O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree....

Sunday, February 1, 2015

 

I am just a tad bit scared to put this out there, but, we just took down the Christmas tree. Truth, right hand on the Bible-it just got packed away this afternoon. I am still trying to figure out how it went this far. Well I kinda know, but .....then this has never happened before. Guess I am going to share my thoughts in hopes someone who reads this will tell me this has happened to them, that I am not a terrible homemaker, and that next year things will be better. 

You see, in December we had three major house mishaps. Not the kind of repairs that only cost a hundred dollars , but these were in the thousands. So, not a whole lot of cash for Christmas. But, we did pull through with the prime rib on the fireplace I am proud to say-fed my entire family quite well. However, my kids knew they wouldn't be getting gifts until Dad's bonus in January. We gifted the extended family, you know, Nana, Aunties, grandchildren, etc. 

Then the tree dilemma. Real or fake? Real was $60+, fake was in the basement already paid for and ready to assemble. I really dislike fake, so just couldn't get into the spirit of it. This led to questions of, "hey it is December 22nd, you think we'll put a tree up"?  So fake it was. 

If your still with me, kudos! Long story short my youngest daughter would not let me take the tree down because she wanted  her presents wrapped under the tree. My husband and I, already feeling guilty about late gifts, relented and the tree just kinda stayed up. Sparkling at night, looking festive. Suddenly, it just seemed to become part of the furniture arrangement. I thought maybe I will just leave it up all year. let visitors make fun of me and be ahead of the game this Christmas.

Nope, my husband had enough. Tree coming down troops!. So today the tree was packed away . I don't think I ever want to see it again. Note to family-if I can't afford a real, live tree next year and it comes down to prime rib or said tree, the tree is going to win. AND I am getting a live tree before Thanksgiving. There will be a decorated tree, shiny and sparkly as a backdrop to the pumpkins and gourds!

I am not feeling very Donna Reedy here. Donna probably never had her tree up til almost February.Then again I am certain Donna didn't have a Christmas like ours this past year. Not a very Tasha Tudor- like Christmas. Yet, leaving the tree up relaxed me, made me a bit happier this dark and stormy January. Maybe the tree was meant to be up later. Perhaps I am not such a bad homemaker.  These things happen and when they do we just have to roll with it. That's what I did, rolled with it. Enough said.  Unless you would like to say something then please go ahead.

15 comments:

  1. Suzanne -
    Your post was a blessing to me today. Thank you for "putting it out there". Comforting that I had "company" this year in having our decorations up until as close to February as we have ever gotten! (But without the really good reasons you had!) What a wonderful memory you have made for your loved ones in trusting God to provide, giving to others first, and enjoying what was most important - your family (well, and prime rib!!). Everyone at your house will remember the year you had "Christmas in January" - it will be talked of and smiled at for years to come. (And I vote with you on a real tree and oatmeal for dinner if there is ever another "sparse" Christmas.) God bless you and yours.
    - Esther in NJ

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    1. Thank you Esther for making me feel a whole lot better about it. You put it in a much better perspective than I did! We certainly will remember this past Christmas and hopefully with a smile. I did feed all those people a delicious prime rib and my children did learn about giving--HA! Maybe the Lord knew we needed to lean on him and take it in stride. Blessings to you Esther! Thanks again!
      ~XOSuzanne

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  2. Don't feel bad. Both my Xmas trees and all the household decorations are still out. I dragged every bit of Xmas decor into the sunroom a few weeks ago. I usually have everything put away the first week of Jan., but I need my husband to bring down all the storage bins from the attic so I can pack the stuff away, and he puts it all back up in the attic.

    Our daughter just bought a house so all his spare time has been spent working on her house, ripping out the kitchen, rewiring, new flooring, and I haven't had the heart to ask him to do any work for me.

    I keep waiting for him to notice all the Xmas stuff in the sunroom and decide to bring down the bins on his own.

