Scrooge has left the house!

from Mel 

It??s amazing how a single item can really change your entire household. Coming from the Pacific NW where Douglas Fir trees were abundant, we have always had a real Christmas tree. Each year the tradition was to go the day after Thanksgiving and cut down our tree, come home and decorate it. The next week was spent decorating the house both inside and out.

Since moving to the south, we don??t have the luxury of having those wonderful trees at our disposal and we have to rely on someone to sell pre-cut trees. This has really dampened our spirits but even more so this year when nobody in town was selling them! We searched high and low but didn??t find a single seller in our small town. We decided the next day hubby had off we would drive to a larger town to find one but his days off were in the middle of the week while the kids were in school so we kept postponing it.

Everyone??s been such a grump the last few weeks. When asked what they wanted for Christmas, the kids said ??nothing.?? They??ve been bicker with one another more than normal, hubby and I have been crabby and even the animals have been in a rather foul mood lately.

Friday, hubby surprised us all and came home with a tree. Granted it??s three weeks late but by the time we were done decorating it, everyone was in a much better mood. We have even shared a few meals now without a single cross word! Today is more of the same, everyone laughing and sharing jokes and the kids asked earlier to decorate the rest of the house.

I guess I didn??t realize just how much that little tree meant to all of us until we didn??t have one.

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3 Responses to “Scrooge has left the house!”
  1. Mara B. says:

    I haven’t had a live tree since I was a kid. We’ve almost always had artificial ones. However, I have to admit, we don’t have it even taken out of storage yet. I’m not in a Christmas-y mood, but I’m not sure if the lack of a tree is the problem.

    I’m glad things are looking up at your house, though, Mel. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

  2. Annette Elton says:

    I love that the tree made a difference! That’s fantastic. It reminds us that the little things really are important, though family traditions aren’t little things. They’re what help us identify with the world and feel secure. I’m so glad you found a tree! Merry Christmas!

  3. I’m so glad to know you all got a tree. We don’t buy real tree’s, but I can appreciate how much that would mean to someone who was used to real tree’s. We get to see our neighbors real tree hanging out in their backyard for months after Christmas, though. LOL