It's that time of year to eat, drink and be merry. Let me tell you, I've been partaking in all of those things. I'm going to try to write this post while in a food coma. I'll just take one more bite of fudge...
Every year we get a real Christmas tree and decorate it in our own eclectic way. I can admire a beautifully put together tree, but it's not our style. We have a collection of ornaments dating back to when I was a baby all the way to the handmade ornaments that our kids have made.
Lilia and Franky always help put up the ornaments and garland, usually in bunches. This year we bought candy canes and I think they ate as many as they hung on those branches. We also buy an ornament (and a magnet!) any time we travel. We forget about them every year and when we decorate they bring back memories of sightseeing and road trips.
When we get our tree home every year, we always notice there's a little something crazy going on. Last year, we had a rogue branch scraping anyone that dared to get too close. The year before that, it looked like a squirrel had been a previous resident in our Fraser Fir. This year, our tree is crooked. If you stand with your head tiled to the left though, you wouldn't even notice.
Growing up, my brother and I used to call these skimpy or quirky trees, Charlie Brown Christmas trees.
We don't have an official star, angel or anything like that to go on top. We talked about buying the perfect tree topper this year, but we didn't come across one that we liked.
With Christmas Eve being tomorrow, Lilia decided to take matters into her own hands. She figured Santa might like a homemade star. So, she made her star, in her own abstract way that she specializes in.
I stood on my tippy toes and placed it on the top. Just when I thought our perfectly crooked tree couldn't get any better, it did. Just like that.
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