Megan’s been bugging me about putting up a tree since Thanksgiving, so last night we went out and got a little table-top tree. I’m hoping that something this size won’t do too much damage when (not if) the cats knock it over. I’ve gotten as far as stringing the lights (the part of the job that I loathe with every fiber of my being), so the next step is to start throwing ornaments at it.
Last year was our first Christmas with the little demons, and as they still had claws then, I knew there was no way we’d be able to have a real tree. They’d be high-fiving each other at the top of it before I could say, “Look kitties, here’s our Christmas tree!” Luckily, I went to a craft fair the day after Thanksgiving and found this:
Just to be extra-annoyingly-festive (or maybe just to see how much scotch tape I could use up), I also strung some lights up around the pass-through into the kitchen. (They look better without the flash. Oh, and please ignore the doorless kitchen cabinets…they are a work in [not too much] progress.)
I buy Megan one new ornament every year and put it in her stocking, so that one day she will have plenty of ornaments to fill up her very own tree. Recently I taught her a pass-time-in-the-car game that I used to play as a child…I’m pretty sure it’s something that my mother and/or our next door neighbor made up to keep my friend, Michael and I quiet in the car. Whenever you see a Volkswagon Beetle, you scream out, “pinochle,” and the person who spots the most VW’s wins the game. Well, Megan has embraced this game wholeheartedly, and its reached the point in our competition where we take pictures of Beetles with our phones and send them to each other when we’re not together. She would love that ornament!
I went to two different Pier One stores yesterday to see if this ornament actually exists. While both stores had many similarly-colored, bright, glass ornaments, they did not have this one. When I got home and checked on the internet, I found that this ornament is in pretty hot demand, and stores only received limited quantities of them. Now, if I *really* want one, I can get it on ebay…for anywhere from $70 on up. Unfortunately, that’s a little out of my price range for a $6 ornament!
If anybody sees one at a Pier One anywhere, though, let me know!!!