I hate admitting this but in the nine years we lived in Texas we never put up a Christmas tree. The house was so small and there truly was no place to put it unless we put it in the bedroom and that made no sense. We rarely had anyone over, Vince and I don’t buy gifts for each other, I usually ordered all of Addie, Chad and Nicole’s gifts and had them sent to them way early, so it seemed sad to me to see a tree sitting with no gifts so Vince and I kinda just pretended it wasn’t Christmas.
Chad worked at Walmart and figured he always would, so him taking off at Christmas to come to Texas was never going to happen.
We had two trees in MO and since we thought we’d be staying in Texas forever, and never used those trees, at some point, we got rid of the trees.
Here we are in MO and Addie asked me when she could come back and help me decorate the tree. She walked around the house and declared that we need four trees. We talked about Christmas decorations and came up with a plan: We’ll put up one tree and each year we’ll buy a few new Christmas ornaments that she and I choose together and when it comes time for her to have her own home and Christmas tree, I’ll give all the “new” ornaments to her for her tree if she wants them. She thought that was a grand idea. I told her that this year, we may end up ordering ornaments that don’t arrive in time for Christmas but they will still count for this year (so we can order more next year).
After they left, Vince and I started looking online at Christmas trees. He was looking for the least expensive and while I was shocked to see trees over $1,000, I wasn’t looking for the most expensive. I wanted pre-lit, and I wanted at least 8′ tall (which means the few decorations I have here are going to look pretty sparse on the tree). Walmart had one that had good ratings but it was a Black Friday item and couldn’t be ordered til after 11 our time last night. At 11:03, it was sold out so we missed that one.
We both liked this one at Home Depot. They were in stock in Joplin and we debated about ordering it for curbside pickup or just having it shipped to the house (should arrive Friday). We opted for shipping to the house. Vince said he will help put it together before he leaves, then when Addie is here next, she and I can decorate it.
I’m excited to have a Christmas tree again!