Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Is It A Lemon?
There is a tree standing in our living room and it took enormous effort on our part to accomplish this. In our search for the right artificial tree, we went to too many stores to count, and many stores more than once. We eventually decided on a tree that was 31% off and were pretty happy with the price. We brought it home and Joel unpacked it and set it up.......and then we realized there was no stand in the box. Say, what?
I mentioned to Joel that he should check to make sure the lights worked and he did. Then he drove across town back to the store receipt in hand, and returned home with a stand. Yay. He got the tree put together and plugged in the lights only to discover the top section of the tree did not light up! What????? It was late in the day and we could not agree on whether the whole tree should go back or just the top, so we decided to "sleep on it". The next day I agreed to just taking back the top of the tree, but Joel decided to exchange the whole tree. So he headed back to the store and came home with a new top section because he told them he wanted a new tree and they came back with just a new top! Whatever! He left the store tree in hand after making sure that the lights all worked!
A couple days later, so far, so good. It is lit, it is steady and straight in the stand, and our new tree is now holding it's place of honor. I confess though, that I have put off decorating it. I'm no longer holding my breath nor waiting for the next problem to pop up, but I am only cautiously optimistic.
So, our oldest son called and we told him about our journey with this tree......he suggested that maybe Jesus was trying to tell us something when so many things went wrong on our cross over into fake vs real. His argument was that there were no artificial trees around the stable when Jesus was born. