Dare I say “Happy Black Friday”? Did any of you go out and brave of chaos today? I am at our family cabin right now. My mom, my brothers girlfriend and I are planning to head out to a touristy town about an hour away. We aren’t going to be shopping any of the big stores and the big Black Friday Sales. We are just going to hit up all the small antique shops and 2nd hand stores to see what they have. We do this every year. I gave up the whole Black Friday shopping thing about 8 years ago when I stood in line at 5:00am in freezing sleeting weather along with about 300 other people to get into Walmart and get a laptop that was at an amazingly great price. And they ended up only having 5 of them so, the rest of us got screwed. NEVER again!
Okay, on to more pleasant things!
I know very few people go out and get real Christmas trees anymore, but we do. Actually we go out into the woods here at the cabin and look for our perfect Christmas tree and cut it down, strap it onto our truck and bring it home each year. Of course in the woods there is no such thing as a perfectly groomed Christmas tree. At tree farms , the trees are formed throughout the years by man. The wilderness has no grooming. So, the trees are lopsided or missing gaps but, I find that beautiful.
What I was wondering is if you decorate your Christmas tree with all matching ornaments or do you use ornaments that you have collected throughout the years?
I have to admit, my favorite Christmas décor is the Christmas tree. I could live without everything else as long as I had a Christmas tree! Okay, I have to share this and it is a mushy little story. The year that Troy had his accident, he had been in hospitals (yes, multiple ones) for weeks. They finally allowed him to come home a couple of weeks before Christmas. I had to do a lot of stuff to the house in order to meet all the things the hospital required before they would release him. I had to completely empty out our dining room so that it could be turned into a hospital room. And since that was where Troy was going to be sleeping for over a month, I removed a bunch of our living room furniture. Side tables, coffee table and a chair so I could sleep downstairs near him on an air mattress. Troy couldn’t walk at all. he couldn’t get out of bed. We had 3 different medical people coming by everyday to work with him. I was just so happy to have him home. But, at the same time it was mentally the most draining time. I was working from home at the time for an internet company and we had no other income coming in. I had to cut down on my hours because I needed to take care of Troy full time (yes, the insurance company decided that although the doctors said he needed a full time nurse around the clock, since I worked from home they figured I could do the job and wouldn’t pay for help).
Anyway, I had no time or energy to decorate for Christmas. The worst part was there was no room left for a Christmas tree. And that was the one thing that really emotionally sent me over the edge. I had to keep up appearances for Troy’s sake but, inside I was a hot mess. I talked to our friends one day and they asked about our Christmas tree. I told them we weren’t going to have one because there just was no room.
I won’t even going into how amazingly supportive they had been to me and to us during that whole ordeal. But, one evening Mike (our friend) showed up to visit Troy. He showed up with this box. I asked what it was. and he said just wait and see. He and Sherry (wife) had went out and bought us this beautiful Thomas Kincaid tabletop Christmas Tree. It came with all the ornaments and lights. he set it up so that Troy could see it from his bed in the dining room. I am not sure I even said a word as I looked at it. I just cried.
Although I put up a big real Christmas tree every year, that Thomas Kincaid Tree gets put up on my dresser in our bedroom every year so that we both can enjoy it every night and wake up to it every morning. It represents so much more than a Christmas tree to us!
Okay, moving on!
My Christmas tree is a complete mish mash of ornaments. And that is the way I love it!
Each and every ornament holds a wonderful moment that I have captured in my memories.
If I had a large house with room to do multiple Christmas trees, I would and I would do matching theme trees. But, my main Christmas tree will ALWAYS remain filled with the joy of memories that I have when I look at the different ornaments!
How about you? Do you hold special memories of different ornaments?