Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh Christmas Shrub! Oh Christmas Shrub!

Merry Christmas SITS ladies and gents . . . here is a peek at some of my Christmas insanity.  (In fact, I think my last few posts are Christmas insanity related.)  And, if you are new around here and are wondering, what is SITS?  Well then . . . you are in the right place!  SITS  stand for the Secret is in The Sauce.  It is a community of bloggers that support each other through comments.  Check them out!

Dear Hubby,

It is that time of year again.  It is the time of singing carols, watching corny Christmas-y movies, and looking for the best  (and worst) Christmas light display.  These are fun times, undoubtedly.  But my favorite part of the holiday season has to be . . . our annual holiday tree fight.

You see dear, every year, as we trek out to the tree farm you bring up the inevitable.  "So, what kind of tree do you want to get this year?"

And, I know that that is really man-speak for, "How far do you want me to trek across the frozen ground to saw down a tree for you?"

Now, I always try to answer you politely with the truth.  "Honey, I'll know it when I see it."  And I do.  I always know it exactly when I see it.  The problem is that I am willing to trek over the river and through the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree.  I am kind of like Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation in that way.  I will trudge through snow, with children, and with children's frozen body parts in order to find the right tree and have that Alleluia-like moment of reveal.

I am dramatic in that way.

This year is no different.  When we load up the kiddies to get our tree,  I envision the family bonding and the memory-making bliss that we are about to undertake.  I think that you envision . . .a long walk  . . . with 3 kids.  (Let's not forget that one of those kiddies has a cast on her foot, is unable to walk, and weighs 39 lbs.)  I envision a scene from It's a Wonderful Life.  You envision freezing temperatures, runny noses, and complaining kiddies.

Obviously, in this situation, I am the glass half full.

You, however, are the  beer glass half empty,  and you wish that you have already downed the first half.

Am I right??

To make matters worse, your idea of the perfect tree and my idea of the perfect tree are, shall we say, incompatible?

I prefer a tree with a conical shape.  You know, triangular?  Pretty.  Proportional. You are a math teacher.  I know that you get the idea.

You prefer a tree that looks remarkably like an overgrown bush. A rounded bush with long needles and soft limbs.  The kind of tree that can not and will not hold any ornament worth its weight.  If you really want a bush to decorate, we have several . . . in our front yard.  Just saying.

So dear, this year is no different.  I look forward to our little tree give and take.  I am ready to battle wits and words.  It is part of our holiday tradition after all.  And, I love it!

Just remember though,  I will win.  Make no mistake.  After all, if I am in charge of stringing lights and decorations, I will forever be in charge of picking out the tree.

Merry Christmas, hubs!

I love you and our battle!



  1. I love, love, LOVE this letter to your hubby! Made me laugh. And yes, you will win. It's in the fine print of the marriage contract: wife wins all Christmas tree disputes.

    Merry SITSmas, Miss Annie! Mwah!

  2. Lol!!!

    Merry SITSmas and Christmas joy to you!


  3. Oh this really made me smile! Happy SITSmas!

  4. Too fuuny! Our problem isn't picking out the tree-it's getting it set up and straight-tensions run high then and we always joke about the tree fight we end up having.

    Merry Sitsmas!

  5. Merry SITSmas!! Love your blog. Hope you have a great week
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  6. Merry Sitsmas to you and your family! I just love this post :)


  7. How funny! I enjoyed reading this; happy tree hunting! And merry SITSmas. ;)

  8. Merry SITSmas! I wanted to stop by and say thanks for the visit! :)

  9. LOL You go girl! You should win! Merry SITSmas!

  10. I say take a wagon for the kiddos and pull them, or sled if there is snow...

  11. Merry SITSmas! Thanks for visiting me! If you check out my shop and decide to buy something, please add Merry SITSmas to the message to seller so we can send you something special with your purchase! I would have sent you an e-mail but you are no-reply. Thanks!! I hope you have a great day!


  12. Merry SISTmas!

    Haha, love the tree story. Brings back memories of my own mother dragging us out to the tree farm. Thanks!

  13. LOVE this! Very funny. And so is the rest of your blog. I'm adding you to my Reader.

    Merry SITSmas!

  14. I'm glad you're telling him in advance that you'll win this one. Cute!

  15. Wishing you a very merry SITSmas Annie!

  16. Fabulous - I love it!

    Merry SITSmas!!!

  17. That's why I have a fake tree. Plus laziness. And allergies.

    PS Of course you will win.

    PPS This was very funny!

  18. What a funny blog! LOL! Merry SITSmas. I am subscribing to blog, just to stay updated on the tree battle!

  19. LOL. At this point after so many years you guys must get a kick out of it. And I think it's so in the spirit trekking out to chop down your tree. we always go with fake.

  20. Merry SITS-mas! Sorry I'm late, still working through the list.
    This was awesome, and while we don't like in a state where we can pick our own trees , hubby does hate the fact I want a tree in every room of the house and like you they have to be full and perfect!

  21. Annie, again you make me laugh. Thank you so much. In our house it's that darn fake tree, that's what you get in a trailer house I guess. But I do get to have two real ones outside but they can't be live real ones, they have to be going to be dead ones in the spring because there's no way I can string a set of lights on a real tree, one year about 20 years ago I did that and accidently broke a needle off (yep just a needle) and that just can't happen again. So my daddy goes out and cuts down two for them and two for us, they aren't your kind of pretties, these are sparse and balding on one side but in the dark, with the lights on them their pretty. It works, I get a real tree even if I have to look out at it in the dark to apprecaite it.
    Anyways, love your letter to your hubby. Thanks for the laugh.
    God Bless you and yours.

  22. I loved your post - very funny and creative! Sorry I am late, but I am making my way through the entire SITSmas list, I want to visit everyone to wish everyone happy holidays! So Merry SITSmas!


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