I have not had a real Christmas tree in years. Certain members of the household far preferred the neatness and convenience of a fake tree, coupled with the fact that my children have adored looking at the tree from Halloween to Valentien’s Day meant that closest thing I came to a pine scent in house came in a bathroom can. This year, however, I was going to do things different.
We went to the lot, picked our tree, and carefully set the tree up in a new corner of the living room, diligently watering it and leaving it for 24 hours to relax. We named it Oscar.
I admit, that between working two jobs and recent stress I was way way too tired to really enjoy the thought of the tree trimming, but I had promised that last night would be THE night, and it was clear Rainbow had her heart set on adorning Oscar, so we dug out the boxes of Christmas paraphenalia. It was at that point that a series of observations became apparent:
Observation #1: I need new Christmas bling. How is it that sometime between last year and this year half the lights stop working? And why can’t someone invent pre-lit real trees? I’d be all over that.
Observation #2: Not only will a real tree give you that fresh pine scent, expect to enjoy a woodsy pine carpet through your entire home. There is no escaping the pine needles. Sweep them up and start all over again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Observation #3: Hopefully the Christmas tree decorating has been a positive experience because chances are, no matter how tired and ready to be done you may feel, you might have to do it all over again. Yes, no sooner had Oscar been festively lit and lovingly adorned, and we stood back to admire him in all his glory, that he came crashing down in a pitiful heap of woodland gaudiness. This, I expect, is why many adults added liquor to their tree trimming traditions.
In the end, Oscar stood and twinkled, perhaps less perfect than he was originally, but lovely all the same. And somewhere in the future, when the stress is long forgotten and only charming memories remain, I expect we will do a real tree all over again. This time wiser. And with wine.