Tis The Season

I randomly hum Christmas songs and then just when you think I couldn’t get any more annoying… BAM!!! I break out into a top of my lungs version of ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ or the ’12 Days of Christmas’. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear my version of a song as well. Bowels of Holly anyone?

Deck the halls with bowels of holly fa la la la la la la la la!

Am I the only one who does this? Probably not, but I will bet I am the only one who does this year round. Ok, that might be reaching a bit. I definitely know many people who are far too freaking jolly and put my juvenile jubilation to shame. To those overly jovial Christmas crackheads, I come off as Scrooge. Bah-humbug!

Speaking of Scrooge; I don’t miss an opportunity to watch any showing of the 5 million versions. If one is fortunate, I may forget that somewhere on some channel; some form of Scrooge is playing. Lord help my family because I will force them to sit down and enjoy it with me or else. The holidays are about family after all, and I can be very persuasive. LOL The family enjoys watching the shows as much as I do though.

Sunday, we bought our Christmas tree from Home Depot; a tradition that was born when we moved into this much bigger house in 2008. We lived in an apartment complex for too long and although many people enjoy a real tree in their apartments we stuck to plastic. I grew up with a plastic tree and every year we would grow bigger until we were all taller than the top of the tree. It was the livelihood of my redneck childhood.

Our trip to Home Depot was as merry as are all of our family outings. By merry I mean at some point someone is going to shout, someone is going to pout, and someone is most definitely going to be in tears. (Usually, me.) So, my son wanted to get a dark green tree. My husband had his heart set on an 8/9-foot Balsam fir. My daughter had no idea what she wanted. But finally, with the help of the greatest mom on the planet (Umm, that would be me, duh.) the kids picked out a lovely 8-foot White Pine tree. The husband was ecstatic because he had chosen a $65 tree and the White Pine was a sweet $18. *Ding ding ding we have a winner here folks!* I am a little nervous and “You get what you pay for” is dancing like sugar plums in my head but, so far we love it.

Christmas 2011 Copyrighted-InJensMind

My grandparent’s (on my mom’s side) always had a real tree. Well, I think they did, I only visited them every other Christmas so I’m not sure. The funny thing is I have no recollection of many things from my childhood, except for some of the really horrible things. Wow, I need to work on recovering my happy memories. Ah memories.

Anyway, I digress. One year my grandparents had decorated the entire tree in stuffed animals. Grandpa had a morning habit of going up to the local coffee shop in Mt. Morris, MI every morning for coffee. I know what you are thinking and no, I couldn’t have worded that sentence without saying coffee twice. *Tee-hee* Anyway, grandpa would play the claw game (wait for it) and he had this streak of awesome luck where he won loads of stuffed animals. So like any other person in my weird as all get out family, he put them on the tree. It was a child’s dream, I know because I am telling you about it hence, I loved it enough to remember it.

In my children’s lifetime; they have enjoyed such colored trees as green, white, and pink. Yes, one year I made the men in my house endure the tiny tacky pink plastic tabletop tree. My son, now 13 years old, asked me to buy another pink tree this year. I love his enthusiasm but, he will have to wait until next year when I pull off the ultimate Skittles Christmas. Taste the rainbow, bitches! LOL I jest, I jest!

A few years ago, ok more like 9-10 years ago, my husband and I decided to flip our white plastic tree upside down and hang it from the ceiling. Right now as I write this, I am mad that I never took pictures of it. Argh! That was the year I found out that my Scrinch of a husband was really Santa’s number 1 elf in disguise.

Our kids; 4 and 6 years old, sat with me in amazement at their father hanging up every single Christmas decoration that we owned. By the time he was done, you would have sworn that you were smack dab in the middle of the North Pole. Several years later we allowed him to decorate again and before long it looked as if Rudolph had been binge eating the decorations again and then vomited them all over the ceiling and walls. Why yes, I do have a picture for that one.

Christmas 2006 Copyrighted-InJensMind

Well what do you use for your Christmas tree; paper or plastic? Err, I mean real or plastic?


29 thoughts on “Tis The Season

  1. Manisha Bhatia says:

    O! Reading ths n visiting ur blog it seems m also part f it now ….Blog looks great..u r completely immersed in celeberations.

    Merry Christmas to u n ur family….God Bless U!!!!


    • InJensMind says:

      LOL Adriene I don’t believe that. You can’t be a Scrinch. Thank you, I do try and make every day a happy occasion. There is always much laughter in my house. I can’t take credit for the upside down tree though, we saw it done at some tree contest thing and well we thought it was a great idea. Our whole house was red, white, and green. It was the 1 year anniversary of 9-11 right before that Christmas so that was our theme. Now if I can find the picture of the front of the house. I kept the lights up from the week of 9-11 until after New Year’s. People would drive by and stop to look at it, it wasn’t over the top but, beautiful just the same. Merry Christmas!

