Scary words from a 4 year old...

Monday, 19 December 2011

Friday  morning, I heard the scariest words ever to come out of a four-year-old mouth.
‘Mummy! You are NOT going to believe what I’ve done!’
My first thought was, ‘Oh hell.’ You see, we don’t call him Hurricane Hunter for nothing. I had been desperately trying to grab a few extra minutes of sleep all the while knowing he was awake, but it never occurred to me that he’d decide to decorate the tree all by himself.  But that’s just what he did.

Fearing the worst, I followed him downstairs to find the tree ‘decorated’. I have to admit, there was a definite charm to the way he tangled all of the bead garland and heaped it onto the tree. His placement of the rest of the ornaments was precious, even though some didn’t survive and there were shards of red and white glass glittering on the floor.
He stood there proudly in front of the tree and asked ‘Do you love it?’. The tears collected in my eyes as I said ‘It’s beautiful’. And I truly meant it.
I know, it should’ve been decorated already, but in all honesty I had only just bought it on Wednesday. Between work, school, cheer and Hunter I haven’t had a minute to myself. Or a minute to go Christmas shopping. Right now, I’m just happy we even got a tree. If I had waited around for help from my ‘Bah-Humbug Hubby’ we wouldn’t have a tree.
As it was, by the time I made it to the tree farm the only ones left were too sad even for Charlie Brown. After searching high and low for a real tree, I gave up and set my sights on a fake tree. Finding the first 2 shops sold out, I started to pray. I mean, how do you tell a four year old that we waited too long and wouldn’t have a tree this year. In the end, I was able to find a beautiful fake tree that my son loves because it is ‘bigger than Daddy’.
I posted pictures of Hunter’s tree on FaceBook and was inundated with comments saying to leave it as it was—perfect, but I hate to admit that I couldn’t. Decorating for Christmas is something I look forward to all year! Once I pointed out to Hunter that we’d need to re-decorate to include the big rattan star lights we bought, he was only to happy for me to start over. I think he actually enjoyed getting to decorate it a second time.
I bought a 7 foot Duchess Spruce (pre-lit, of course, because I just don’t need the stress of lights) and had a vision of a country Christmas tree.  The trip home, combined with the fact that I am currently working on a number of projects aimed for the Harlequin American Romance line, has made me miss North Carolina more than I’d have ever thought possible and I can’t seem to get enough of the good old USA. I planned a full-on Country Christmas tree—with rattan star lights, felt decorations, cinnamon pine cones, dried orange slices and candy canes! And, of course, our ornaments from years past. I think it’s lovely.

Now that I’m off with Hunter until the New Year, I plan to take my little laptop, Della, down and sit in front of the tree to write as often as I can. The only downside is that I am now desperate to start a new story—a Christmas themed one. As if I needed any more to work on. Oh well, here’s to two weeks of baking cookies with my little monster and writing!


  1. The tree is beautiful, both times. :D Have fun writing and enjoy those cookies!

  2. I agree with Bethanne - they are both beautiful! Enjoy a fabulous Christmas :)

  3. Thanks, Bethanne and Jemi!

    I love that Hunter attempted the tree, and that I got pictures of it, but I also love my country Christmas tree-- it just feels good. And I got a lot done last night on my WIP (with the help of a plate full of chocolate chip cookies :D).

    Merry Christmas to you both!!

  4. It's beautiful! :)
    We let our three decorate the tree by themselves this year (aside from the lights). At ages 9, 7, and 3, they did a pretty good job and enjoyed it. Have a great Christmas. :)

  5. Thanks, Pippa. I don't know that I'll ever let him decorate alone (or with his soon-to-be little sister)-- I love doing it too much. I have thought that next year we might add a smaller tree to the decor and let him pick all of the decorations and do it himself. He'd love that! You have a Merry Christmas, too.


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