Ok... I have finally gotten a little Christmas spirit. The Tree is finally up and decorated. And some cookies baked. But that's as far as I've gotten. (I left my camera at the cabin and these photos were taking with my crummy phone camera)
It continues to amaze me at how 'Traditions" continue to change. No one wants to participate in the decorating any more. We use to make it a family affair. Going to the woods to cut the tree, miles of hiking and precise selection. Then hauling it out, taking it home, getting it in the stand, and decorating. In the back ground you would hear Christmas music and smell Chili cooking. Everyone would be laughing and actually having a good time.
Then came the time where we bought the tree, fussed about setting it up, but still had the family time with music and chili. Now our oldest is grown with a family of her own, youngest is driving and off doing her own thing, foster son grown, in the military and living in Ky, and hubby at the cabin watching the ballgame.
So---- I started my own tradition tonight. I got out the fake pre-lit tree. Set it up and decorated. I was amazed as I hung each of the nearly 100 ornaments how each one of them brought back some kind of memory. The Red Bird on top, the ornaments with photos, the one we got on our honeymoon in Cancun, ones our children made in preschool and elementary school, ones we've bought for the grandchildren, ones my Mother always had on her tree, and my silly ropes of pearls. I actually enjoyed decorating the tree by myself. No one fussed about where I put what, or how long it was taking. Now they will all come in and say ..... Wow... that looks good! And everyone will be happy that it is all done.