  2. sulekha says:

    Love Christmas time, even though I don’t decorate the tree, I visit friends who do. Your story is so much fun and full of lovely memories. Merry Christmas, Jen.

  3. TheChronicR says:

    I really like your blog background and the snowflakes falling. How did you make it? I absolutely adore it.

    I used to like decorating the tree and stuff when I was a child, but these last two-three years I just can’t be bothered. I’ve much stuff to care about and recent deaths in our family have caused us to stay tree-less. I like how they decorate the city, with all the lights and all that jazz though… Nice post.

    • InJensMind says:

      Thank you for subscribing, reading and commenting. If you go to your general settings on your WordPress dashboard you will find a box that says enable snow until Jan.4th. Just click that and save. Instant snowflakes. The rest I just uploaded a background and a picture. I am glad you enjoy it.

      I have lost my sister this year to Cancer, two days after her diagnosis. If you read my posts from Breast Cancer Awareness month you can find out a lot. I have known so much death and sadness in my lifetime and even in moments of extreme depression I have still decorated for Christmas. Maybe it helps me because I have children. Children are a great help when it comes to finding your inner Christmas spirit and letting it loose. I know how hard it is after losing a loved one but, think about it this way… would they want you to put your life on hold indefinitely for them? Sometimes we may think we should punish ourselves by not being happy or enjoying life when our loved one cannot, I know I have been there more times than I care to admit. But, while we are punishing ourselves we are also punishing those around us. If you don’t want to do it big then don’t. Start small… get a tabletop tree. Throw some tinsel on the trees outside your house, not to high wouldn’t want animals to eat it. But, just something to bring a little merriness of the season into your immediate view. It will help you feel better and in turn help those around you to feel better as well.

      Thank you again for visiting my blog and I wish you a very merry Christmas and a healing New Year!

  4. AJ says:

    No worries. You’re not alone in belting out yuletide tunes. I do a mean Winter Wonderland even if we never get snow here in the tropics. 🙂

    Oh, and thanks for planting the idea of hanging our tree on the ceiling! I should try it this year. Great blog!

    • InJensMind says:

      Thank you AJ. That is awesome. I am so relieved to not be the only Christmas carol crooner. 😀 I am a firm believer in enjoying Christmas with or without snow. You are so very welcome. Please do come back and share with me a picture of your upside down tree. Also feel free to connect with me on any social network my links are on the page marked…Find Me On.

      Thank you again for visiting, so glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Susan Deborah says:

    Ah, this place seems so cozy and in tune with the Christmas season. Loved the snow flakes and the blue decorations. And, the post completely cracked me up. you do have a knack with stories. I have started the humming from mid-November and also downloaded a couple of Christmas songs to play.

    Well, merry Christmas, if I don’t find you on the 25th.

    Joy always,

    • InJensMind says:

      Well thank you so much Susan. I love to watch the snow fall. I am a bit disappointed that we have no snow where I live yet. My husband on the other hand thinks I’m a nut. lol I do try and keep people laughing, it makes me feel good too. Yes, that’s how it should be singing about snowmen and reindeer before Thanksgiving. 😀 Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. sukanyabora says:

    we have had one tree and its a plastic one but i think we do a darn good job decorating it. just posted pics of our decorations.
    i liked the humor in your post. btw, hanging up a tree upside down is a craze now, says moi, a HGTV addict.

    • InJensMind says:

      I will check those out Sukanya. Before, when we had only plastic we always thought it was the most beautiful of trees. Christmas spirit is all about how you perceive things. I love Christmas because it allows me to let all my love shine like Christmas lights. I bet upside down trees are hot, I know when we saw it our eyes lit up.Thank you very much for visiting.

  7. Andy says:

    I feel like I’m in Macy’s over here! (lol).
    I bet it’s a load of laughs at your house…I can feel your enthusiasm for Christmas.
    Lovely, fun post.
    Thanks for sharing Jen.

    For ref:
    My Wife, My Priceless Jewel

    BTW, thanks also for attending the Party over at my blog a few weeks back. The final poem has been posted & I’ve added a Party video of the shenanigans too. If you get a chance & would like a few laughs, please check it out here…

    • InJensMind says:

      Thank you Andy. I am beyond elated to be compared to Macy’s. Now if I can find some Christmas elevator music and some perfume testers dousing my readers in wonderful scents. Thank you for allowing me to participate in your Poetry Party.

  8. jan says:

    When I have a tree it is real…I loved your post, I could see the smiles and hear you sing. I love scrooge too, haven’t wathed any this year yet. Guess I better get on the ball.

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. -Voltaire

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