A Real Christmas Tree

Christmas is such a “kid” holiday to me — I see the entire holiday in a different light now that I have a child. It’s always been my favorite holiday, but this year, I’m really getting into the spirit. I can’t wait to share all of my favorite traditions with him (and to create some new ones). I realize that he’s only 11 months old right now and has no clue what’s going on, but I want to do it right.

I grew up with nothing but real, live Christmas trees. I love the smell of a real tree — despite the mess of fallen needles — and I decided months ago that I want my child to grow up with real trees like I did.

So this year, we didn’t get the little artificial tree out. It served its purpose when it was just me and D, but J deserves so much more!

Several weeks ago, I found out about a service in our area that delivers live, potted Christmas trees to your house, then takes them away after the holiday. I loved this idea! I wouldn’t be killing a tree and wouldn’t have to deal with transporting it… so it’d be easier and better for the environment without sacrificing the beauty of a real tree… or so I thought.

On November 30, this arrived at our house.

Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Charlie Brown Christmas tree

Needless to say, this was not the tree I had envisioned. It was short (only about 4 feet tall) and spindly… and just sad.

I faked enthusiasm to the delivery guy, but as soon as he left, I began to freak out. Within a few minutes, I was in tears, and D was on the phone, asking them to come pick it back up and take it away.

I felt like such a Grinch, asking for a refund on a Christmas tree. But this is my baby’s first (real) Christmas, and this tree just wasn’t going to cut it.

Luckily, the guys were happy to take it back and give me a refund. They apologized that it wasn’t what I had expected (there’s the understatement of the season!) and were perfectly nice about it all.

Anyway, after that debacle, I dragged D to the Christmas tree lot the next day, and we immediately found the perfect tree.

buying a Christmas tree

It’s a little over 8 feet tall, nice and full with the most beautiful deep green color. After a fun holiday party at our friends’ house, we put J to bed and began hanging the lights and ornaments on the tree. J’s a big fan of our decorations.

J with Christmas tree ornament

Not surprisingly, that ball went straight to his mouth.

Now that it’s fully dressed, it’s even more beautiful! (or tacky, but Christmas trees are supposed to be a little gauche, right?)

Christmas Tree 2012

Now, that’s the kind of tree I was hoping for! The holiday season is off to a wonderful start. Just three more weeks to go!

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