I have a 9-foot tree in the basement with all the trimmings. I should have had the kids bring it upstairs for me last weekend. But I didn’t think about it. It’s quite heavy, and I can’t bring it up the stairs. Even if I could lift it or drag it, I’m sure I would fall–stairs and I don’t get along. So I put out a little tree instead. Less work. Not as festive, but not as dangerous, either. I’m sure most people don’t think of Christmas trees as dangerous. I had another small one, but I can’t find it anywhere, and that makes me sad because it has some special ornaments.
I can’t have a real tree–I’m terribly allergic to Pine Trees. When I was a kid, we could never have a real tree. They didn’t make lifelike trees back then. We had one of those metal things with a color wheel that lit it up and changed colors–you need to be old like me to understand what that was. I’m sure the rest of the family just loved it! (In case you didn’t catch it, I was being facetious.) I am the only one in my family that has allergies…cats, dogs–most furry animals–pollen, mold, dust, mites, most cosmetics and perfumes (just the smell can make me sick), to make it easy, I am only not allergic to 6 of the things that they test for. My dogs are hypoallergenic–they don’t have fur and dander–they have real hair that needs to be groomed and trimmed regularly. When we got those stuffed animals with real fur (I don’t think they make those any longer, than goodness), mine had to be put in plastic bags. No indoor live animals — we didn’t have designer dogs like Schnauzers or Bichon Frise. I never had an indoor dog until I was 36–my son’s first Mini Schnauzer, Trixie (officially Eric’s Little Bag of Tricks).
But I digress. That is totally off the subject! Christmas is such a special time for me. I know most people can’t wait to see the gifts they get. But I just want to make people happy, or help when I can. It’s a time when I donate the money I’ve been saving up all year for charity.
I have the kids keep wish lists on Amazon so I know what they really want. Amazon even gift wraps most things – which is great because I have trouble with small motor skills and my wrapping is terrible. That’s a conversation for another time.
So, when I buy the kids what they really want, I don’t have to see the look on their faces when they open something and say, “Thanks, Mom…” And it’s obvious they didn’t want what I got them. Wish lists are a life saver! They keep them up all year, so I always have good stuff to buy them for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
But, back to the trees. I’ve had little ones for a long time. I actually bought them for my son when he was in college and graduate school. And they still work the same way they did then–they light up and make the room cheery (now, if I could just find the other one!). This year, with a new puppy, it actually might be safer if they are off the floor.!
It doesn’t matter what kind or size of tree you have. It’s not even the tree that matters–it’s the thought of the bright multi-colored lights and the meaning of this holiday that matters. It brightens your world and gives you hope for better tomorrows. I am grateful for my family and the joy they bring to my life, and I am thankful that I’m still around to enjoy them.