Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Every Thanksgiving my mom gives all the grandchildren Christmas ornaments. Wesley's collection is mostly Hallmark's Star Trek series. Will gets the Hallmark Train collection ornaments. Anna loves her Princess and Barbie collectable ornaments. It is fun and will be a great keepsake for them over the years. The problem is our tree decorating gets a bit......territorial. Each person wanting their own prominent space on the tree. We do fill in all around with a hodge podge of ornaments from many years, no two alike and certainly no "theme" that makes sense. We do love our odd tree though. The trains pretty much keep to themselves. However, the princesses and Trekies do not get along at all! Is not out of the question for our tree decorating to turn a little ugly....in spite of the holiday music playing in the background. But really isn't that all part of family bonding! We are all still friends when the decorating is over and we enjoy the tree all season. There may be some midnight moving of certain ornaments that might be too close to the opposing territory. One of the III Musketeer Barbie's (who wields a sword) seems to get within striking range of Captain Kirk when no one is looking, and then a certain someone does not allow anyone to touch anything from other galaxies, even though some of them have flashing lights and make spaceship sounds. All's well that ends well. I threatened this year to get three separate smaller trees for them to put up in the living room and thus claim the biggest tree in the family room for myself. They loved the idea! Wesley wants silver, Will would like red and Anna would choose purple....a color the boys insist has nothing to do with Christmas......thus starting just another happy disagreement. Besides, our head guy, the one who most often is in charge of hauling trees (we have a few already) from the attic and basement...then back again.....says we have quite enough, thank you. Merry Christmas from our family to yours!