Here in our apartment. We spent part of yesterday un-boxing and setting up our Christmas tree and getting the lights strung and the decorations hung. It’s looking pretty good considering how beat up the poor thing is from being in storage.
Yes, we have an artificial tree. It’s almost a tradition really. I recall us having mainly artificial trees growing up with the occasional live one here and there. My mother has always preferred live trees, but the mess and expense usually kept us to artificial trees. When I moved out on my own it just seemed natural (if you’ll pardon the pun) to get an artificial tree. Every so often I consider getting a real one as the smell would be nice, but then I think of the needles that invariably drop to the floor and resolve to just buy some pine scent to spray on the fake one. Not the same, I know, but less painful when you step on the needles.
What’s particularly nice about getting the tree up this year is the fact that we’ve been proactive shopping-wise and actually had gifts to put underneath as soon as it was ready, which is quite the accomplishment for us. Usually the tree is up as much as a week before gifts start appearing under it’s branches. Here’s a couple of pics of our little beauty for your appreciation. As always, click on ‘em to get a bigger version.
Which brings me to a question I had for the rest of you folks out there. As usual when you get married there’s a melding of family traditions and customs, particularly about the holidays such as this one. When I was growing up my family used to place gifts under the tree as we got and wrapped them with the exception, of course, of what Santa would end up bringing on Christmas Eve. My wife’s family didn’t have any gifts under their tree until Christmas morning when they would all appear at once, family and Santa’s at the same time. The compromise here at our home is that gifts to extended family members show up under the tree until Christmas morning when the rest (immediate family and Santa) will show up. Personally, I wondered how they sat around dreaming about the packages if they didn’t show up until Christmas morning which my wife responded to by saying “We didn’t.” Duh. I should’ve thought of that. Anyway, I wondered if anyone else had variations on this as they were growing up. Did all your gifts show up beforehand or just some or none? I’m interested in hearing how other families’ Christmas traditions developed.