Can a tradition change? If it changes, can it even be a tradition?
Three years ago I wrote about my family's new Christmas-tree-fetching tradition. Now, we are making a new one.
For most of my life I heaped scorn on the artificial Christmas tree. I grew up with real trees and fake trees were just so, so... fake. Like my aunt's white tree with the color wheel, circa 1962. But it didn't matter how many nice, realistic, green trees I saw: they were just not right.
But a few years my kids ago we discovered that our kids are allergic to just about every tree there is. We wondered about sinus problems in winter. We took advice and started hosing down the tree to get some of the nastiness out of it before bringing it in the house. Last year we decided it was enough: next year, we will have a fake tree.
Just before Thanksgiving my girl and I went out and scouted trees. After checking out a few stores and online sites, we ended up with a shortish (maybe a little too short), not-too-wide tree. We set it up to make sure there were no broken branches or burned-out lights, with the intention of taking it back down till after December 1. Who were we kidding? Once the tree was up and plugged in, there was no taking it back down for a couple of weeks. We left it in place, unadorned, till we returned home from our Thanksgiving trip.
Today it is fully decorated and looking gorgeous. No one is sneezing. We didn't have to hose it down, or mess with the heavy tree stand. We don't have to water it. We don't have to scream at the occasional spider crawling out of it. (I am not sure that actually ever happened, but it might have. Or it could, anyway.) We don't have to constantly sweep up needles.
We are never looking back. Our new tradition is born. It's hard to think of a way to make "let's go drag the tree out of the attic" festive, but we'll find the way.
Do you have a real tree, artificial tree, or no tree at all? Give me a link to your blog post about your traditions.