Monday, November 26, 2007
Not Quite Eccentric
DH and I love the holidays. When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, we are like giddy children; the longer it’s up, the better. In our early married life, we used to extend our enjoyment of the tree by leaving it up a few weeks past New Year's Day. I think this made people uneasy.
Now, however, we're headed in the opposite direction. Since we take the tree down on New Year's Day, we've started putting it up earlier. A couple of years back, we starting putting the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. This made us very happy!
Last year, we managed to decorate the tree a week before Thanksgiving, because one of DH’s employees was having surgery in late November, and we wanted to include her in the office party--a great reason to put up the tree!
This year, we did even better—DH had so many calendar conflicts in December that we decided to move the office party up to November 15. “Hey, let’s put up the tree!”
At the party I announced, "Next year, we're doing this on Halloween!"
We are afraid to let the neighbors see how early we decorate our tree, because we don’t want to be called “eccentric.” We go to great lengths to try to avoid this label. (For example, we don’t have lots of cats; we only have 2 kitties, and 2 birds--I think if we had one more pet, we’d tip over into “eccentric.”)
Anyway, when we put the tree up in mid-November, we close a door so that the neighbors can’t see it from outside, and we can bask in the glow of colored lights in privacy.
Right now the Christmas tree skirt is moving; it looks like it’s doing “The Wave.” That would be one of the kitties—they love the tree, too.