Festive not Stresstive!
Let it be said that there's a very good reason that Mr M used to put the tree up and I used to decorate it ...
I wasn't going to put a tree up this year. I'd sprinkled a few festive "bits" around - candles and ornaments - and my friend's Mum had sent me two sparkly festive hedgehogs and it all seemed like enough.
Then yesterday, I sat making little homemade bits to give to people for Christmas and I ran out of ribbon. As I was in the making mood, I decided to venture out to buy more ribbon and the town was busy, and the songs were Christmassy and I bought a little set of battery powered fairy lights to scatter around my TV unit. That was definitely enough.
But it was twelve days before Christmas and that's when we always put the tree up.
I got home and my friend had sent myself and three others a picture of her brand new, stripped from the ground in it's prime, fulfilling it's potential Christmas Tree all potted up and sparcely decorated. I mentioned that I wasn't going to bother putting my tree up this year as it seemed pointless when I'm the only one who will see it. I then received strict instructions to get on with it, the three of them wanted to see it. So there.
I had almost two hours until The X Factor final started, having already decided against going to the Office Christmas party. Loads of time.
I fetched the tree box and the three bags of decorations. I moved the rug to make room for the tree, that's almost the size of my teeny living room. That's Rude Boy's rug ... he was not amused!
I emptied the tree box ... one stand, three chunks of trunk and FORTY TWO BRANCHES! Sweet lord, whoever thought buying this tree was a good idea ... oh right, that will be me!
So for the first time, I set about opening up and attaching 42 branches INDIVIDUALLY. Ugh, I hate DIY ;-) That took longer than the decorating did!
Sitting in my festive living room, watching The X Factor final, I didn't feel particularly festive but I did feel more peaceful. By the time I went to bed, I felt sad again but at least I'm trying. It's all I can do. Now, I'd better wrap some presents to put underneath it! 11 sleeps to go ...
Have you got your decorations up? I'd love to see pictures - why not share your blog posts in the comments below or share your photos on my Facebook wall? :) Christmas is a time for sharing, folks! x