Christmas is my favorite time of year! What matters most? Being with family, of course, touching base with friends, and always enjoying…Christmas trees.
The first year I was married my husband and I bought a small, scraggly-looking, last-minute tree from a stand in midtown Manhattan. We put it on a table in the corner of our first little apartment--and thought it was the best thing ever. I wish I had a picture handy, but think Charlie Brown.
Small or big trees, I love them all. This season my main tree will stand in the living room in front of the windows.
A four-footer will decorate a table in my office, although I tend to move it around from year to year. It's partly a tribute to my mother-in-law to whom it belonged, and she too loved sparkly trees. Another tree, about three feet in height, always sits in the middle of my dining room table. Ditto for the little tree I've had forever that will take its place again on top of the family room piano.
A few years ago I bought one of those hang-on-the-wall trees--anyone tried that?--but it's still in the box. I thought it would take just one picture hanger. Instead, the sneaky directions tell me I need two, one for each vertical half of the tree (!), and I haven't figured out how to line up the parts and hooks on my newly painted wall.
I collect even smaller trees too, and each year I try to add another to my ever-growing collection. This season I'm making a small forest of these miniature trees in my office on a table. Should be good inspiration for the Christmas novella I'm writing for next year.
For me, Christmas trees--and lights, lots of lights--help make the holiday special. Magical. I like nothing better than to curl up in the evening on the sofa with a nice glass of wine, all the room lights out, the mantel and tree lit, and through the windows the nighttime view of the twinkling lights in the valley below. Ahh, I can already feel the stress of holiday shopping, baking, and sending last minute gifts start to ease off.
And for those who prefer multi-colored lights, here is my older son's tree.
Because I spent Thanksgiving in Connecticut then Massachusetts with both sons and their families, I'll be staying home for Christmas. Thank goodness for FaceTime.
What's your favorite part of Christmas? Do you live near family? And if not, and/or some people you loved are gone, how has that changed your celebration of the season?
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.