What day is it? Well, whatever - our tree is up. I'm not kidding.
We happen to live next to a house that is permanently decorated during the winter months. First we have a general harvest theme going on, with huge corn stalks, gourds and pumpkins around the door way. A few weeks before Halloween the ghoulish stuff comes out, complete with life size, cackling witch. And it's not just your run-of-the-mill house decorations either; although my neighbour does it all herself, the whole effect is worthy of a Broadway production or Macy's windows at least.
This weekend, her tree came out and we went over to help put the decorations on. Big mistake, as the Quuenager and the Little Guy were consequently all pumped up and 'Tis the Season-y. Naturally the conversation turned to when our tree would be brought out. I said next weekend (Let's wait until December at least people), but no, their social calendars are so packed next weekend that there's barely time for the winter ritual of hot chocolate with marshmallows floating on the top.
The Queenager then calculated that if we didn't do it today, (Monday NOVEMBER 29th) there would be no opportunity the rest of the week because the Ball & Chain is out of town. Not that he lives for Xmas tree decorating but he does come in rather useful for lugging things down from the garage attic.
Readers in the UK will now be aghast at the thought of a tree going up before mid-December but there's another sling to the Queenager's bow of arguments in favour of. We go to Colorado for two weeks over the actual Christmas period, so she won't be able to enjoy the tree if we leave it too late. Bless.
So that was how the tree went up last night. First the Ball & Chain got all the boxes out; then, because we have an artificial (re-useable) tree which takes several millenia to assemble, he thought it better to do that while he had the energy. And bob's your uncle - there was a ten foot tall, nude Xmas tree just begging to be decked. So deck it we did.
I am now surrounded by other boxes of Xmas ornaments (I went rather mad in the January sales it would appear), but I'm going to put them up very slowly so that it all doesn't look too keen. I mean, it's not even December for Pete's sake.