Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

My Dad is an over the top Christmas decorator. As a child our house was decorated to the max at Christmas time. Every piece of furniture was taken out of the living room and replaced with villages, snowmen, and motorized do dads.

One Christmas I will always remember is when my Dad decided that one Christmas tree just wasn’t enough. He brought home three full sized Christmas trees, one for my Dad to decorate, one for my brother and one for me. My parents live in a modest bungalow with an average to small size living room. It looked like a Christmas forest.

You can imagine my Dads shock when I started raising my own family and decided to use an artificial Christmas tree. I believe my Dad told me it was a sacrilege to put up a plastic tree. My Christmas decorations consist of a few Advent decorations, a fake tree and a couple of snowmen. My Dad is less than thrilled. (He loves me anyway)

To make sure my children our not deprived on Christmas, my Dad insists every year that my children go with him to pick out a real tree for my Mom and Dads house. This year was no different

I do enjoy picking out a Christmas tree and I even told my Dad that next year when we go to the tree lot I may even pick out a real one for our home. I think I saw a tear in his eye.

Here we are picking out a tree with my Parents, with my Dad in all his Christmas glory.


Chris said...

We have an ariticial tree also. I am a little scared of the real ones. My sister in law and her hubby have made a tradition of cutting a tree down yearly since they spent their first Christmas as a married couple and now they have two little girls and they continue to do that. I think it is a beautiful tradition. I am glad you and your family go with your dad to cut down your parents tree for their home.

Christine said...

We cannot even go to a lot we have to find some woods and cut one down. It has to be real!!!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Oh wow... your dad sounds like how I want to be. If I had Christmas couches... I would sooo use those!

Joyful Days said...

This post made me smile. I thought I was an "over the top decorator" but I can't compare to your dad. However, this year, after all my feet dragging on decorating I put up two (artificial) trees in the living room.

After the cats climbed the real trees I returned to the artificial trees of my youth. ;)