Our Christmas Adventure
December 6, 2010 § 4 Comments
Well, technically, it’s not Christmas day yet…but we still have had an adventurous Christmas. But, before I get to the adventure part, allow me to whisk you away on the journey to the adventure.
Before doing anything else, we laid out our Christmas tree trash bag to help us transport the tree to its final resting place after the holidays. (Its final resting place is “the land” on which my father-in-law hunts with his friends. We take our tree there so that it can provide housing for birds, chipmunks, squirrels, and other critters.) Apparently we didn’t do a very good job because Beatrice decided to help us spread it out better.
Realizing that we could only stand to receive more “help” from our furry little ones, we decided to close all four of them in our bedroom. This way, we could put the tree into its stand outside and take our time hauling it into the living room, while also leaving the back door open until we were finished. After we set the tree up, we decided it was time to release the animals–they were beginning to scratch the door and caterwaul (Callie and Annie are particularly good at this–you’d think they were dying). Before we take the time to decorate the tree, of course, I had to snap a picture of Annie and Milton posing in front of the tree! I didn’t like the lighting of this particular shot, but I love how Callie is sneaking a sniff from the couch.
Because I was unhappy with that particular shot, I employ Robert’s help (as well as a couple of cookies) in order to get the shot below. I think Annie would have sat for the rest of the day, just for the promise of the cookie that dangled over my head.
After our impromptu photo shoot, we decided to get started decorating. Of course, lights go on first–and putting those on the tree can really be a time-consuming process. Milton will attest to that–he was pooped watching
us Robert put the lights up around the tree!
We finished decorating our tree (of which I have absolutely no good pictures), and then ran out of the house to meet our friends for dinner and a high school football game. Christmas decorating was over. Or so I thought.
And now begins our real adventure….
The next morning started normally enough: I fed the dogs and cats, took the dogs out to go potty, went to wash my hands…and then I heard an ominous crash! When I walked into the living room, our beautifully decorated tree was laying across the coffee table. I told Robert to come quickly while I shut all the animals in our bedroom again–not knowing whether or not there was glass anywhere. Here’s what I think happened: Annie, my curious little monkey, managed to get around the back of the tree, stood up to sniff it better, and ended up pushing it over onto the coffee table. I know it wasn’t Milton because 1. he’s much too large to get behind the tree and 2. he was in the bedroom waiting for Robert to get up. I know it wasn’t the cats because, although they can fit behind the tree, they aren’t strong enough to push it over. Plus…Annie had a guilty expression on her face. Fortunately, the only ornament to bite it was a non-sentimental ornament, and I think I might actually have a few other ones exactly like it. (It was a hand-made [by my sweet cousin] favor for my sister’s bridal shower that my cousin and I co-hosted. For that reason alone, it’s sentimental. But I do think I have a couple of the extras, so I take relief in that.)
Anyway, after about an hour of trying to straighten the tree and set it back to rights, we realized that our “economical” (read: cheap) plastic tree stand had broken. The force of the fall must have stripped the plastic so that the bolt would only spin and spin. Then, whenever we thought Robert had managed to get some purchase on it to actually screw it into the stand toward the tree, the weight of the tree would only push the bolt back out again, and the tree would fall again. Sigh. So, we knew we had to get a new stand, but in the meantime we left it leaning against the wall. (Oh yes, after we removed the more precious ornaments that had miraculously not smashed to smithereens in the fall.)
Meet our new tree stand: “Santa’s Last Stand.” It’s metal, sturdy, and the stand itself has a large base. It also has a metal spike in the center, which is a bit tricky to secure the tree to, but we eventually got it.
We decided to remove all ornaments and lights because everything was just a complete mess. I helped Robert get the tree into the new stand, and then we redressed our tree from top to bottom (including lights). This time, three of the four animals were secured in our bedroom; Callie was granted permission to wander around because she is the least likely to bother us while we’re working. She watched from a safe distance and probably wondered exactly what in the hell we were doing, but at least she wasn’t stuck in the room with the dogs.
Finally, after long last, Christmas is officially set up in our house. I really believe that this tree stand is The One. We’ll probably get better at securing the tree on the metal spike as the years go by.
Merry Christmas, everyone! 🙂