I guess I need to go buy a tree after all

It’s been about eight years since I’ve ‘done’ Christmas. By that I mean put up a tree, hang the decorations, deck the halls and all that jazz. I’ve been to Christmas parties, sure, but have for the most part boycotted the whole damn thing, presents, tree and all.

But now that I have a kid, I might have to shed the Scrooge McDuck disguise and put on a Santa hat instead. Tis the season to be merry, right?

Last night we went to a friend’s place to help put her tree. The Kid didn’t know what to make of it — last year for Christmas we were in Thailand having Christmas lunch with my father and a rag-tag team of retirees and their retired ex-prostitute girlfriends. So this was her first time to see lights, Christmas balls, stockings, and dancing toys that play Christmas tunes. And she absolutely loved it.

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I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas, but I have to admit it was fun helping my friend put up the tree. It might have something to do with the fact that we were blasting parang and drinking Sangria and dancing in the living room. So I’m afraid that after all these years of boycotting all of the bad things that Christmas has become — long lines in the supermarkets, stress, overspending on gifts no one wants, traffic on the roads, environmental waste — I’m going to do a small, minimalist Christmas this year, tree and all.

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3 Replies to “I guess I need to go buy a tree after all”

  1. Christmas gets less and less every year as there are less people. Christmas is about spending time with friends and family. I have hardly any gifts to buy this year. It is good to not take it on at all. However, I had the children here for 3 days and of course they said that we had to do the tree. So much work. Want to wrap it in plastic and put it away when it is all done. All those plastic bags and branches and lights. Had to go buy 2 new strings again this year. Wes looking to give away the damn tree and go to excellent stores and get a mini one. However, as I said before , it was worth the trouble as it looks lovely. We found old decorations and crochet bells and snow flakes Family. And I had help putting it up.

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  2. I also remember that Chloe had to decide about having a tree as she was half Jewish and half Christian . Kids had a fit. But they went the Jewish way. At the time the kids were pissed because no tree and gifts.

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  3. Forgot to ask about the protests going on for SO long in HK. Do you go down town? Does it just look worse on tv?

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