This is NOT a Christmas Tree Decorating Tutorial

While I have control issues over some many things, decorating for Christmas is not one of them.

For years I let Roger Leroy be in charge of holiday decor. She loved to go into the attic and bring all the boxes down. She was a master at assembling the artificial tree we had for at least a decade. The Grunter and Wizzy might hang an ornament or two but they quickly lost interest. Roger Leroy went above and beyond what I would have done.

She conned her dad into multiple trips to the store for more lights and would string lights on the front porch and in her room and anywhere she could think of. I was grateful for all her help and truly appreciated all her hard work.

Then she got older and left for college.

Our decorating elf had abandoned us.

PhilBillPaul and I do not work well together in tasks like decorating.

Thankfully, we got 2 out of 4 kids who find joy in decorating.

Scary Baby has become our new decorating elf!

Dad and Granny picked up a gorgeous tree at Costco on Thanksgiving weekend and Scary Baby couldn’t wait to get all the boxes down and start trimming the tree.

She really did a beautiful job.

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Every day I came downstairs and said things like “This year’s tree just makes me happy!” and “I think this is the best live tree yet!”

PhilBillPaul asked her to water it every day. And every night he checked the tree and watered it because she forgot. It was the least we could do since she did all the hard work.

Now cut to two weekends later and it’s our annual baking frenzy. To be documented next week.

It is Sunday afternoon. I’m baking in the kitchen. PhilBillPaul is watching football and folding clothes in the family room. We both hear a very loud noise.

Me: “What was that?”

PBP: “Well I’ll be ________! Come in here”

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A fallen tree with ornaments and lights creates an enormous mess.

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Tree and stand had toppled over. Water everywhere. Ornaments. Strands of lights. Tree needles.

Roger Leroy was home that Sunday. She had taken Scary Baby to the mall when said tree fell over.

Roger Leroy had also arrived with a tiny dog she was “dog sitting” for her darling twin sister. To be documented next week.

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Since she left the dog with us, PhilBillPaul thought it would be funny if I sent her a text with photo showing our mess…

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Me: “Need help here”

RL: “Um how did that happen”

Me: “Damn dog. Please hurry up”

RL:”That 3 lb dog knocked over an entire tree?”

ME: “She’s very naughty and no longer welcomed here”

RL: “Whatever I don’t believe you”

Luckily for us, The Grunter was home and helped PhilBillPaul get the tree upright and swept up the needles and wiped up the water all with a joyful Christmas spirit. Not.

I was thankful that Scary Baby had decided not to put all the kids’ special ornaments on the tree this year. So many would have broken.

On Monday morning, I could only laugh when I turned on my computer to read my good friend Leigh Anne’s blog as she shared her Christmas tree decorating tutorial.


Photo used with permission

That is her actual tree in her house. Not a store display.

Are you kidding me? One person is not suppose to be good at everything.

Another example of polar opposites being friends. One tree puts me over the edge and she decorates up to FIVE. And has themed vignettes throughout her house on every open surface.

I shared her blog post with Scary Baby. She was less than impressed with any tips.

The joy of decorating the Christmas tree comes but once a year…

Not twice as evidenced by my cranky decorating elf who was less than thrilled with my request that she re-trim the tree.

Alas, the tree is now re-trimmed.

Not because our precious decorating elves worked together. They were elves with bad attitudes. Roger Leroy did the lights and left. It took Scary Baby a week but she finally put all the ornaments back on. There may have been a few threats.

Keepsake Decorations

We also found some extra special decorations while doing some attic cleaning.

I believe I made this lovely candle holder in the 2nd grade. When my mom downsized and moved to a condo, she kindly gave us some of our beautiful keepsakes. It’s hard to believe that she didn’t want to hang on to this and proudly display it in her living room. Thanks mom.

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Perhaps the attic was not the best place to store this gem. Or at least the green candle? that is now melted and stuck in the hair spray lid.

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Fond memories of that candle holder that sits in a gold foil wrapped peanut butter lid. I clearly remember the excitement of making it in elementary school. I think you can see I was bitten by the crafting bug very early.

What’s your favorite Christmas decoration? How many trees do you have?

Please say one…


One year ago..

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  1. 1
    Melinda says:

    Just one tree and it’s fake. No one over here can remember to water and I hate the mess of a real tree dying in my house. Sorry to hear yours fell. Was it really the dog’s fault?

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    Tell Scary Baby I don’t blame her for being cranky. I would be too if I had to decorate the tree twice. Once is enough. Mine sat in the corner of the living room for almost two weeks without decoration!

    • 2.1
      Sherra says:

      New crankiness at our house – untrimming the tree. You should do a tutorial on that–I’m sure you have a very efficient, fabulous way to do it. No one wants to put everything away!

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    Kerri says:

    Your ‘candleholder’ looks like a fire hazard! Probably a good thing that the pretty green candle melted before you could fire it up.

    Why is it our parents think WE want the crap we gave them a hundred years ago?? Don’t they understand we gave it away for a reason???

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and the fam!

    • 3.1
      Sherra says:

      Good news! I finally pried the green candle out of the hair spray lid so we’re all safe. PhilBillPaul pointed out that it could be an antique. The peanut butter lid is metal. Can’t get those anymore. I’m pretty sure my kids will treasure this keepsake “antique” and proudly display it when I’m gone!

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    Melodi says:

    I have been a major Scrooge this Christmas. I usually put up 4 trees at home and one at the office – not for me – for my husband that is addicted to Christmas trees. Well, when I put the first prelit tree up in November it looked really great for about 2 hours. Then the lights started going out. When I threatened to take it down and forget Christmas this year (which now being the day after Christmas I wish I would have done!) my darling Christmas tree addicted husband spent a whole Saturday afternoon trying to find the bulb that was causing the outage. We even have the special “gun” that will help with that – didn’t work – ! So he replace EVERY bulb on the tree! The next tree to go up was at the office and GUESS WHAT? The lights on the top didn’t work! Without writing a book about this – Doug relighted the tree at the office THREE times! He put up a nice installation of lights and balls in the front landscaping which looked great – UNTIL THE LIGHTS WENT OUT! So, I did not put anymore trees up this year. I am looking for one of those little ceramic ones to plug in and set in the window for next year. I am done! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    Dawn says:

    I literally laughed out loud when I read your post. I too read Leigh Anne’s post with my mouth open, feeling inadequate. I have had trees fall and when they do you’re really over it by then.
    I am trying to put away ornaments tonight, but I keep procrastinating.

    • 5.1
      Sherra says:

      So glad it made you laugh – it makes me laugh every time I think about it. Hope you got your ornaments put away. I bribed Scary Baby to un-trim the house. Or perhaps I just *inspired* her by saying she couldn’t go to a friend’s house until it was done.