Not Exactly Hallmark Moments

It was only yesterday that we managed to decorate our Christmas tree. I’m sure we get the prize for being the last on the block. Really, I don’t have an excuse. As I write this, there are only four days to spare before Christmas. I admit I’m a bit delayed this year. Okay, really delayed…like I’ve never been this delayed in all my life!

But I have to tell you, there’s something about waiting until the last minute that takes the pressure off. The burden is no longer to make it just so, but for it to just “be.”

I always looked forward to decorating as a kid, and growing up in a household of six kids, there were always many hands for the job. My two boys lost interest after placing just a few ornaments. Instead, they became consumed with dancing to Christmas music and petting the cat. Capturing the moment was lost because my phone died. The family photo was out anyway, because my son paraded around in his boxers. But yet the tree got decorated, with me pining away at ornaments past. It probably took a bit longer is all.

A few treasured ornaments from friends:

Angels
Angels
Flying Dancing Girl
Flying Dancing Girl
Flamingo
Flamingo

And this, the scribbled cutout my son made when he was two:

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I will never part with this.

The decorating is complete!

Applause, applause.
Applause. Applause.

There our little artificial tree stood, sparkling and crooked, not surprising since most things are a bit off-center in our house. I guess it goes without saying that our tree would follow suit. Of course, this can be fixed with a particular viewpoint and willing tilt of the head. No matter, our forward-slanting tree is simply eager to live in our house and participate in Christmas. That’s all.

Unfortunately, we let our eager tree down by miscalculating its placement, and so we couldn’t open the shutters to show off its loveliness to the world. After it was all decorated, we had to move the delicate tree…and it tipped over. My husband desperately tried to save the falling tree, but it was too heavy.

It was too late.

It crashed to the ground.

We lost half the ornaments.

I shrieked and fell to the floor.

A disaster, and this only moments after completing the decorating.

But a few twists of its legs, and it’s fixed. Crooked it will be.

Just a bit tilty...or maybe it's me.
Just tilt you head and the tree magically straightens! You don’t believe that it’s tilty, do you?…Maybe it is me.

We’ve come a long way. This was our very first Christmas tree, twenty-three years ago:

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It can fit anywhere.

And this pile filled with decorations to dress up the house will probably be scooped up and put back in the box from whence it came. Yep.

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Maybe Santa can stay.

This shelf, usually reserved for my winter wonderland, has been transformed into my son’s trinket museum. We already had one fight over this months ago, with him ending in tears. My son rarely cries. No, we’ll let this one go, too.

Well, there is the Nutcracker....and Spooky Halloween Man.
There is the Christmas Nutcracker. But let’s not forget, Spooky Halloween Man.

My winter wonderland will be merged into one shelf. The frog really doesn’t care where he plays his guitar, and it really doesn’t matter to me either.

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And, you don’t need snow for a Winter Wonderland. Who says?

No matter where you are celebrating the holidays…

May you be surrounded by beaming hearts full of laughter, and
may the joy of the season fill you with love and light,
and remain with you now and throughout the New Year.

(If you needed a Hallmark moment, I just gave you one!)

Hallmark moments or not, I truly hope that you are celebrating all that is right at this moment in your world. That’s what counts.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Take one, please....I've been eating too many!
Take one, please….I’ve been eating too many!

With love,
Amy

 

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50 thoughts on “Not Exactly Hallmark Moments

  1. Haha – a touch of National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation going on in your house this year? 😉 I too love all the special ornaments that get built up over the years, that have some meaning to them – Even though I admire people that can create one of those fabulous department store looking trees in their house with perfect gold bows tied on every branch (or whatever) instead of ornaments, give me my mish mash chaotic tree any day!

    A very Merry Christmas Amy to you and your family! 🙂

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    1. Vanessa, I would need instructions on how to accomplish the department store tree. I’m sure I would muck it up somehow! The ornaments are one of the best parts. I have lots of memories tied to them. Even the ones I don’t, I like to see them again. Yay to chaotic trees!

      Thanks. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Vanessa!

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    1. Oh, yay!!! I’m not late at all then. Here, they put them up the day after Thanksgiving which this year fell on November 27th. I’ve been looking at decorations for a month now. Thanks so much. I bet it’s beautiful in Germany with all your decorations. You have lots of great traditions. Do you do the shoes outside the door? Merry Christmas to you!

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  2. Flying Dancing Girl gets the blue ribbon. Aren’t tree ornaments the best? Each one recalls a specific feeling.

    No pic of the felled tree? It would have created a dramatic arc. Every good story needs a dramatic arc.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for all the visits and comments over the year. Much appreciated.

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    1. Isn’t Flying Dancing Girl wonderful? She’s from one of my dear friends, who is also a dancer. We choreographed and danced in my shows together. So, it’s very special.

      No pic! No, I didn’t even think of it. It was way too chaotic, plus my phone was out. My camera is lost. Such a pity. That would have been a good arc. I suppose I could have tipped it over and reenacted the scene. Not! Ha ha.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family. It’s been a pleasure to read your posts! Likewise, thanks for reading and commenting over here.

