Oh, Christmas Tree!

Happy Fall, Y’ALL!

I had the best of intentions of writing earlier, but things have been kinda crazy around here…
I was going to post about Veteran’s Day…
I was going to post about the gorgeous fall leaves…
I was going to post an open letter to the lovely family who bought our house in Pennsylvania…
I was going to post about our trip to see the Radio City Rockettes in Nashville…
I was going to post about Thanksgiving and how thankful I am for Cracker Barrel…

But, I didn’t.

So, now, we are heading into December and my Christmas tree died last weekend…a full month before Christmas.

Now, don’t feel too bad for my tree, it was never alive.

When I was growing up I have memories of traipsing around freezing Christmas tree farms searching hither and yon for the perfect tree! My Daddy or Bubba would either chop it down or dig it up, we would take it home and then have to cut half of it off so it would fit.

You know that scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?

It looked a lot like that!

Our tree always looked beautiful! It was decorated by theme – usually gingham and red velvet bows, teddy bears and red glass balls.

Today, I am rather obsessive about my our Christmas tree! I try to put it up on the day after Thanksgiving. We don’t haul the kids to the tree farm (asthma and evergreens do not mix well), I haul the tree out of the basement and methodically stretch the wire branches into shape.

A few years ago, the Ranger surprised me with a pre-lit tree! I was sooo STINKIN’ excited! I am that person who will sit, year after year, taking my lights off the tree and putting them back onto the original packaging before storing it away for the year…that takes FOREVER, but sometimes my OCD over rules logic!

I have spent the past couple of years trying to loosen up when it comes to decorating my our tree. I have trouble sharing the decorating with my kids. The Ranger learned long ago it is best to back up and let me work. These days I have to share. I have to let the girls put their ornaments on the tree. I get to do the lights, the beads, the angel and some of the more delicate ornaments and the candy canes. I also get to “suggest” locations for placing ornaments.

So, this year I pulled up the tree, plugged it in, and this is what it looked like.

Tree 10 - retouched

Not quite what I had pictured. This is the type of scene I had pictured.

Rockettes 2011 - retouched

So, luckily we have a big box store in Middle-of-Nowhere, TN! We went out and found a new tree in the “Holiday Department” (without lights) and brought it home. I opened the box and realized that there I needed a map to construct this tree. This worked out well, ‘cuz I’m a directions reader! I managed to get the tree set up (with Baby’s help).

Tree 7- retouched

We added the lights, ornaments, etc.

Tree 3 - retouched

And I have to admit, it does look pretty good (if I do say so myself!)…

Tree 1 - retouched

Now, because they’re cute and they were the only pictures I was able to take at the Rockettes, here are my girls:

Big Rockettes 2011 - retouched

Baby Rockettes 2011 - retouched

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