The Chrismas Spirit

4 12 2006

Last night was one I have been looking forward to for a while: it was time to trim the tree and spend some family time together in the spirit of the holidays.

We prepared by going to Target at the beginning of the weekend and getting a seven and a half foot Christmas tree, a couple of stockings for the girls and some other bits of Christmas cheer. We decided to buy a large fake tree because for nearly the same amount as a similarly sized real one, we would have a tree that wouldn’t die, didn’t have to be maintained, or thrown away (my biggest problem with real trees).

The whole time we loaded it up and carried it home and got it decorated, I felt like the classic Christmas father: putting in a lot of work so that my family can enjoy Christmas. The tree was a little heavy for one person to carry, then when that was done, Annabelle would cry, then Eliana would cry, and they would alternate. It felt like the classic chaotic Christmas.  I tried to set the mood properly with some old fashioned Christmas music.  The music wasn’t very old fashioned though because it was by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I did find some MP3 of the Charlie Brown Christmas music and quickly played those songs. They brought back so many memories.

In all, it was a good “first” Christmas for us as a family. However, I was surprised at the sticker shock of it all.  For all the decorations, the tree, the lights, and extra ornaments I bought (and still have to buy) it came out to over $400.  Wow. Well, certain things will only be bought once, so I guess it won’t be so bad next year.

Merry Christmas

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