Another year, another Christmas tree. Very different this year though; we actually got our tree early (a week ago) and started decorating it today – unheard of compared to our past few Christmases, I think during one of which we were decorating on Christmas day itself!
Roxanne is great this year: she had fun wandering around Mahoney’s looking for our tree last weekend in the freakishly warm weather – one day broke the high temperature record since 1890-something! Then she was very patient all week while the tree sat unadorned inside, and we took several nighttime walks in the neighborhood, learning that she really loves pretty lights. The somewhat silly lighted reindeer made a big hit; she kept complaining that our street didn’t have enough of them.
So while I was putting the inner lights (colored ones; see my last year’s post) on, she was somewhat interested, but distractable. But once she spotted the big box of ornament boxes, and I explained what they were, she got into her quiet intense mood.
See, sometimes when something a little exciting happens that she really likes, instead of getting all loud and crazy, she gets very intense. She almost frowns she’s concentrating so hard on whatever it is. So I helped her find a couple of appropriate (non-fragile) ornament boxes and open them. We explained we’re going to decorate the tree, and as soon as the lights are on, we’re putting some of these ornaments on the tree too. She got very good and quiet as she waited.
It was wonderful. We only did part of the tree – namely the part she can reach on the front side only. But she was so intense going to the box, picking out an ornament, then walking quickly back to the tree to find a branch to put it on. Repeat until dinner. Actually, repeat until “Aunt” Susan calls, who she loves who she doesn’t want to talk to right now because she’s busy. She did deign, once the call was on speakerphone, to say she was putting ornmanents on the tree, so that was something.
So I’m left with the warm fuzzies of my daugher appreciating some of the things I really loved doing when I was a kid, and a tree with a dozen small Snoopy ornaments across the lower front side of the tree. At least she has some sense of spreading them out.