When you get to the Christmas tree lot that is when the fun really begins. Families rarely agree on anything in unison and when you are out to get your Christmas tree you do not have weeks to argue like you do when Dad announces that the family is going to Florida on vacation to play golf and Mom counteracts with something about her dead body and the inability for Dad to get over it. This has to happen that night so the arguing begins and inevitably everyone has to give a little or you will spend all night in the freezing cold. With the tree agreed upon it is taken home where it is set up in the stand so it can thaw overnight before it can be decorated. Brother never seems to understand that the family has to wait for a day before they can decorate and every year he has to be sent to his room because yelling at the top of his lungs can get annoying after a while. The next night it is time to decorate the tree.
Sister wants nothing to do with decorating the tree while decorating the tree is the closest thing to happy that Dad ever becomes all year long. Mom wants to make sure that all of the family heirloom decorations make it on to the tree and Brother just wants to see that thing covered in tinsel and glittering like a rock star. In the end you are left with a beautiful Christmas tree for your family’s holiday and wasn’t that worth it? It is a shame that such a family activity is disappearing because experiences like this is what makes a lifetime worth of memories. Inevitably everyone looks back on the chaos of getting a Christmas tree and wishes they could do it all over again.