Our first Christmas tree….

First of all, aren’t I a tease?  I promised exciting changes and a redesign, and none of it’s happened.  What gives?  Well, the main reason is that WordPress is being infuriatingly confusing for no reason.  But I promise this is still in the works.  Maybe it will be a Christmas present, although I hope it comes sooner than that!

Speaking of Christmas….  All the God stations have started playing Christmas music, but two things about this have bothered me:

1) All the songs about Santa.  Enough said.

2) The song “Christmas Shoes.”  This song bothers me so much that I thought about it nearly all day yesterday. There are SO many things wrong with it, from the trite and rather unbelievable story line to the cliche and maudlin lyrics.  The rhymes are forced.  The melody sounds poorly crafted to fit a bad poem.  The guy who sings it doesn’t sound that great.  And what child, especially a boy, knows what size shoes his mother wears?  If the writer had left that little detail out no one would have questioned it, but the lyrics “these shoes are just her size” necessarily call into question the integrity of the poet.  I’ve read that this song is allegedly based on a real event… but whose?  Tell me, because I’ve got some bad news for you… You may not be aware, but someone totally botched your story.  Like, badly. But the worst part of the song?  As I listened, scoffing, to the first verse and chorus incredulous of its completely overdone sentiment, I felt a little catch in the back of my throat and my face got tight.  I don’t know if I’ve ever felt such conflicting emotions, other than the time I almost broke my nose on Eric’s elbow and was laughing and sobbing hysterically.

I digress.  What was this post supposed to be about anyway? Oh yes, our tree.

Now it’s not our first Christmas, but it is our first tree.  Last year we did not get a tree, mostly because we were very penniless and partly because we were leaving town for Christmas anyway.  This year we’re still leaving town for Christmas, and we’re still pretty penniless, but Eric has a job.  We decided to express our gratitude for this job by being a real married couple and buying a Christmas tree.

So, we got out our saw and bought a tree-gathering license and headed out to the forest…. just kidding.  We hopped in the Corolla and headed down to the Home Depot, where we scored this cutie for $13.  It was a cheater — it’s technically over 4 feet tall, but since its top is so weird and most self-respecting tree buyers would have lobbed it off, it was placed with the 2-4 foot trees and thus was cheaper.  Our kind of tree.

So far, Kieran has decided the tree stand is his new water dish, has batted around half of our ornaments (there are only 5), and bitten our lights, causing half of them to go out until I found the right one to twist. I can’t wait to come home and find that he’s knocked the entire tree over. What a child.

Without further adieu, here it is.  Our first little Christmas tree:


8 Comments to “Our first Christmas tree….”

  1. HA! This had me literally laughing out loud! The song bashing, followed by your lies about tree cutting, and finally the villainous plots brought to life by the spaz Cat-Child you have…

    Good one.

    (congrats on the new addition! Total ‘cutie’!)


  2. I LOVE the commentary on that song! I have often thought very similarly of it!
    Merry Christmas, Brynna!

  3. Cute tree! I bet Eric wishes he had his box of ornaments! Or maybe not, since Kieran might just eat them up :)

  4. I HATE that shoes song. I know hate is a strong word, but I have consciously used it. I feel yeah on it!

    love the tree. I think we are going to attempt the forest permit thing this year! if you don’t hear from us for a few days, send out a search party. :)

  5. I am so with you on the song! The thing is, A.J. actually likes it. And last year we watched the movie – yes, there is a movie. It wasn’t too bad. It actually made me tolerate the song a little more.

    We were just talking about the song after I read this entry, and A.J. said, “I’ve just always heard it so much every Christmas that when it comes on I turn it up, grab a tissue, and just weep the whole time.” lol

    • So funny!! And I didn’t even get to the part where I bash the creepy kid voices singing. I can’t believe there’s a movie!

  6. Brynna – Your blog brought back so many wonderful memories of our first few Christmases. We paid a whole $5 for a total “Charlie Brown” tree whose sparse branches could barely hold ornaments! But we loved it because it was ours and we knew we were making memories that would last a lifetime. You and Eric are awesome.

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