When the tree goes up or comes down is all a matter of what is going on each year, but the tree does always go up. This year, I even put up a 2nd, small tree in the bay window of the living room. Our large tree goes in the great room. Our wreath has been up over the living room fireplace since LAST Christmas! I actually bought one those plastic wreath storage boxes yesterday, so this year it will be put away!

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