Tuesday, 9 December 2008

225 days to go: Christmas Tree Shopping

We normally put up our Christmas Tree on the second weekend of December.
However, this weekend all football matches were cancelled and it seemed like a good idea to take advantage of the spare time we had.
We have an artificial one for the main room and a real one in the Conservatory.
I love the scene from Love Story where they go hunting for the tree together and always have idealised fantasies of how wonderful it will all be.
This morning I imagined we would spend a few fun-filled hours as a family hunting down the perfect tree.
What really happened was - it was cold, my eldest two sons didn't want to come. Neither did my youngest but he didn't have a choice.
None of the trees were right. We finally chose one, got it home and waited for my husband to get the decorations from the loft.
After a few choice words he took to his bed for the afternoon and me and my daughter had to workout how to put the artificial one together.
We finally did it and I asked the children to pose by the tree.
My husband finally reappeared when it was all done.
At work the next morning I was talking to a colleague who said he's put up the tree the evening before.
What transpired was a very similar scene at his house. Only worse. When he eventually got the tree up his over exuberant daughter and her friends managed to knock it down - lights, baubles and all.


notSupermum said...

Ah, the joy of families eh? I always thought that when my girls were old enough we would have Christmas carols playing softly in the background while we put the tree up - but when my oldest girl was about 4 she insisted on having Firestarter by the Prodigy on while we decorated it. I was not a happy bunny!

K.L.R. (aka Kayleigh) said...

You two are cracking me up!

I still don't have my tree up and haven't decided how I'll do it....I have a 7yo who'd like a big traditional tree w/all the trimmings and a 2yo who'd like to destruct said tree -- I'm thinking smaller table top variety will work this year as a compromise. Of course, I should get on that right away....

I'm glad we're not the only fam w/tree issues, lol!

see you there! said...

If it were left to me to assemble a tree I'm afraid it would look pretty pathetic.

Darling kids, your daughter looks quite a bit like you.