Christmas Trees Are Evergreens for a Reason

by martha on January 5, 2011

It’s a great day in the McBride household.  The beloved son has returned from a holiday visit to his Dad’s.  I picked him up from the airport, we stopped by a new “gourmet” burger joint, and he even spent about 20 minutes here at the house with me before heading out to see the friends he so desperately missed during his one-week absence.

During that precious 1/3 hour, we had this notable exchange.  I hope it will help absolve me, should you come by our house any time soon.

Kid: I’m so glad the tree is still up.

Me: I know you like it. I saved it for you.

Kid: We should leave it up all year long.


Kid: I’m serious.

Me (still thinking I’m merely playing along with a joke): We could decorate it with little hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Kid: Yeahhhhh…. I was thinking we could just leave it lit up and take off the decorations, but your idea is better.

Me: And shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, colored eggs for Easter, little flags for Memorial Day and leave them up for Independence Day, and little hard hats and work gloves for Labor Day, and pumpkins for Halloween and little turkeys for Thanksgiving!

Kid: Wanna do it?  Let’s do it!

Me: Why?

Kid: Just think. We’d never have to take it down.

Me: And we’ll be the crazy Christmas tree people like some old ladies I know. It will be weird.

Kid: I don’t know. It makes me happy to look at it.

Me: Okay. We can keep it up. (I’m clearly a sucker for his happiness.)

Kid (reflecting on it making him happy to look at it): I wonder if that will change…

So now he’s off with his friends and I’m looking at the tree with different eyes.  It’s a total affront to my anti-clutter mentality. But, if I put away the stockings and other knickknacks and I take off all the decorations…

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Cindy January 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I sure do not envy your decision! I, myself, can hardly stand to see an unlit Christmas tree. (I leave the artificial tree on 24/7, but sometimes my hubby unplugs it. ) But, a tree with just the lights could certainly be nice.

I’m thinking he is expressing that he is happy to be home, and happy that it “still seems like Christmas”. Which is a lot to smile about!

Amy Warden January 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Too cute. I love your writing style. Probably because you write like you talk – as evidenced by the script. LOL!

martha January 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Cindy, I think you’re right. 🙂

martha January 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Thank you! Yes! I even have a little reminder sign in my office “WLYT” 🙂 I appreciate the compliment. It means a lot.

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