Naked Christmas Tree
I’ve always been a person who puts my Christmas tree and Christmas decorations up on December 1, and takes everything down before the start of the next year – meaning Christmas decorations are out for 1 month, and 1 month only.
But, I have to admit something….
In amongst all the happy toddler Christmas moments that are unfolding around us this year, there are no Christmas decorations out in our house and our Christmas tree is still not decorated!
We always put up a real tree, but since we were travelling in early December we didn’t get our tree until after we got home. So, our tree went up on Monday, December 11. Then, our tree had to “settle” – it’s cold here, which means the tree is bundled up and frozen. It needs time for the branches to fall back down into a real tree shape. So, we always wait 24 hours before decorating.
Well, 24 hours later I was away with work. I did manage to bring up 1 box of Christmas tree ornaments, but that’s as far as I made it before I had to leave. Then yesterday, we had swimming and before we knew it, it was Little MPB’s bedtime. And at the sight of a giant mess of Christmas tree lights, I gave up. And now tonight I’m at another meeting. And tomorrow night Mr. MPB is at a meeting (who schedules a legit meeting on a Friday evening?). Which means at the earliest our tree will be decorated on December 16.
Of course, we could decorate the tree after Little MPB goes to bed, but where is the fun in that? I’d much prefer to have the bottom 2 feet of the tree decorated according to Little MPB’s preferences.
And as for decorations, Little MPB has opened the box of Christmas decorations because he had to investigate the box and now we have red, white and silver Christmas balls all over our kitchen floor, and I’m not sure that I consider these tripping hazards actual Christmas decorations. So, we have not brought any real decorations out of storage. None! Nothing! Nada!
And, in the interest of being completely honest, I’m slightly worried that this year we may just have a naked tree up in our living room and random Christmas balls on our kitchen floor! Little MPB is enjoying the tree as it is – he loves putting the needles back on the tree, and he finds it fun to run around – maybe we don’t need decorations? Mr. MPB and I are clearly busy managing our chaotic schedules and decorating just hasn’t made our list of priorities yet. And, know me, soon enough I’m just not going to see the point to putting in all the effort just to take everything down a week later.
But something tells me I’ll forever regret Christmas morning photos with a naked tree…so I’d better get my act together!
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