Amidst the chaos of completing construction, finishing up the basement, hosting a Thanksgiving crew, diving into an infuriating stair makeover (lead paint, arugh!) and staring down our unpainted and spackled walls, missing baseboards and scuffy, bright white front door, we put up our tree.
It’s no different than years past; it’s not a new tree, and nothing fresh or inventive was done. We didn’t purchase any additional tree decor, no, just the same ornaments from our childhood and the ones we’ve collected together over the last five years of marriage. (Although in true Christamaversary tradition, we did pick up one ornament while we were in Mexico!)
Back in October – before timelines were shifted and no one could predict how long our construction job would be delayed (and delayed and delayed) – we had tossed around the idea of getting something larger for our front window; we’ve never been able to have our tree seen from the street before. We could replace our skinny tree – and put it in the studio, perhaps? – for something larger, fluffier. But as time passed by and the year’s end became thisclose, we decided to keep what we had – for now, for sanity’s sake. At one point, I admitted to Scott that perhaps, this year only, we should nix the tree altogether (we haven’t found time to go to the grocery in over a month; how could we possibly squeeze in tree trimming?). This was greeted with shock from Scott (but you love Christmas! he said), and he insisted – for traditions sake.
No bells, no whistles, but for an entire Sunday evening we put everything aside. Within these four living room walls (half primed, half painted), we spent more time than usual putting up that tree, stringing the lights, reminiscing over the story of every ornament and lighting candles while we sipped on bourbon and red wine.
I’m so glad we did.
PS: December 25th is less than 2 weeks away (how did that happen?)! If you’re still looking for the perfect, super custom and thoughtful gift for the pet lovers in your life, it’s not too late to pick up a gift certificate from The Pet Shop. (Or spoil yourself and get on the 2014 pre-order list!)