If a Christmas tree falls in the living room and no one is around to hear it, did it really fall?
You know the scene in the cheesy Christmas movie where the Christmas tree, decorated in all of its glory, suddenly comes crashing to the floor? Yes that scene. I've seen it many times in movies. Well, it can actually happen in real life, too!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, our family and Papa Hodge joined some friends and boarded a train in Filmore bound for Santa Paula to pick out our Christmas tree. We searched. We found. We chopped the perfect tree down. We ate a picnic lunch and we boarded the train for the ride back to the station. The trees rode back on the train, too.
We tied the perfect tree to Papa's car and drove back to Ojai. That night we decorated it. We went to bed and the next morning we had to do it all over again!
In the middle of the night, our beautiful, perfect Christmas tree fell forward onto the carpet. Funny! What made the story even more humorous was that Eric--having gotten up in the middle of the night with back pain--had fallen back asleep on the living room floor. The tree could have landed on him. Can you imagine...
Anyway, when Eric awoke the next morning, he found a tree lying next to him. He propped it back up and anchored it to the wall with fishing line and a screw. By the time I wandered out of bed that morning, the girls had all of the ornaments on the chair, waiting to redecorate the tree. Amazingly enough, only two ornaments broke; one made of paper and one of clay. Both were not sentimental. Eric didn't take pictures of the tree lying on the floor, but here are a few of BOTH of our decorating times.
|Decorating #1: Autumn helping Eric with the lights.|
|The finished tree #1, Saturday night.|
|Decorating #2: Amber putting on the Angel.|
|The finished tree #2, Sunday morning.|