Thursday, December 1, 2011

An off-center Christmas

I came downstairs this morning to find the Leaning Tower of Christmas in our living room.  When I went to bed last night, it was poker straight.  We had a bit of a panic, but after 15 minutes of trying to correct the situation, we still had a tree that leaned as far over as ever.  Hubby had to get to work, so we did what any normal person would do.  We turned it so it leaned towards the wall instead of the middle of the room. 

Throughout the day, I realized that this tree now simply fits in with the rest of our Christmas.  If you walk through the house you will also find:

A mantel of the annual Christmas hat photos.  You may notice one empty angel.  That is where the ten year old should be.  He was at basketball practice when I took them, and I haven't gotten his printed yet.

You will also find:

The beautiful banister that the 11 year old decorated.  All of the stockings neatly lined up.  Except for mine.  It has somehow disappeared.

You will hear the sounds of a Christmas carol getting you in the mood.

Almost.  He's just learning the song, so there is a stop every few notes or so to study the next bit. 

You will find:
A wooden nativity that has been passed down through six children, which now only has Mary, Joseph, and a sheep.  Not even little Baby Jesus is left.
And you will find:

One little elf,

who is whipping his hat back and forth so much that he is also quite off-center and can't seem to stay on his feet.

So, we may be leaving the tree a bit off-center.  It works.  We aren't all about perfection around here.  Well, most of us aren't anyway. 

Of course, if I come downstairs tomorrow, and the tree is horizontal, we may have to rethink things.

Have a lovely, off-center day!

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