Okay, that’s what we used to call it when we left home, drove to the mountains, hiked through the forest, found the perfect tree, cut it down, dragged it home and went through the annual marriage enrichment exercise of putting said tree in an upright position in our living room. Then we got to work on part two of the marriage enrichment exercise of putting LIGHTS on the tree.
Now I guess it should be called “Tree putting up day” since we just get our tree from the basement and put it together like a huge 3-D puzzle. This was the first year I stood back and let the boys assist. They did more than assist. They put the entire base together… as high as they could reach and they did a great job. I see my marriage enrichment exercise changing as my boys get older (and taller).
At the end of the day we sat together and watched “Elf.” It was an absolutely precious day.
(For the record, we went “fake” when we moved to Colorado and searched for the perfect tree and found only ugly, skinny, drought-affected twigs that we simply refused to purchase. We left the “tree farm” and headed to Wally-world and purchased the tree we have now. We look forward to going “real” again someday in the future.)
Here is a collage of our annual ornaments. We have many special ornaments but these are the ones we’ve purchased each year as “our ornament.” Below the collage is a listing of what each one means. We will be going to Rothenburg on the 23rd to purchase our 2011 ornament and so I’ll update this post as soon as I get it home and on the tree. (This is the LATEST we’ve ever purchased our ornament. The earliest would be the preggo lady the year we found out we were expecting Carson! I think we got that one in July 2002, just after we told the family.)
Here is what all of our ornaments mean.