After a week in the DC area spending Christmas with Katie's family, we made the long 13 hour drive home on Saturday. We were pretty tired and I have to confess, the last 200 miles or so make me irritable and no fun to be around. I keep harping on how it seems the minutes are flying by but the miles are adding up slowly. I just can't help it. It's a major failing to obsess about the end miles.
Anyhow, before we left we made the decision not to put up a tree this year because there wasn't really time and we figured it would be all dried out by the time we got back. But we woke up this morning feeling not too worse for wear and realized without a tree things just didn't seem right. We're one of those families who leave the tree up until Epiphany, January 6, which is the real end of Christmas. The 12 days of Christmas song came from the centuries old custom of celebrating Christmas from the 25th of December until January 6. Epiphany was when the Wise Men made it to Bethlehem.
After discussing tree or no tree, we decided to try and find one. Dale went over to Home Depot for some wood (he's making another outdoor house for our Christmas scene) and when he came back he told me that HD still has Christmas trees. So off I went. After looking at what they had left and finding one I liked I asked a couple of really nice employees if I could still buy a tree and who told me, "yes, you can still buy one and it's possible you can just have one for nothing."
Yay! That's what happened! A free tree. As I was leaving one of the men asked me, "Would you mind my asking what you plan to do with the tree?" hahahahah. So here it is, not as big as most years, but we are quite happy to be able to sit next to the soft lights of Christmas for 10 days.
We're glad we did it. As our 2 year old grandson Jake would say after everything he did, "I did it."
Happy 4th day of Christmas everyone!