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    1. Thanks Dawn--I suppose I shouldn't be so happy about it, but I am glad to know I am not alone! Your husband is serving your daughter right now. Your a very good wife to let your house go for now. God bless!
      XOSuzanne

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  3. I took our tree down three weeks after Christmas and I am still sad Christmas is over!

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    1. Hi Andrea,

      Whyare you sad?

      I know each year I have these expectations-that I place on myself (!) and when they don't happen I get sad. I have to learn to stop that. This year was a perfect example for us-nothing went as planned or expected:-) But I learned few lessons. So, I just say let's look forward to *this* Christmas:-)

      ~XOSuzanne

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  4. Hi Suzanne. I guess it is because it is hard to adjust to the "bareness" in the absence of the tree/decorations! And outside is bare also. Then...we get our first snowfall in January and I always wish it would've been here for Christmas. But I know that Christmas isn't about decorations, even though they are an outward sign of our joy.

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    1. I hear ya Andrea! This may help. I am taking this online ....not sure what to call it ...class...journey, from heather at www.beautythatmoves.typepad.com. It's called Hibernate. Well one of the assignments was to make a space where you are comfortable. Surround a chair or comfy reliner or rocker with your favorite books, a plant, a candle, etc. Make it cozy, make it a space you will gravitate to first thing to pray, do devotions, or whatever it is you do. You can also put your knitting, needlework, etc. there at the ready. I am cozying up a spot where the tree was:-) Maybe I will post a pic here to let you see it. Maybe just fluffing up a few spots where decorations were or adding a little something will help. Hope this helps. God bless!
      ~XOSuzanne

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    2. Thanks Suzanne. I have been looking at her website recently (I love her pictures). I hibernate a bit too much though...I need to get out more and do the opposite. But regarding the tree and other comments, maybe you are starting something here to keep the tree up longer to beat the January blues!

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  5. We just took our tree down this past week ... I think it was Tuesday during the "blizzard" (we got 4" here). Not the latest our tree has ever stayed up. One year we had family visiting in February and left the tree up to have Christmas with them. Honestly, the light and sparkle are just necessary for me in January. The tree is gone but I have moved my lighted houses to where it was!

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    1. Well I'll be! Here I am thinking I am quite alone in this and you all are popping by to tell me I am not crazy, or lazy, or strange. If I knew there were others that tree may have stayed up a bit longer! Tossing the guilt out the window-thank you ladies for chiming in. Mrs. T. I do agree-this time of year we just need a bit of sparkle to get through the darker and grayer days of winter. Oh dear, more snow coming for us in MA tonight and tomorrow. Stay safe! God bless!
      ~XOSuzanne

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  6. There's no rule that state we must take down the Christmas tree down on any said date ;) Your reasons are all justifiable. We all live in an imperfect world, so therefore perfectionism is of no value. These are just some things I continue to remind myself from time to time , sometimes it is what it is, and we make the best of it! That is exactly what you did my dear. And you got to enjoy those beautiful sparkling lights just a little longer than some of the rest of the world, but as you see, you were not alone. Life can get in our way at times, going a different direction than what we think its supposed to, but when we believe and except that most everything happens for a reason then reality is so much easier to face, and the peace that passes all understanding is ours. You my dear or a marvelous Keeper of your home. Blessings sweet friend

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    1. Ahhhh...Shelley, your makin' me blush! Thank you for the encouragement:-) Maybe I can start a whole new movemnet, huh? Sparkle thru January Club or something like that...LOL! So glad you visited, my friend:-)
      Blessings,
      Suzanne

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  7. Grace grace! Do as you like Suzanne!

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  8. Love this story! Thanks for the smile. We use a fake tree, which was hard to get used to it, but I don't miss spending money for a tree each year. But I get why it's a must-have. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm sorry it's taken me a week to respond. Great to meet new friends.

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Suzanne a.k.a. Not Quite Donna Reed