Oh, were we? Speaking of trees? Well, I was thinking of them. I’m still decorating my little table top tree downstairs, but when Paul was alive we always had large living trees which were decorated Hungarian fashion with not only ornaments and lights but lots of cookies and also special “szalon cukor” (parlor candy) for people to enjoy eating. I remember that one of my nephews burst into tears (he was about 3 years old) when he saw his first American Christmas tree. “It has nothing to eat,” he wept.
Today Alice and her family were at the tree farm we’ve gone to for years now, nearly an hour south of here. I believe their family tree story at the moment is that they buy the tree and put it up and Baby Jesus decorates it on Christmas Eve and Santa Claus brings the gifts to put under it and Alice and Mike add the presents they are giving people in the morning….It does become complicated……
DD Emily and her family have Baby Jesus/Christ Kindl bring the tree on Christmas Eve, and decorate it and put gifts under it….
Alice is having her nieces, Emily’s daughters, at her home for the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Then everyone is coming to my house where we sing in the candle-lit kitchen and in time, Andy will read the Christmas story from Luke and we will sing more and a bell will ring and we will go see the tree and the gifts. Then Emily and her family will go to their home for their singing and gifts. Alice and her family will have a Christmas supper with Andy and me. And then go home and find their presents the next morning.
See what I mean about complicated? Yes, it is! But it was not much simpler when Alice, Emily and Andy were the little kids themselves. And it is always magical and heartwarming.
Look how strong Nathan has become! He’s a real help with this tree cutting and bringing home!
Meanwhile, I am going to miss the Advent singing tomorrow because I’ve nearly lost my voice with the unfortunate cold I am trying to shake off! And I must put in some more time finishing my Christmas cards……
I’ve had two days of doing not much of anything except gargling with hot salt water. (It does help.) And sipping Lady Gray tea. And reading free feel-good Kindle Christmas stories.