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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas in My House

That first Christmas that everything was up to me, I was all for dispensing with having a Christmas tree. My kids would have none of it.

So we got the tree, struggled it home, wrestled it into the stand, and dragged it inside. We set it up in a corner of the living room. We put the lights on it and got going putting on several bazillion ornaments.

When a Christmas tree stands in a corner, roughly only 2/3 of its circumference is actually decorate-able, a fact that wasn’t immediately obvious to me until...
... I heard my four-year-old calling me from under the tree. It had tipped under the weight of 19 years’ worth of ornaments, and she had caught it, all two feet of her.
So I put an eye bolt in the wall and – because I had no fishing line - secured the tree with dental floss.
Ever since, we bring in the tree and I guy-wire that sucker to the wall.

The eye bolt stays right where I put it in the living room wall, year round, reminding me to do the best I can with this Christmas thing, specifically, and the rest of the calendar, in general… and that my best is good enough.
Is there a little tip or story you could share from your family's experiences throughout the years during the holidays?

Contributed by Elaine Jack, Assistant Editor, Today's Family magazine.


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