I’m in need of some serious Christmas inspiration. And I have chosen you, yes you, to help. Somehow it seems that when I wasn’t paying attention, all of the other Christmas decorations in our neighborhood went up. Lights, trees, ornaments…the whole shebang just suddenly appeared. Quietly and overnight…and early! Seriously, I hadn’t even removed our pumpkins yet!
So I waited (read here, stalled). “Later,” I said to myself. “I’ll put them up later….at a more traditional time.” But then I realized that I didn’t really know when that “more traditional time” was. Perhaps this is because I had lived overseas for so long that I have lost perspective. Or maybe there was another reason. When did we put our tree up last year? I couldn’t remember. But I was now trapped in my overthinking and my procrastination.
So, I asked Siri. She’d know for sure. With her usual perky tone, Siri led me to a page that declared that December 24 was the ‘traditional” time for many Christians to put up their Christmas Trees. Hmmm, I’m pretty sure that most of the decorated trees in our neighborhood will be ready to be taken down around then. And I’m positive that there will be no trees left for purchase anywhere on this entire island. But, Siri’s recommended site seemed to suggest that early decorations shortchanged advent (and focused on the heathen…or at least the commercial side of Christmas). I then glanced at a few other sites. At best, they contradicted each other. Some suggested putting up your tree twelve days before Christmas, others favoured the third Sunday in Advent, while others were set on the second Saturday in December. Finally, some sites endorsed the first day of Advent, while the British Columbia Tree Growers’ Association recommended December 1 (both these dates have already passed). Seriously this was quite the date range….and no real help at all!
As I continued to browse the sites, I began to find more questions than answers. Once we did find a date, we would need to decide on what type of tree —artificial, or real like we had last year? And if real, should we go with precut from our local supermarket, or fresh from a nearby Christmas Tree Farm? What was the best environmental choice? At least once these decisions were made, the question of tree decoration would be easy as I have collected keepsake ornaments throughout the years. That moves me on to Christmas cards and gifts…where I am in urgent need of creative (and earth-friendly) suggestions!
Aggghhhhhh! How had this all become so complicated?!
So, as promised, I’m turning to you. What have you done regarding Christmas Trees, decorations, cards and gifts for this year? What are the traditions that you have maintained….and are there any new traditions that you have added? I look forward to being inspired!