Our big holiday dilemma was whether or not we should have a Christmas Tree at home this year. As someone who absolutely loves Christmas festivities, I always feel a bit miffed when people ask me if I actually want to have a tree. Of course I want to have a tree - it’s tradition!
Just like me putting up all the lights on the tree before realizing that the end with the plug is at the top of the tree, not the bottom.
The trip up to the attic to retrieve the ornaments only to inevitably come running back down screaming due to the family of spiders that have made their home in the box of decorations.
The feeling of giddiness and exuberance when family starts arriving in town.
The warmth and coziness of a full house.
The delicious smell of Christmas dinner wafting from the stove and the ever-increasing clatter of family gathered around the fire in the living room.
The short interlude of silence as everyone takes their first bite of a delicious meal.
The intimate conversations held while staving off after-dinner food-induced comas.
The peacefulness of a house full of slumbering, contented guests.
The shrill awakening of the first to realize Santa has actually visited.
The rush to tear open presents.
The smell of morning coffee, ginger-bread men, and candy canes permeating your senses.
The unrestrained excitement and euphoria of someone receiving a coveted gift.
The smiles and chatter as food is packed away in take-home bags.
The slight ache in your chest as people start to say their goodbyes.
The wish for it all to rewind and happen again.
And the annual debate as to who takes the tree down three months after the holiday has already passed.
So this year, I went out to get the Christmas tree on my own. One lost ring, a shirt, tights, and shoes filled with pine needles, hands stained with dirt, and a few gained arm muscles later, and my dream Christmas is about to begin.
As I contemplate my answer to the inevitable Christmas tree question to come next year, I can smile with the knowledge that this cycle will repeat with the same effect even years later.