So far everything about Christmas has been really easy. It may be going a little slowly, but its been without any major consternation. Maybe it’s the extra few days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Or maybe I’m just more relaxed. Haven’t bought any presents yet. And haven’t told anyone what I want. Mostly because I don’t know what I want. For Christmas or anything else.
But I’ve decorated the house with lights and blow molds. And I’ve gotten a nice fresh tree. Getting the tree was easy. And decorating it was too. One part of me wants to think, “what disaster is waiting for me around the corner?” Another part of me wants to say, “lucky you, dude, this easy life is your new normal!!” I’m sticking with the new normal for now.
Putting the lights on the tree is usually a nightmare. Untangle the strings of lights. Plug them in to make sure they work. Replace bulbs, or strings. Then figure our how to get them all on to the tree.
This year I’m using a different tree stand. It’s a big flat bottomed bowl with a six inch spike sticking up form the bottom. After you drill a hole into the tree trunk it just slides onto the spike and rests peacefully. Or that’s the plan.
I’ve been told to make a fresh cut on the trunk before I put it into the stand. I was afraid that such a move would shorten the hole too much to make the spike work as intended. Thinking that I just cut the tree that day, I decided not to make another cut. Its still fresh and will drink water with great thirst.
So, I slid the tree onto the spike and stood the whole thing up. After chopping about a foot off of the very top, it was perfect. Yay!
We always do two trees at my house. A live and colorful one for he family, and a more elegant, fake tree with white lights. I used to call that the neighborhood tree since it sat in the picture window at the front of the house for passersby to admire. In my new house the re are no passersby, and the tree is in the family room. So its now called the angel tree as it is festooned with ceramic angels.
This year we added a new stand for this white tree. It makes the whole tree rotate. So ever so slowly, the tree spins round and round. I looked at that and thought about the other tree. Maybe I can put the strands of lights on it by just holding the lights and spinning the tree!
Yes, that actually will work. I tried it. But I like to put the lights deep into the tree to give it a real sense of depth so this easy method wouldn’t really work for me. It did come in handy a few times though. The lights were so easy! And beautiful.
And then the ornaments. We have literally thousands of ornaments. All different and gathered from around the world. Or handmade by my children. Some of them I like more than others and this year I decided that I didn’t have to put every single one of them on the tree. I like it to be full, but several hundred would suffice.
There are paper things, cloth things, and wooden things. Shiny things made of metal and glass. Pictures and pottery. There is even an old tennis shoe! And each one conjures up a memory of something.
Lots of room on the tree. Lots of ornaments to hang. It took a couple of days because I could only work on it an hour or so at a time, but I think it may be finished. I can always tweak it. But each memory is carefully placed on the branches of the tree offering my family, and our guests, an opportunity to review our lives. And o rejoice in the spirit of Christmas. Its so easy!
That’s part of my story. What’s yours?