After Sunday morning’s tree buying adventure, we brought this little beauty home to brighten up our living room for the next few weeks. We reminisced about this time last year when we managed to cram a six foot Christmas tree into my tiny Fiat 500, since Jason was driving what was more or less a go-kart at the time and we had no other way of getting the tree home. Now Jason has a beefcake of a car, and so my little 500 got to stay pine needle-free. Which is good luck, since I had it valeted the other day and am trying desperately to keep it clean as long as possible. That Stinking Dog is not helping the situation…
Anyway, this isn’t a post about cars, it’s a post about TREES! One particular tree in fact! Oh and also, new lights. Two of our sets of tree lights last year went out even before Christmas day, and so this year we invested in a couple of fancier sets. Also, candle bulbs all the way, right?
I put a set of our spare lights up in our kitchen along the tops of the cabinets, and is looks so joyfully festive it makes my heart ache. And guess what? Jason likes it! AND I’ve managed to convince him that they should stay up year round, to make our kitchen feel permanently cosy! I never in a million years thought he’d go for a 365-days-a-year-fairy-light situation, but it’s happening and I’m full of joy.
^^ I had a go at a little DIY I saw on Pinterest that shows you how to make stencils for your camera lens to turn all lights star/tree/heart shaped, and it really works! Look! Christmas tree-shaped lights on our Christmas tree! ^^
^^ We always drink mulled apple cider whilst decorating our tree. It’s tradition. ^^
And there she is! We’re biased, but we think she’s a beauty.
‘No. It’s too bushy at the bottom…Too many bald spots…Too straggly up top…Too skinny in the middle’
‘Those people are trying to poach our trees. Don’t put any more trees down. How many can you carry at once?’
‘Ugh. That’s horrible. Who would buy that?…Oh. Those people just there…’
‘How about that one over there, like on the other side of the patch?’
‘That couple over there have got really good tree-finding luck. Let’s follow them and get whatever one they decide not to buy…’
‘That first one we found really was the best wasn’t it? Do you reckon it’s gone now? Shall we go back and look for it?’
‘We’re never going to find one! I’m tired, let’s just give up now.’
‘None of these trees are as good as last year.’
‘Don’t get stroppy! We’ve nearly managed a whole tree-buying day without getting stroppy.’
^^ Every. single. year. ^^
But we found a tree, and she’s perfect! And we still love each other!
Illustration by Inslee. Isn’t it darling? Thank you to Brooke for providing me with the source!
I’m pretty much on a count down until it’s time to go and find a little Christmas tree to come home and live with us over the holiday period. We’ll pile on our layers, pick up some hot chocolates, and head out to the garden centre in search of the Perfect Tree. Every year I get anxious about halfway through the tree-hunt that we won’t find one with a perfect shape, and start fretting that maybe we should just take the one we discarded a few trees back in case nothing better comes along. Jason’s always *very* patient with the process, and we always do end up finding that Perfect Tree.
We also need a couple of new sets of tree lights this year, which is a perfectly perfect excuse for me to take a trip into the decoration department of our garden centre. Jason usually steers me away from there pretty sharpish, after that fateful time he gave me his credit card and sent me out to buy decorations for our first Christmas in our house, and I wracked up a bill larger than what we usually spend on groceries in a month. I wish I was kidding. But not as much as Jason does…
p.s. Did I already tell you about that, sometime last Christmas? Still, confession’s good for the soul, right?