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Deck the halls [Dec. 10th, 2006|11:35 pm]

Day bazillion. Still sick. But I did find some heavy-duty prescription cough syrup in the back of the medicine cabinet, which means I haven't coughed hardly at all today. It also means I haven't stood up hardly at all today. But we did manage to get to the grocery store to restock the basics, and to Sam's to pick up a Christmas present and a slice of pepperoni pizza for The Boy, who thinks Sam's pizza is about the best thing ever.

We also got the Christmas stuff down from the attic (no possums in sight, although their memory lingers in the air up there, if you catch my meaning). So now the wreath is on the front door, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and the tree is up. Sort of. I spent a good half hour fluffing it, which resulted in large whelps on my hands and wrists (from dust, I suppose, although it didn't look dusty at all). Husband strung the lights, and we let The Boy hang a few ornaments before Middle Daughter came home. 

I didn't want to hang all the ornaments until she arrived, because all evidence to the contrary, I still delude myself into thinking my children actually enjoy decorating the tree.  You would think, after all these years, I'd get it. My children view decorating the tree as work. Work that they are perfectly happy to let someone else do. Oh, they start out enthusiastically enough, but after about three ornaments, they're already starting to wander off in search of something more interesting.

When I was growing up, I loved decorating the tree. I loved getting out the ornaments. I had a system, where I'd hang each one at the height I was when I made it. Certain ornaments hung in certain places of honor each year. I still remember the year I ran over to a friend's while my dad was still hanging the lights, only to come home and find the tree already decorated. I sobbed for hours. 

My children do not share my love of tradition, and they certainly haven't inherited my nearly insane sentimentality about random objects. I suppose that isn't entirely a bad thing. I mean, they aren't ever going to freak out if no one makes a red velvet cake one year, or if the socks they wore on the first day of school end up in the goodwill box.

So anyway, about half the ornaments are on the tree, and we still need to set up the nativity, polar bear and all. But at least it's beginning to look like Christmas.


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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-12-12 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the soup! I'm hoping we'll all be better by Christmas.
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[User Picture]From: julzlady
2006-12-11 08:13 am (UTC)
I lucked out on the kids-loving-to-decorate-the-tree front.

Which was amusing this year, when my poor mother set up her tree and started decorating it, much to the boys' dismay. "But where are OUR ornaments?"

So she said, "It's your tree, too, you can put ornaments on."

Then she spent a couple of hours coaching them on distributing the decorations evenly and resisting the urge to redo their decorating.

Then she got to listen to me whine about the fact that she'd discarded a bunch of cheesy but enormously sentimentally important ornaments I remember vividly from my childhood (a series of balls with "The Night Before Christmas" scenes and verses on them).

But the boys made me feel better by being deeply interested in my memory of making the ceramic Christmas tree ornament I painted when I was in preschool. Then they fought over who'd get to hang it on the tree. :)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2006-12-12 12:58 pm (UTC)
I love your boys sooooo much.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-11 03:02 pm (UTC)

From Skipper

Our daughter, who is almost 40 and has a family of her own, wants us to decorate our tree with the old ornaments and lights that we used when she was a child. We thought that was interesting.

My wife looked out in the back yard Friday morning and saw a buzzard! eating a died possum! She got a picture of the buzzard on the fence. There was nothing left of the possum when we got back from Bastrop.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-11 10:18 pm (UTC)
I wish the girls (especial PDQ) didn't like to decorate the tree. They have absolutely no sense as to where ornaments go and it always requires a bit of sneaky adjustments on my behalf! Feel better soon! Misty
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-12 11:52 am (UTC)
You're way ahead of me, sister. No tree yet. My kids, like Misty's kids, enjoy decorating the tree (though poorly). I fight the urge to direct them incessantly so (like Misty) I rearrange when they aren't looking.

I don't know the person the posted about the buzzard, but I used to live in Bastrop so reading that was kinda cool for me!

Get well soon! I will say, if you have what we had, Jersey Boy and I are MUCH better but we're *still* coughing like it's the TB ward.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-12 12:57 pm (UTC)
Wait wait wait...how did I not know that you once lived in TX? Or is my mind like a steel sieve?
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From: misty_bay
2006-12-13 03:55 am (UTC)

I do this too.

I wait until they are in bed, get my ruler, re-arrange them so NONE are any closer than 6 inches to each other.

Don't JUDGE me, it's my thing. You may however, judge me on the fact that they've never noticed their ornaments aren't were they put them the night before.

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From: misty_bay
2006-12-13 04:01 am (UTC)

You Texans don't do anything small, do you?

I'm sorry your still feeling bad.

I don't think your deluding yourself. I think she is just doing a good job of making *you* think it's all about you. The fact is, she loves it.

Fluff a tree? I'm presuming there are no balsam fir's hanging in your backyard.

Had I known...I would have sent you a nice homeade wreath. I made a couple this year, and they didn't look like I stood back about 8 feet and threw the branches on. :O)

Sam's pizza rocks. Seriously. I love Sam's on a Saturday.

And yes, I have EVERY ornament the kids ever made me. Does this make us sentimental old fools yet? Is it official?

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