I have never enjoyed Christmas. Don't get me wrong - getting together with family and eating good food was always great - but the stress of money, unhappiness and buying buying buying always put a big cloud over this holiday. It didn't help much that in my own family, Christmas only meant a time of intense strain and stress in our home. Due to this and how my own feelings of Christmas are jaded, I don't enjoy Christmas. This has been difficult because my husband LOVES Christmas. LOVES IT!
This year is our first Christmas as a LEGAL family. We've been family long before the marriage, but somehow the legal commitment and emotional vows we said in March before our friends and family does make this Christmas even more special. I have made yet another vow this year... to try not to project my past and wholeheartedly look towards the future with my husband and our families to make each day the happiest we can make them. To do this, I work on the things I can control - my own attitude and actions.
So this year, because I love my husband and I want to make happy memories - I am welcoming Christmas WHOLEHEARTEDLY and excitedly. This means that our first Family Christmas tree has gone up last night. All 4 feet of the glorious plasticness that makes this beautiful tree ours is standing proudly in our living room... and I want to share with you pics of our beautiful tree and what I know will be one of many happy Holiday seasons we will share together.
|Hubby takin the tree out of the box|
|Tree put together in 2.2 seconds :)|
|Bug wondering what was going on|
|Hubby putting on our first ornament, Engagement Ornament|
|Putting on our 2009 Ornament|
|Our first Family Tree... three ornaments, a snowflake and tree skirt! :)|
So before y'all tell me I ruined thanksgiving with my tree, take a moment to look at the beautiful new tradition our family has started :-) and then you can yell at me! ^.^