It used to be that we put up our Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend. That changed several years ago—why, I don’t know, but I blame my parents. It seems like my parents start putting up their tree earlier every year, which starts a chain reaction in our family.
This year my parents put up their Christmas trees (yes, trees) before Thanksgiving. Not a few days before Thanksgiving but a few weeks. I was still lamenting the loss of Halloween and they were unpacking nutcrackers and the Christmas village. When we showed up for Thanksgiving dinner, their entire house was completely decorated!
My brother and his family followed immediately. I’m sure I heard my sister-in-law say on Thanksgiving Day that her tree was up.
I’m always running behind the power curve, so I stuck to the traditional Thanksgiving weekend. Truth be told, I was still hanging on to my Halloween decor. I had my son pull everything out of the attack the day after Thanksgiving, but we were too tired to decorate after hauling down 25 years worth of decorations (we can’t part with any of our decorations). I did get the tree up and decorated, but it took me another week or so to get the rest of the house finished. I’m still working on the dining room.
At one time, a single full Christmas tree was the centerpiece of our Christmas decor. That, too, changed over time. My parents put up a slim flocked tree in their living room. This is the main tree and it’s surrounded by the family Christmas gifts. They have one or two pencil trees in their family room for good cheer. The two of them spend most of the time in the Florida room or porch, so it too has a tree.
Their obsession with Christmas trees, I think, is inheritable.
Like my parents, I start with a tree in my living room (aka library). I used to put up the tallest widest tree that I could find, but I have since swapped big bling for space. This is the room where we all get together on Christmas Eve and open gifts. I let my grandkids help decorate the tree, then I straighten it out later.
I also have a tree in my family room because it seems so bare without one. For years this was a pencil tree, but I’ve also downsized it and now have a short 4 footer that sits on an end table. I have an open porch, and at one time, it held a live tree fully decorated. Because it’s always so warm here at Christmas, I stopped putting up a tree on the back porch.
Seems like one tree is all that’s needed, don’t you think? How many trees do you put up in your house?
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