Every time I've gone down to our basement storage room over the past six months, it's irked me that we have four Christmas trees. It's all about the moving; we only had two trees (one big and one small) pre-Foreign Service. We picked up the second small tree in Port of Spain when our household effects didn't make it to us in time (they were in country but stuck in customs; don't get me started on that) and the second tall tree last year when we were at Oakwood without any Christmas things in our unaccompanied air baggage.
So that's why we have this in our living room right now.
All four trees have lights, although you can't really tell that in this photo. And each has a theme of sorts ...
The big tree on the left -- with the most traditional decorations -- is our original one. We bought it in 2002, but I only know that because its box keeps reminding me. Among its branches are nine Hallmark cat ornaments, Christmas presents from my sister-in-law Heather each year she's been married to my brother.
The big tree on the right -- the bling tree -- is the one I bought when we were at Oakwood last year. All of its ornaments are glass, or at least sparkly. I guess we could term it religious bling, as there is a set of Mikasa nativity ornaments nestled in its branches. The baby Jesus is very cute.
The small tree on the left is fiber-optic. (You don't have to tell me that's all kind of classy, I know.) It's the one we got in Port of Spain, so there's no doubt it also was the most overpriced of everything you see. Its ornament theme is things Owen can't break. He has pulled it over once, but he hasn't even noticed it in a while.
The fourth tree -- the small one on the right -- is all done up in white, blue and silver. It's adorable.
That snowman between the big trees was part of a Relief Society craft night in one of our previous wards. Maybe someone reading this will recognize it. I wish I could remember whose idea it was. It's made of blocks of wood, which can be haphazardly packed into random boxes and reassembled whenever there's need for a snowman. Totally cool.
Is it all a bit much? Of course it is! But I figured we have the room, and we might not anywhere else we live. Maybe next year the trees will go in different rooms, but that would have been way too much to monitor with Owen running around.