I have spent years schooling myself on the ins and outs of decorating a Christmas tree by watching countless hours of HGTV Christmas specials.
I’ve pored over magazines and studied the nuances of the perfect tree.
I’ve read tips like:
string lights on every branch, and put the garland on before you start hanging ornaments on the tree.
I’ve heard that you should
swag beaded garland and weave ribbon ever so delicately so as not to pinch the branches.
And I learned this year that your supposed to
start with your favorite ornaments first. Then, place the big ornaments on the tree, and last, fill in with smaller ornaments.
Then, there’s the zig-zag method for evenly spacing out the ornaments. Oh, and tuck some of the ornaments in the tree to create depth.
The only thing I know for sure is that I don’t have it figured out. What happened to the days of circling the tree as you wind the lights around it?
When I was growing up, we literally threw on silver icicles, added candy canes (that was the very special part that we saved til last), and had four kids worth of handmade ornaments that covered the tree.
I wish I could find a picture of one of our Christmas trees. It was probably ugly as sin. But, not to us. To us, it was beautiful. And it was the same, every year.
We used to lay under the tree and stare up at the twinkling lights. And we would pull the string on the big red ball and listen to it play silent night as it inched its way back up.
Every year, one of us had a turn at being the one that Dad lifted up to the top of the tree where we’d proudly place the star. Now you can use branches, feathers, berries, and bows. Does anyone use a star anymore?
Oh, the memories. Christmas was so much simpler then. Of course, my parents would probably beg to differ. I know for certain that sometimes they had barely laid their heads on the pillow before the four of us clambered all over them begging to open presents.
I wonder what my daughter’s memories will be?
See you in class,