There are a lot of bloggers talking about their Christmas trees right now, and a lot of them are not happy campers! Here are a few topics being discussed right now: Kids having to play with the tree ornaments. Dogs tipping over the Christmas tree. Broken tree ornamants. Frustrated Mom's having to redecorate the tree. True, simple Christmas joys.
So I began remembering Christmases past:
My cats tipping over my Christmas tree every day for the entire season when they were kittens (I say "kittens" loosely, as they were 8 months old).
Babysitting for other moms while they worked, and having three two year olds fondling my tree ornaments and undecorating the tree constantly.
Having little ones trying to unwrap the presents the minute they were under the tree.
Because I had at least one little child in my home for 17 years, last year was such a treat when I could actually decorate the tree the full length and put wrapped presents under the tree. You see, typically I decorated my tree on the highest 2/3 of the tree and left the last little bit bare. I figured that is what was going to happen anyway, and I might as well spare my ornaments in the first place. AND I stayed up wrapping all of the gifts that had been hidden in cars, trailers, under the bed, etc. on Christmas eve, when I could finally put the gifts under the tree. It didn't really make for a very awake Mama on Christmas day.
But you know what? I'm not really out of the woods yet, and probably never will be. My oldest just turned 18. I have a 16 year old daughter, too. I will be able to enjoy the Christmas tree and presents for now, but in just a few years there will be grandbabies and I will start all over again. Hurray! Because you know what? Children are more adorable at Christmastime than any beautifully decorated Christmas tree will ever be. Remind me of that in about 5 years, will you?? ;-)