i need a little christmas

I am ready to put up my Christmas tree. I want my house to smell and feel like Christmas right now, not because I am actually ready for the tangible part of Christmas, but because I am ready for the intangible part.

I grew up back east, where nobody had an artificial tree. It was considered blasphemy. It was considered treason. It was a crime worse than you can imagine. But I am a westerner now, and green things are scarce here, so give me the fake tree! Give me the tree I don't have to water twenty times a day because it sucks it up like a big straw. Give me a tree that can stay up for two months and make me happy.

My plan is to come home from Thanksgiving dinner in Salt Lake at my sister-in-law's house, and sit beside my tree. Sure, the kids and my husband can join me if they want, but nothing will sway me from my plan. I will lie on my back and close my eyes and look at the colored lights through my eye lids. I will put on The Messiah and dream of world peace and good will. I will not concern myself with presents and money needing to be spent. I will do my best to get in the right spirit. The spirit of unconditional love.

Gimme gimme...

10 comments

Heidi Ashworth | November 16, 2008 at 7:00 PM

It sounds soooooo good right now to me too! You really capture the feeling. Sigh. We have a fake one because we are all allergic but I really miss that smell and all the associated memories. BTW, the comments your husband wrote on falling are divine. I especially love that last line. Pure poetry!

Heather of the EO | November 16, 2008 at 7:55 PM

You're the best. (:
I love the way you think! I don't know what else to say...

This is how we should all look at Christmas, no?

I LOVE what you added to my post about falling today. LOVE it so much. Thank you for sharing it!

berlinwritergirl | November 16, 2008 at 8:40 PM

All my life I had a fresh tree since we put real candles on it, but as you say they are harder to find now and so we have an artifical one now, but I can't wait to put it up! Good Luck with your plan.

LisAway | November 17, 2008 at 1:24 AM

Oh, me too!! I'm feeling so ready! We always decorate the day after Thanksgiving so it's coming pretty soon, but I'm not sure if it's soon enough!

rach | November 17, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Ohhh, I can't wait to do that too! Oh, and you can just light up a pine tree candle to get you feeling like it's the real thing too!;) Glad you found me my friend and blogger friend!

Heather | November 17, 2008 at 7:31 PM

I love looking at the lights through my eyelids too.

Rustin, Erin and Morgan | November 17, 2008 at 8:42 PM

So, I've been listening to Josh Groban's Christmas CD for WEEKS for the same reason! I had a friend who's family believed you shouldn't listen to Christmas music (or do anything 'Christmas-y') before Thanksgiving, because it would overshadow that also-important holiday...but I think it's great, because there's really no such thing as "Thanksgiving music", or a "Thanksgiving Tree", right?? And besides, The real spirit of Christmas always makes me more thankful, anyway...

Miss Brandy | November 18, 2008 at 8:19 PM

If you do it I'll do it.

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel | November 19, 2008 at 2:10 AM

I want Christmas, too. And your excitement is contagious. I've had a fake tree for 10 years now. I have allergies, and it's hard to remember to water the live ones and dry Cristmas trees=fire hazard. I don't want to worry about that when all I want to do is enjoy the season.

Curly | November 21, 2008 at 3:53 PM

I have already decorated. Each year at the end of November I host a Christmas card making party. I use it as an excuse to decorate early. This year I used all my decorations on the basement! I need to shop for more big stuff. I don't need anymore knick knacky creatures!