Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Less is More

Steve and I enjoyed a leisurely Thanksgiving in Michigan visiting with friends and family. It's hard to believe that Christmas is just two weeks away! We'll be going back to Michigan for a week then, as well.
I tried to talk Steve out of putting the Christmas tree up on account of being gone so much and the day-long project it always turns out to be. He said, "We don't have to...." with big puppy dog eyes in a way that said, "But I want to." It's funny that even though we've been married for six years now, I always thought he was just putting up with my Christmas tree fetish and saying he liked it to keep me happy. I was surprised to learn that he really DOES enjoy hauling up the filthy box and assembling the leaning tower of Christmas tree! Well, we were running out of time, as it was 3pm on a Sunday afternoon and we had NO FOOD in the house so I desperately had to go grocery shopping (which I KNOW is something he just puts up with when I ask him to go). He offered to put up the tree while I was gone! I didn't even mind that I knew he was trying to get out of shopping...I figured he'd be happier with the football game on and I'd get finished quicker! An hour later, guess what? He had the whole thing up, lights and all!
I must admit, he all the decorating this year. He was sweet to let me put the star on top and voila, it was done in two hours! Of course, that's because I didn't put all of the hundreds of ornaments we own and the icicles that he loathes on the tree, nor did I put out all the knicknacks and candles and whatchamacallits that wind up in the decoration box. And you know what? I like it this way. Less is more this year.