Coach and I got the lights on the big tree last night. Now we really are the Griswolds. Well, not really because we only use white lights around here. And no inflatable Santas sit on our lawn. Usually, he takes this light business on solo. My Mom used to say there were three times every year she and my Dad almost divorced: when they put up the tree, put on the screens or put on the storms. I have heeded her warnings in spite of the fact that I suspect these seasonal tasks had little to do with their split. We got the job done quickly and without a single snarky comment proving that we make a pretty good team. I lit a favorite candle...one I always save unlit from year to year... and then we sat admiring our perfect tree ablaze. It smelled so good...tree and candle...that I decided I'm done saving candles if you know what I mean. And I'll always have at least one real tree.
Miss Bit and I will decorate the tree after school today. She gets out early and T. Bone has plans to spend the extra free time with friends probably just because he doesn't want to help. I have plans to make her a festive snack and tell her all the stories about the the ornaments we unbox before we hang them on the tree. It's an oral tradition this passing on of tannenbaum history. The forecast hints that this rain may even turn to snow by afternoon so, perhaps, we'll cozy in for a viewing of Elf or A Christmas Story. I'm really upping the ante here.
I found Advent calendars yesterday at one of my stops. It was the first thing she asked me when she got in the car after school reminding me to never underestimate the importance of the little things. They matter big. I know it. You know it too.
I've got a few other things on my list today. Mostly making more lists for the upcoming weeks. Also roasting a turkey breast. We'll have a quasi Thanksgiving feast tonight because I didn't get my turkey fix last Thursday. Plus the bird cooking to perfection in the oven smells almost as good as that frasier fir candle.