Tress and Gifts [Days 14 & 15]

Day 14: Real or artificial tree?

I mentioned this in Day 7’s post about my most memorable Christmases. Growing up, we always had a fake tree which was great – less hassle, less maintenance, less clean-up.

But. I still always wanted to experience a real Christmas tree. Then, two Christmases ago, I was spending my first Christmas with Tom and his family. I had just finished up with my grad school exams and had moved from Manhattan to his parents’ house in Long Island. They caught wind of my desire to have a real tree and decided that they would go back to having a real tree.

I got to go with them to pick out the tree and it was such a fun experience! Everything smelled pine-y and it was cold and snowy, adding to the season and the effect of it all.

Christmas Trees!

When we got our tree home, it smelled so wonderful and looked so pretty; even Finster liked it.

Finster and the tree

Again, I didn’t have to clean up the needles, water it, or get rid of it once Christmas was over, so I am still all for a real tree. When Tom and I have our own house, I definitely want to get real trees, even if we stick to tiny ones!

Day 15: Best gift you’ve ever given?

I’m not about to brag about things I’ve gotten people. It’s not about the cost or size of the item, it’s more of the excitement I felt before giving a gift and while watching the person open it. It’s about knowing someone so well that you get them a gift that you are sure will make them happy.

Two Christmases ago, I got my mom a record player, some speakers, and a few records to replace some of hers that she lost during the yard sale once I moved. It made her really happy – although her original records would never be replaced, it helped a little.

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