Some people are just average when it comes to the Christmas tree decisions, and then there’s my mom.
Those average decorating families go and shop for trees when the words “’tis the season” make appearances in everyday conversations. Then you have the next group who celebrate the Christmas season, those who love the Hallmark Channel that plays Christmas movies eight months out of the year and watches every movie five times. That is my mom!
She records every movie and loves the joy and happiness they bring her, but nothing brings nearly as much joy as her signature FIVE Christmas trees.
Usually this is the first tree put up, the pretty living room piece that lingers even after New Years.
Now this tree is more than likely the last to be put up.
Then you have a tree like this on the outskirts of the den, which is the second tree to be put up. At this point, Dad and I are firmly in the Christmas mood.
You can’t forget the dining room! This tree is a simple yet pretty addition that Mom insists Dad and I put up.
This is the point that Dad and I are tired of seeing ornament hooks.
This is the classic multicolored tree that sheds way to many needles.
This is the point that all this talk about Christmas trees is giving me painful flashbacks.
This is the final tree that mom gives us in consolation for spending hours putting up the other four trees. We are huge Georgia Bulldog fans, but I think it’s a low-key cruel consolation gift to put up yet another tree in the game room.
Those Christmas trees last about two and a half months. But the movies! Oh, the movies last forever. Sometimes while I am vacuuming needles in March and my mom is watching reruns of her favorite Christmas movies, I think maybe, just maybe, she likes those movies as much as her signature trees.
Hang on. We are not done yet, because here are the movies that I see 365 days out of the year.
My dad and I can tell you who is the good guy or bad guy, who falls in love, who does what and why. We know nearly every line by heart and the names of all the characters. But it makes my mom happy, so we don’t complain, because she watches all of our shows like my sports and my dad “Shark tank” and “The Voice.” It’s a give and take kinda thing; just always remember to put up with whatever makes your loved ones happy.
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By Levi Watson