I LOVE Christmas time. Ask anyone. I literally live for the crismases; I get it from Abuela. However, I will never understand why I never ever have the tree done before the 23rd. I should be one of those people whose tree is up right after Thanksgiving, yet I’m not. Buying and decorating the tree is a PROCESS in my house…although the house itself gets decorated right after Thanksgiving. See?
Let me explain.
When I went away to college, and came back for my first Christmas (1990) I came home to a house with no Christmas tree. WTF? Mami had gone on strike. Since we were now adults, she would not be putting up any more trees. If I wanted a Christmas tree then I had to do it myself. Fine, I said.
Next day I took Mami and Abuela to the Old San Juan docks and bought our first NATURAL Christmas tree and decorated it by myself. I think that is when I figured out I worked best under pressure. Ever since that day, it is rare if my tree is ever decorated before the 20. Actually, I think hell would freeze over if that ever happened.
To top things off, I have very bad luck buying trees. It turns out every year I buy a thicker, fuller tree than the year before. And, since I am sooooo picky, that means buying extra lights and decorations every year.
Our first year in Rhode Island we even did the “cut your own tree” thing. I have to admit, it was a lot of fun – yet again, it was a fat tree.
Last year, when I found myself stringing eight, yes you read right eight, 100+ lights strings I swore that it would never happen again.
It took some searching, but this year we did find a Fir that is not so thick and whose branches are not so close together.
Six strings this year. Two of which are 150 lights. Sigh. Turns out the branches extend out farther…..so it still needs more lights. It takes me one whole day just to put the lights on – why do I have to be so picky?
Lucky for me I always have coquito on hand. There is no fun in decorating without coquito for the breaks!
Sunday we put up the lights – that’s another thing, it is a spousal endeavor so I have to wait until Alan is available. You see we have this tradition, every time I put up a string of lights, Alan takes a picture of the tree and me signing how many strings we have. Corny yes, but it is a nice record to have.
Today (the 23rd) we finally decorated the tree, and I have to say it looks wonderful!
I hate the fact pictures never really show what the tree really looks like, but at least you can get an idea.