Two years ago for our first married Christmas together, Doug and I bought a Douglas fir from a local tree farm. We thought that was rather appropriate! In our early marital bliss we vowed that it would be one of our standing Christmas traditions to buy a Douglas fir every year. Last year we got a Scotch pine. This year we have a Fraser fir. What can I say? They were cheaper and better than the Douglas firs we found. So much for that tradition. :)
One tradition that I do like to hold to is the way we decorate our tree—no “themes” allowed! I am not a big fan of Christmas trees that match. By that I mean the lights match the ornaments that match the garland that match the tinsel that match the tree skirt and on and on. They’re nice, but they’re too stiff for my taste. I don’t like “rules” for my Christmas tree! That doesn’t mean I choose clashing colors and obnoxious ornaments. I just like a simple, traditional tree with lots of white lights, an array of brightly colored bulbs, maybe some garland and such, and most importantly lots of ornaments that mean something to us. The ones that spark great memories like the lighthouse from St. Augustine where we got married, or the cute little mouse holding a key for our first house, or the one that says “Coach” from the boys in Doug’s church basketball league. We don’t have a huge amount of these meaningful ornaments yet, but I’m looking forward to growing our collection. And hopefully someday we’ll have kids adding their own handmade creations. (Since I’m pretty sure those won’t match anything, I’ll be ready for them!)
How and when do you decorate your Christmas tree? Do you put it up just before Christmas, or have you had it up since November 1? Maybe somewhere in between? Do you like to do theme trees? Maybe all one color or a patriotic theme? You know what’s great about Christmas trees? There are no rules and no deadlines. Everyone’s different, and that’s okay because you can decorate your tree however and whenever you want!
Unlike Christmas trees that you set your own plan and schedule for, books are planned and scheduled by your editors. It’s a big job to oversee them from start to finish, and every date we set for each step of the process is important. A big, merry thank you to all of you who consistently meet those deadlines! It does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate it so much!