decorating is done

the past few years it seems like we have rushed to get our tree, hurried to get it up and then next thing you know, Christmas was over and it was time to take the tree down. well this year, i decided to decorate early so that we had time to enjoy it. i spent a few hours here and there last week putting things out and then yesterday, me, dillon and Samantha spent the afternoon trimming the tree (jeff made cookies and cut bezels for me while we decorated).
last year after i spent an afternoon putting lights on the tree, i thought to myself, i am really not enjoying this. i was tired of the keeping a real tree alive, watering it, the smelly water, needles everywhere - so in that moment, i declared "we are getting a fake tree next year". there was alot of grumbling about it, but hey, i'm the one doing most of the work and i'm tired of it! so a fake tree was found last year at Costco and stored away until this year. it is a beautiful tree, prelit and easy to put up. i simply said, "jeff could you bring in the tree?" and we were ready to go. easy peezee! the tree looks little in the picture, but it is big, around 7'.5". we filled it up with every possible ornament and i have to say, it is really beautiful. i enjoy looking at it and i enjoy it more knowing i don't have to worry if it is dying or not. (like 2 years ago when my tree was brittle before Christmas even arrived.)
here is my lovely angel ornament sitting on the tree