And Another Christmas Passesâ€¦
So, another Christmas passes us by and we are left to clean up the mess of wrapping paper and tinsel. We also must find a place for all of the new gifts and things that Santa felt we needed (whether we truly did or not.) Children’s new toys and clothing are distributed to their rooms to rest alongside the tons of other toys and clothing that they already own.
We had a real tree this year and while I worried that it would die before Christmas day, it showed me that I had chosen well. It was just starting to feel brittle to the touch when I began to “undress” it yesterday. I must admit that it was beautiful and it gave the house that “Christmassy pine” smell.
My two youngest grandchildren had never had a real tree so it was fun to watch their excitement as they tried to wrestle it out of the car and help get it into the big old stand…which we had to buy too, by the way!
It was kind of sad to take all of the decorations off the tree and carry it out the door. The tree is still sitting in the back yard and we do get to watch bits of tinsel glisten in the sun for just a bit longer while we decide what to do with it.
Some people feel bad about having a real tree, but you know, we bought this one from an organization that was donating the money to a children’s youth group. The tree was already cut down and standing in the lot. If we had not brought it home to enjoy, it would have just sat there and died and then no one would have benefited from its beauty.
Will I have another live tree next year? I am not sure, but this one sure gave my grandkids some great memories and that’s worth the cost of a live one to me. And really, the pine needle mess wasn’t near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I did keep the tree well watered so maybe that helped too!
So, what are your plans for the New Year, now that another Christmas has passed? As always, I say I am going to start planning for next Christmas right now, but we all know how that will go!
Image Credit » Photo credit: Donna Thacker