trimming the tree

I bought my very first Christmas tree. Sure, it’s a plastic monstrosity, but it’s mine! And I love it! Here is photo evidence of said tree:

first Christmas tree!

first Christmas tree!

Here is also an artful photo of a one of the (new) Christmas ornaments I now own:

artful photo of ornament (set again obviously plastic tree backdrop)

artful photo of ornament (set against obviously plastic tree backdrop)

How, you may be asking yourself, can someone get so far into her or his adult life without ever purchasing a Christmas tree? Here’s the answer: As you may know by now, for most of my adult life, I have been a student. That means that during the cold month of December, I usually pack my bags, turn down the heat, give my plants a good watering, and hope for the best as I travel home to my homeland.

I enjoy the holidays like anybody else, and I always get a good dose of baking and Christmas lights, but I do it with my family. Now that I am no longer a student, I have the creative energy to indulge in stuff like this. It also helps that I am making good money now and buying a Christmas tree and a few cheap ornaments is not a financial burden. Sure, I could have decorated for Christmas in previous years, but this is the first time that I have really felt like it.

Here’s the dirty secret, there was a massive snowstorm here several weeks ago. With a foot of snow on the ground and the fact that I would be gone for the week of Christmas, which would thus deprive me of potential time with my new tree, conditions seemed perfect to start decorating for Christmas. Although it is the beginning of December now, my confession is that this tree has actually been up in my livingroom for a good three weeks. I know that’s controversial in some circles, but that’s me: controversial in some circles.

2 thoughts on “trimming the tree

  1. Evelyn

    I think your tree is pretty…plastic and all! We’ve had an artificial tree for several years now because Rod hates the trouble and mess of a real one. I’ve loved our big one with the fiber optic lighting and wired-in white lights. However, we bought a new one this year…it’s skinnier and wired with just white lights. I think I like the old one better. If we hadn’t gone to the Coast for Thanksgiving, I would have had the tree up then! No controversy for me! Get those decorations up early and leave them as long as possible—without seeming strange.

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