The story of the two Christmas trees began about fifteen years ago when my son, who is now eighteen, was about three. He asked if we could leave the tree up until his Birthday at the end of February so the kids coming to the party could put his Birthday presents underneath the tree. I loved our artificial tree and all of our ornaments, so I said yes. I mean, what a great idea he had, and why not?!
Little did I know at the time, this would became our tradition for many years. We would put the tree up just before Thanksgiving and take it down at the end of February after his Birthday party. The kids attending the party loved putting the presents underneath the tree; however, their parents thought it was a bit strange to still have a Christmas tree up and decorated. In fact, over the years, we received many funny looks from visitors entering our home and seeing the Christmas tree up and fully decorated. We knew it was very unusual, but it was our tradition, and we were happy with it.
A few years went by and we found ourselves moving into a new tradition of keeping the tree up all year long. As my son grew up, no longer having Birthday parties where kids brought presents, it was never a consideration to take the tree down. It had become a very normal part of our home that we loved.
In addition, our tradition of keeping the tree up all year long, took some stress out of the holiday season. Because, as anyone who has put up and taken down a tree knows, it can be very time consuming!
The tree was filled with so many memories: family ornaments that had been passed down from earlier generations, handmade kids ornaments and newer ones that were occasionally added. It wasn’t until we prepared and staged our home to sell earlier this year that we finally took the tree down, which was surprisingly anti-climatic. I did find it nice that my son, who had asked many years before to keep the tree up for his Birthday, was there to help me.
I would like to think the tree and all the ornaments are currently making many people just as happy as they did for our family for many years. Part of selling our home was downsizing and simplifying our lives which meant passing the tree and ornaments onto other families. ￼My favorite ornaments were saved and are now what decorate the two small trees pictured. These trees are now displayed in our apartment home, and of course they are both up all year long, because that’s our tradition! 🙂
Enjoy the holiday season, your tree(s) and whatever unique traditions you and your family have.
Laura Li Lifestyle