When I was married, I had to abide by his rules – no Christmas decorating until December 1st. But now that I’ve been divorced for a few years, I’m really enjoying the fact that there’s no ‘boss’ to tell me when I can do what I want! So, guess what?
I’ve started decorating for Christmas!!
I woke up yesterday morning and felt that little nudge. You know the one? It’s chilly outside. It’s after Thanksgiving. It’s almost December 1st anyway….I’m a free woman and can do what I want….
So I opened up the coffin sized box of the new artificial Christmas tree I invested in last year and determinedly dragged each heavy and awkward piece into the family room. I laid them on the floor and then began my tree building. In practically no time, there it was! And when I pushed the foot pedal on the floor, it lit up perfectly!
I was ecstatic! And so began the rest of the day which consisted of decorating the mantle, setting up the stockings, finding little trinkets I’d forgotten about and nestling them around the house.
I lit a balsam candle and felt the stress drain away because there’s nothing like that smell of a fresh cut tree and even though I’ve had to give that up, the candle works just fine. I’ve learned that it’s all about making due and finding the good in a simpler life.
So far the tree only has lights on it and no decorations. I am liking that look by the way and loving that with a touch of a button I can change it from white lights to colored ones. It’s so much fun! Maybe next week the kids and I can put on our ornaments, but in the meantime, I’m just enjoying the serenity of a lit tree.
How about you? Have you started decorating? Do you have a live tree or a fake one?