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  3. It fell. 😦 But I can tell you still have the Christmas spirit, Amy, and that’s what counts and what your family will remember. I decorate the house and get the tree. Bill and the girls decorate it…and I get the unenviable job of putting all those ornaments back again, much more work and less fun than taking them out. I think the best thing about ornaments are the memories attached to them and when our girls are finally out on their own for Christmas, they’ll have many ornaments that will go with them (and we’ll still have plenty!)

    A merry Christmas and blessed 2015 to you and your family, Amy.

    janet

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    1. It fell! Oh well! We saved it and managed to spruce it up as good as new. The Christmas spirit is what counts, and spending time with your loved ones. I always look forward to decorating still. I guess we were just so busy this year with school concerts and things. Every time we had a window of possibility for decorating it was decided we’d do it tomorrow! The ornaments are little treasures. I have lots of favorites now! I’m not even going to think about putting the stuff away, but there will be less than last year, since I put less up!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, Janet!

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  4. I like your collection of ornaments and decorations. This year we didn’t decorate at home really since we were traveling to my parents’ house. Now, we’re here and it’s all a lot more Christmassy. (I’d take a cookie, but I’ve been eating nonstop since we’ve gotten here, I swear, so I don’t need any more sweets. 🙂 )

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    1. Thank you, David. I have lots of goodies, many I’m quite attached to. It’s always fun to look at ornanments again. It’s like opening presents! How nice that you are spending the holiday with your parents. We’re planning to see family pre-Christmas this year. Thanks for your Christmas card, David. I loved it! I have one in the mail to you. I hope it doesn’t get there late. I have more cookies to make! But, I’m not going to eat as many of these ones. 🙂

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    1. Ha ha! Crooked trees have more character, I’d say. It’s more real when it’s crooked. Yeah, we could have lots of different angles on this one. Merry Christmas, Jackie! I love your little table top tree. 🙂

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  5. Oh, to see your tree topple over. Yikes. Hopefully none of your ornaments broke. There are so many memories in our Christmas decorations, aren’t there? I’m normally not a collector of things and don’t hold much sentimental value for objects, but with Christmas ornaments, it’s different. We’ve bought one for every year my husband and I have been married, and it’s fun to go through the years via the ornaments. It’s easy to see when the kids entered the picture. That’s when the Sesame Street ones first appeared and then morphed into superheroes, Star Wars, etc. 🙂

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    1. It was a bit of panicked moment, Carrie, when I saw it fall. At that point, you know you can’t save it. It’s just going to fall! It was okay. Nothing broke, and I put them all back on pretty quickly. Good as new! I’m the same way. I don’t like collecting either, but with ornaments it’s different. I am very sentimental about them, especially the ones that the kids made. They’re precious. That’s a great tradition you have with your husband. I’d like to do that. Not that we don’t enough! That’s cool that your ornaments tell a story.

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  6. Happy Holidays, Amy! Our tree fell over one year… what a moment! I hope to never see that again! Admittedly, I sure do wish I could actually have one of those cookies right now… clearly my gluten free diet has gone to shit anyway! Happy holidays to you and yours. xox

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    1. Happy Holidays, Dawn! I guess it’s not too surprising that a tree falls over saddled with all these ornaments! Artificial or not. There’s no stopping the falling tree. When it happens, it’s like watching it in slow motion. There’s not much you can do but put the ornaments back on. It’s hard to diet during the holidays. That’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. Enjoy! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family. xoxo

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Dianne! Yes, definitely one of those “Oh nooooo” moments. There’s no stopping it. It just has to complete its course. Thanks. So far so good. It’s still standing. 🙂

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      1. yep. done and done. I can hardly wait until next semester, but relaxing until then is what I fully intend to do. I had surgery last week. So, no driving or housework for me. Of course, walking is allowed on an as needed basis. Laughing, actually trying not to laugh seems to be my biggest challenge now.

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      2. Congrats on being done! You deserve the rest. And surgery?! Definitely rest. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and healing time. I guess try not to laugh, at least for now. 🙂

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  7. Sorry it’s taken me so long to visit. I’m on your coast now and in family mode. Your crooked tree looks like fine folk art to me and I’m sure the cookies are scrumptious. Merry Christmas, Amy!

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    1. Fine folk art. I love it! It did the job, V, and it was quite cozy. I put up some other lights around the place, too. It looked festive enough! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family. The weather has been a bit rainy for you! Merry Christmas, Virginia! Enjoy.

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  8. Amy, I’m sorry I missed this first time round. I have so much catching up to do but my chaos seems to have a mind of its own.
    My favourite is your “Believe” Angels. I collect “Believe” items and surround myself with favourites. The Christmas “Believes” stay out all year long. I always say, “I don’t care what you believe in as long as you believe in something”.

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    1. I hope the chaos from your life is leaving you, Michelle. Chaos has never been my friend.
      Oh, I love that your favorite is the “Believe” Angels. I just got that ornament this year from a dear friend. I hope she saw it posted on my blog. 🙂 I know I believe in angels and that they have saved me from near death on more than one occasion. They have my attention now.

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