Tomorrow is my birthday…it’s not a big one…not a decade mark, but I am pretty happy to celebrate another year. Both Emily and I have been around the sun a few times though and had never experienced a live Christmas tree. We never had live trees growing up because I am allergic to everything. Of course, I grew up in the woods so I was surrounded by evergreen trees, but they were never in the house. Anyhow, since I have been so sick the last month or so, I decided that a new tree can’t possibly make me feel any worse than I already do.
We loaded up the kids in the van and headed to the Capitol Market in Charleston, one of WV’s best farmer’s markets. This time of year, the sell only one thing…Christmas trees! We wandered through hundreds of trees looking for the cheapest price….erm..I mean the best shaped tree. About 2/3 of the way down the market, we happened upon the cheapest…erm…best shaped…trees. We talked to the folks working there and they told us where their trees were grown (locally) and their price was good so we picked out a tree.
The guy working there ran our tree through the wrapping machine and offered to run Isaac through as well. I told him I would pay him $10 extra to run both kids through but we measured and his machine would not quite handle their size. I bet for $20 he would have made it work.
Anyhow, we tied the tree atop the van and proceeded to cruise over all of the hills and curves back to the house. Neither of us wanted to look back fearing we’d see our tree rolling down the hill towards the next car in line.
We made it home and I manhandled the tree into the house and set it into the new tree stand we bought. The kids cut the tree-wrap into hundreds of tiny pieces that were left strewn about the house. Emily cut the last bit of the wrap as the kids and I cowered in fear of the tree’s opening.
We put lights on the tree and, of course, the kids started to fight. The good news is, they seemed to fight in rhythm with the Christmas carols we had playing so it felt like Christmas indeed!
So far, allergies have not been a factor and I have not yet keeled over dead. I am not any better, but I am not much worse either!
So, do you set up a tree? Live or artificial?