Monday, November 24, 2008

Our First Christmas Tree


I'm one of those sentimental people who is head-over-heels for Christmas. I sing carols to myself all year round and I cry every time I see It's a Wonderful Life. So naturally, one of the first things that occurred to me when we bought a house was "we're gonna have a full-sized Christmas tree this year!" For years I've been toting around my three footer - cramming it full of as many ornaments as its little branches could hold and perching it on book shelves to try to give it the majestic height a Christmas tree should have - but it always looked a little sad. It was, very clearly, a single person's Christmas tree. Well, my friends, those days are over! Ross and I have combined our Christmas powers and we now have a 7.5 foot tree and it looks exactly like a Christmas tree is supposed to look.

Getting to this point was a bit of an adventure. We compared prices at three stores, we nearly ripped the door hinges off of the Gallant trying to fit it in the backseat, and we had to rearrange the furniture layout in not one, but two rooms just to accommodate it's girth! After some tense negotiations over where the dining room table should go, some whispered prayers that the lights would actually reach the top of the tree, and some strategizing on how to keep the more delicate ornaments out of cat's reach, Ross lit the star on top and we stood basking in the glow of our first family Christmas tree.


8 comments:

Crystal said...

Very pretty tree Kim, I can't wait to put ours up on Friday. Also It's a Wonderful Life is my all time favorite Christmas movie, and I sob over that one too.

I'm so excited for you to have your first Christmas married to Ross in your new house. What a special time.=)

Crystal said...

*with* Ross

Janett Sue said...

I want one!!!!!!

Steph Stanger said...

Lovely tree! Wish I had paid more attention to the furniture placement while I was in the house last night. Love ya!

Kimberly Cangelosi said...

Thanks Crystal! The tree is not perfect, if you look too closely the needles have a distinctly recycled-garbage-bag look to them, lol.

Mom, we got it at Kmart for about $79. The only thing is that it is really wide around the bottom so it takes up a lot of floor space.

Steph, we moved the endtables to either side of the tv, we moved the coffee table back into the living room and put it next to the couch, where the corner end table used to be, we moved the oriental paper shaded lamp next to the front door. In the dining room we moved the bar to the wall opposite the hallway, and the sideboard to where the bar used to be, and the bench to where the sideboard used to be. We also slid the table over to the left a couple of feet. Whew!

Andy said...

It's beautiful.

Steph Stanger said...

WOW! Sounds like musical furniture! =) How did I miss that! Hope you have a great turkey day, I will miss you.

Valerie said...

WOW! How Fun! I Love Christmas too. I love decorating that tree every year too. I love snow on Christmas Day!