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Thursday, December 20, 2012

9 Joyous Things About Putting Up The Tree

You already know how I feel about decorating for Christmas, so even I was surprised when I was tasked with listing nine things that bring me joy and the first thing that came to mind was, "I bet I could name nine things that brought me joy while we were putting up the Christmas tree this year."

Crazy, right?



I don't blame you for not believing me, but here they are:

1. Getting together as a family to trim the tree, join voices, and loudly argue over whose hideous, iridescent "Baby's 1st Christmas" ornament is whose.

2. Making fun of terrible Christmas music (Alvin and the Chipmunks, I'm looking at you).

3. Watching A Christmas Story - more specifically, ruining it for everyone else by reciting every line along with the movie.

4. The fact that all of my kids - without me even having to ask - will freeze as soon as I pick up my camera and pretend to be putting the same ornament on the tree for as long as it takes me to get 4000 pics, none of which will be completely in focus.


5. The girls staring at the cat while he lounges in his new favorite place on Earth, under tree - where he sheds roughly two pounds of fur per day on the latch-hook tree skirt I painstakingly made as a gift for my mom when I was a kid.



6. Because the cat is now semi-permanently stationed under the tree, for the next few weeks he won't spend his evenings on the back of the couch right behind my head, loudly tongue bathing himself.

7. Madeline's refusal to wear a shirt, paired with...
8. her insistence that she wear plastic beaded necklaces at all times, paired with...
9. her insistence that Gerry wears them too, even though they're too small to go over his head.


What's not to be joyous about? A huge thanks to Mama Kat and her uplifting Writer's Workshop prompt, "List the top 9 things that bring you joy."

Okay, these might not be the TOP 9 things, but apparently I didn't read the prompt very carefully the first time, and I'm sure as hell not writing a new post now!

Oops, sorry - I must've used up all my joy. I guess it's back to snark, then!

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24 comments:

  1. I totally hear you on 5 & 6. It's the first time we've had a tree in about 10 years, and one of our cats think it's a scratching post!

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    1. I have no idea why cats are so drawn to Christmas trees - my cat has always been indoors, so it's not like he's pining for his days in the wild, and even if he were, Christmas trees have almost zero resemblance to wild trees what with all the twinkling and holiday detritus. Cats. What a bunch of weirdos.

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  2. All good things, but Maddy propped up on her elbows about killed me with her cuteness. How do you live with the adorableness of that child everyday?

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    1. I can't look directly at her, I just leave food in a dish for her and look at pictures. ;)

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  3. This is the first year of no tree for us, but the house is overrun with stuffed Santas, reindeer & elves!!

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    1. That sounds like a good trade-off to me! At least nothing would break if I decorated like that - as it is, I have to put blinders on the baby so she doesn't notice all the fun glass "toys" on the tree. ;)

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  4. That pic of the necklace on your hubby's head was LOL.
    I used to have a cat who thought putting up the christmas tree meant "new pee spot." She used her cat box the rest of the year! But not xmas. Go figure.

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    1. Oh nooooooo! Bad kitty! ;) Ours doesn't get confused about peeing too often, but he does throw up at every given opportunity.

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  5. # 6 is my favorite, but 7, 8, & 9 are pretty good too.

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    1. They're all so very, very true. My fave part about #9 was that I forgot to ask him if I could post that pic until it was too late. His response? ::shrug::

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  6. Hahaha, I love it! I'm really bad about taking a bajillion photos of the same thing, and none of them ever turn out right. But I can take a photo through the car window without ever even looking through the viewer and get a more interesting photo every time. Go figure.

    Here via Mama Kat's!

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    1. So glad you're here - thanks for visiting! And I'm the same way - I can accidentally take a Nat'l Geographic-worthy picture, but to photograph something on purpose? Forget it.

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  7. Since my kids are 2 and 4 the tradition for us the past few years has been to decorate the tree as fast as possible to minimize the amount of broken ornaments.

    Note: Just to clarify, the kids are the ones breaking the ornaments, not me. Mostly.

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    1. *mostly* That's key. Helpful tip: kids have trouble reaching the ornaments if, instead of a fir, you decorate a palm tree.

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  8. Your bedazzled, bejangled beauty is truly something to behold. Maddy isn't half bad either.I gave up on tree decorating pictures with my crap ass camera phone. It will live on forever in my memory *cough*.

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    1. Yeah, I'm terrible with capturing our treasured memories - I'll go a month with no pictures at all, then we'll have 400 shots of essentially the same exact thing. Oh well, less evidence for them to use against me later.

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  9. Such a sweet post. I laughed out loud at that last photo with the beads. Putting up the tree brings back such great memories...every year my father would choose and cut a tree that was way too big and my mom would grumble. Ha!

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    1. We used to have a real tree, as I recall, until my brother saw the neighbors (who were moving) had put their artificial tree on the curb for the trash truck. Yes, we adopted their trash tree. We were nothing if not high class.

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  10. :) I like decorating trees... but I also don't have any mistaken assumption that my tree should be "perfect"... I let that go... instead I just relax and enjoy the chaos... :) I love the cat comments. hahaha... and your hubby wearing a necklace on his head. Awesome.

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    1. Thanks! And I will say, the fun increased for me exponentially a few years ago when I gave up the perfect, color-coordinated tree dream, and went full force with the mish-mash of faded construction paper ornaments and glitter-splosions. :)

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  11. My oldest older sister would always go back and "fix" the tree after we were done decorating.

    Great list, Baby. My favorite part of decorating the tree? I get to do it with you and our kids. My LEAST favorite part... ?

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    1. I can only guess your least favorite part. Is it the passive-aggressive way I complain about your Christmas music selection? The way I insist all the foam/glitter/fingerprint ornaments go in certain places? The fact that I try to duct tape you to the couch to watch the same movie year after year? Stop me if I'm getting warm...

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  12. Love it! I believe that your photos are adorable blurry or not! Our tree has been half decorated since Thanksgiving...I mean that only the top has been decorated because our little Baby/Toddler Boogie won't leave the ornaments alone. I plan on re-decorating it on Christmas Eve before all the family arrives on Christmas day...no one has to know!

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    1. That's such a good plan! We threw caution to the wind and decorated the whole thing, but (here's where I jinx myself) the baby hasn't tried to mess with the ornaments at all! I don't know whether to be proud or nervous.

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