As you know if you read this blog every time it's updated, we spent the majority of our weekend decorating our home for Christmas. It's one of my favorite things to do each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I know, it doesn't seem like it's related at all to that, but it is to me because decorating my house gets me more and more excited about the upcoming party for God. How much more awesome can it get?!
Growing up, my mom was very particular about how we decorated the tree. I've since learned it's pretty much the only better way to decorate a tree is to start with the lights. Oh well, what does a ten year old care what goes on the tree first? Anyway, my point. It's much more fun to decorate a tree when you're an adult because you can do it your way. When it's your parents' tree, it's their way, when it's your tree, it's your way. That makes it loads more fun to do it.
Every year people who have fake trees try to persuade other people who love real trees to get a fake tree (They're on clearance, they don't shed, etc.). I say to them, it's tradition to have a real tree in my family, and that's one tradition I hope to keep. Again growing up, my mom always insisted that a cedar tree was the only real Christmas tree we could have simply because it was the tradition in her family. (FYI, a cedar Christmas tree is very difficult to find!) Now I prefer the frasier fir because they aren't prickly and don't shed, but I figure I can still carry on the tradition by having a real tree whether it's cedar or not, than a fake tree.
My goal is always to enjoy my decorated for Christmas home and relax while all the candles burn and smell all Christmasy. You'll see when you get here.