It’s December 10th really and we haven’t even put our tree up. I was at Target today and saw a pinkish fake tree on one sale for $69 and I was ‘this’ close to buying it but pictured Jed giving me a ‘whatthewhat’ look when he came home to the homage to Avon sitting in the middle of our living room. Living with four women is pink enough.
But my dream is to own a true vintage pink flocked tree. Let me know if you’re getting rid of one.
In the meantime we will still buy a real tree – typically we go out and cut down a Christmas tree when it’s about 25 below zero – because that’s a fun holiday tradition with three kids.
But no matter if we cut down a tree or talk Jed into a pink one – a tree has yet to enter our living room. Nor any decorations and the elf will not move this year…because he’s tired of this job.
I also haven’t started Christmas shopping and honestly just realized that Christmas is just two weeks away.
And it’s not like I’m not in the Holiday Spirit. I am. I just don’t have time for the extra things – decorating, shopping, baking cookies, hanging mistletoe. And I wonder if we could push it all out until January.
The weird thing though is that my kids haven’t even asked about the tree – if or when we are getting one – or even about decorating and baking.
It’s strange when your kids get bigger and they have other things going on – school, dance, sports, friends, homework, etc…and they don’t just sit at home begging for Christmas crafts and activities(thank god).
Their Christmas lists remain empty(except for the talking scale). So daily I pester them to give me ideas..to which they reply “Meh, I’m good.”
So instead I’m planning a shopping trip for all of us for Toys For Tots this weekend and I’m thankful this season that there’s not one thing in a catalog they are asking for this year.
I think of simple days – of one or two gifts – not the tens that kids can get today – or the hundreds of dollars spent.
I love my friends who do four gifts for each child – “Something she wants, something she needs, something to wear and something to read” – and I know my girls would love this idea.
Simple like a pink aluminum tree on sale at Target right now.
Now I just need to convince Jed that I haven’t lost my mind.