A Christmas Lovers Quarrel Resolution: We Got a Real Tree!
If you read before about our Christmas tree debate then I have some follow up news - we got a tree! And it's a real one! And I named him Burt!
Isn’t he beautiful? I decided he was also a drag queen tree, but I haven’t decided what his stage name is yet. Grant says he can’t believe how excited I am over this Christmas tree but what you have to understand is this is my FIRST Christmas tree...ever. That’s right, I am almost 30, and I have never had a Christmas tree. Not that I was some poor child left wanting. I have been to friends houses and after I was grown and out of the house my mom decided to start putting up Christmas trees again but I have never had a tree that was all mine. I was raised Jewish, so I never had a tree as a kid growing up (meaning I have very few ornaments) and I’ve honestly never cared about having because I have always celebrated my Jewish beliefs, not for lack of interest but it’s what I’ve known. But now that I am with Grant, I have a reason to start celebrating with our own tree and our own menorah. We are comingling our traditions and creating something unique that is entirely ours, and I am so proud of that. Not only is this going to be my first year with a real Christmas tree it is going to be Grants first year with a year Chanukah celebration. I fully plan on having him try to recite the blessing or at least will read the English translations.
Not that he is the only one in for a surprise, this has been an experience full of surprises for me. Such as, did you know there was a difference between non-connectable and connectable lights? I may or may not have a stash of short, non-connectable lights laying around. Seriously though, what's the use for those? I'm sure I will figure it out before the 25th rolls around and share my ideas about that in good time. Also, I had no idea that there the height listed on bases for trees are pretty much useless. I got a base for a 6-foot tree and got a 5-foot tree, and the bottom was WAY too small. Lesson learned - always get the big base. I will 100% admit I didn’t take the warnings of how messy real Christmas trees are either. I waved it off as no big deal, but my mom was not exaggerating. Real trees are MESSY! But I think I'll take a month of some needles winding up in my kitchen over having to store a fake tree 11 months out of the year. There is definitely something magical about having a real Christmas tree, and I am feeling it. I love driving up to my house at night and seeing its bright colors in my living room window. Even though my roots are essential to me, integrating my future husbands with mine has become even more of a priority, and to me, that is what this tree represents which has added a whole new level of Christmas magic in my life.