I have a lovely green artificial tree that works just fine. Before Zack, I could spend two days decorating it, with hundreds of lights and ornaments all over.... not just on the ends of the boughs, but inside the tree, and all with major thought to what-goes-where. It was nothing short of spectacular.
Enter Zack at three years old. For some reason, I know not why, he decided he wanted a WHITE tree. Alrighty then. We spent some time visiting a ton of stores before finally finding an affordable white tree, which also came with lights already on it. Bonus!
So up it went....
This year was also the first year we used our "real" ornaments. For the past two years, we've let Zack pick out some barrel-o-plastic ones in bright colors -- no breakage, not much money. We also made paper chains and all kinds of homemade things. But this year, he got to see for the first time all the breakables -- the Radkos and the Swarovskis and a ton of others.I'd forgotten about a lot of the ornaments, and the stories behind them. As we unwrapped each piece, there were collective "oooohs" and an occasional "aw geez" when we found a broken one. Took us a while to dig through three huge boxes, but we made it.
Right now, Zack is lying underneath the tree, looking up into the lights, just like I did as a kid. Some traditions are timeless... I think I'll join him.