The kids started appearing and tree cutting included sleigh rides, hot chocolate (maybe a little baileys for the adults). The real tree stayed with us until around 1996, by then the boys were playing rep hockey and every boxing day we were off to one tournament or another. Andrew in Niagara, David in Brantford. Jim with one of the boys and Rachel and I with the other. The whole time we were away I was paranoid about the tree, so with a little cajoling we replaced it with the artificial tree we still have today.
|Yes my kids are bigger than the tree, this was 2002|
Another transition happened this year when I moved the tree into the kitchen. Every year we did the inevitable move all the furniture around to fit the tree into the proper corner in the family room. It made it into 3 out of the 4 corners over the years. Yes we had the inevitable crashes in the night as the tree fell down which led to nails in the ceiling to hold it up. After one tree falling 3 times, Rachel, who was 5 at the time, said it might stand up better if the bottom was cut straight. Out of the mouth of babes. Then there was the year it was too tall and Jim just snipped off the beautiful top. Screams of anguish where was the angel going to go. The kids are now 25 to 30 and there were still a few gasps when they saw that I had moved the tree into the kitchen. I love it where it is, yes I can't stare it at all night, but every time I head to the bathroom, I am surprised when I see the tree and a little gasp escapes me at how beautiful it looks and the magic it holds.
4 of the most important events in my life are on my Christmas Tree - my wedding and the birth of my children, and no matter how old my children get they still fight over whose decoration is closet to the top of the tree.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could get a Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup ball to match our Toronto Blue Jays World Series Championship from 1992. Maybe not this year.
Still a few decorations left from my crafting days. The kids loved the bubble gum decorations even though I wouldn't let them eat the bubble gum.
New friends who have become old friends and old friends who have been rediscovered now have a special place on my tree and new and old memories combine.
A treasured decoration on our tree spent their first years on Granma's tree.
Merry Christmas everyone, may it be full of laughter, tears of joy and new and old memories as you gather around your Christmas Trees.