For a few days now, many of my overachieving friends on Facebook and the like have been posting (and pondering) about decorating their Christmas trees. Now, normally, I’d be over the moon about decorating early, but this year, I can barely even wrap my brain around brining or not brining our turkey!

Christmas tree 2006

I’m all about focusing on Thanksgiving before  strategizing the whole Christmas decorating extravaganza. This year will be quite tricky with decorating, considering the amount of toys that occupy our already crowded space. However, once we put away all the turkey leftovers, I’ll be on to the next task at hand. By Friday evening, I imagine we’ll be playing Tetris with our furniture and kid paraphernalia to make room for the lovely greenery.

In years past, I’ve been very Monica from Friends about the tree. For no good reason, I’m pretty particular about the tree and decorations. It’s not over the top or anything, I just like the decorations a certain way!  We insist on getting a real tree, even with all the needles and upkeep.  And when I say WE, I mean me. Poor Jeff is the one that lugs the tree up and down our steep steps, all in the name of Christmas decor!
In terms of theme, I try to color coordinate jewel tones and keep it modern. I have lots of disco balls and similar sparkly ornaments. We have a smaller optical lighted tree that I’ve reserved as the “kid” tree, since I’m so anal about the big tree. I hope Jack will get a kick out of having his own place for all the kiddie ornaments (read: unbreakable) and school crafted goodies in the future! I’ve gotten most of our Christmas decorations from those Target after-Christmas clearance sales, so we’ve got enough lights and decorations to make even Clark Griswold wince. In the past, we reserved the decorations only for our main living space. But since I have a little more time on my hands (not really,) I’m going to try to decorate the entire place.
And yes, we live in a 1br apartment. We City folk have to be resourceful when it comes to space.
We don’t have any major traditions as far as decorating goes. But once we transition to a bigger home out in the ‘burbs one day, I hope we can start more traditions of our own.

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