Monday, December 20, 2010

O' Christmas Tree, O' Christmas Tree....

Though I don't live in the official "Sunshine State", California is known for being in the 70's and sunny on Christmas day. While it may warm up before Christmas, it's been raining steadying for a week. Not hard downpours, but just a steady drizzle. At first, it felt odd for it to be cloudy all day, but I must say, I've adjusted. Now, I'm enjoying this little taste of winter.

But my blog isn't about the weather. It's about this crazy journey that is my life!

My roommate and his girlfriend helped me pick out a pine tree, but we didn't look close enough at the trunk, so it took a lot of doing to get it standing. While I was happy to do it myself, I really appreciate his need to feel like a man -because it saved me a couple of hours with a handsaw! My Sailor offered to do it when he comes out, but I prefered not to wait until the 22nd to get it standing.

So here is my first (and only) Christmas tree in the condo!

I've learned something from this experience too.
People obsess way too much about their tree.

So my tree has a couple of little bald spots in the bottom.

Who cares?

I've never heard of someone honestly going over to someone's house for the holidays and said, "You know, your tree has a gap there."
I mean, seriously - It's a tree. It's one of the most stunningly complex systems in nature. It makes my home smell awesome piney fresh. The lights look like little droplets of magic sparkling away. I'm sure it will provide lots of fun and great memories as my Sailor and I trim it in a few days.

Sure, it's not "perfect". But define perfect? Even Charlie Brown's tree is heartwarming to most.

Since there is a very good chance this will be my last tree in California for a while, I'm loving every minute of it.

Thanks to my friends, my house has already been filled with laughter, love, and warmth this holiday season. I'm looking foward to what the rest of the year has in store as I make plans with my family.

And as for the bike - I'm hearing rumors that it might be my birthday present!

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