Not without some cursing and swearing and a trip out to get more lights. It’s pre-lit (by me!!) but inevitably, no matter how much care I take putting it away, at least one set of lights doesn’t work. Could be a missing bulb, but that would be like looking for a needle in a haystack……there are over a 1000 lights on it!
It’s up now and looks lovely. We had a good time decorating it…a few tears over some of the ornaments…..but we also laughed over a lot of them too. Next weekend we’ll go and do Linds’ tree.
I still have the mantle to do….I love that mantle so much. It just adds that extra bit of Christmas to the room. And of course I cherish it even more now……
Not too much shopping to do this year…..the big kids have some “big ticket” items on their lists so I think that is what I’ll be buying for them. I also think I’ll buy myself a present….not sure what yet.
The last few years, quite a few years….we did buy each other gifts but generally we’d get ourselves something for the house like a new TV. The last thing we talked about getting was a new buffet for the dining room. I found one that I really liked last year. Ken thought I should have just gotten when I seen it, but I thought that would make a good Christmas present….it didn’t happen last year. It was in a local shop and is one of their “standard” products, so the same style is still available…..maybe I’ll get it this year.
While decorating the tree last night, Linds asked why Christmas was so different now….”when did it stop being fun”. I don’t think it stopped being fun because we do still have fun, it’s just that we’ve all grown up…..those Christmas nights playing games, eating “turkey buns”, having a few drinks with the whole family doesn’t happen anymore…..the family it just too big now and everyone is busy with kids and the “other” families too. We still sort of do the Christmas night thing, but with less chaos, which is maybe what we’re missing.
There would be some people at the dining room table playing cards, a few others playing Pictionary and if someone got a new game for Christmas, some playing that somewhere. One year my son got one of those hockey games with the players that you flip around trying to score a goal…..we ended up having a “tournament” with everyone picking a team and having a game…..
Christmas Eve will be different this year too. It all really started with Bev running out of tape one Christmas Eve. Our other friends that we’ve spent it with for almost 30 years have moved….not too far, but far enough that going to their house or them coming to ours, is just not going to happen. It was easy when they lived close by. When the kids were little and we just wanted a quiet night close to home…..each year we’d alternate houses. We’d make fun dinners that had nothing to do with Christmas…..mac n’ cheese, lasagne or chili and hotdogs….one year Rae and I spent all evening steaming pot stickers and other dim sum type things….the kids thought that was great! Dinner would be early in the evening. The kids would go off and play and the adults would have a quiet drink or two. As the kids got older their friends would start coming over too….then it was girlfriends/boyfriends, then spouses and kids….
Over the years other friends, some family and neighbours have joined in too. It was always a fun night. This year will be different in more ways than one…..but different isn’t a bad thing…..it’s just part of the “new normal”. My goal will be to make it fun…..whatever we do.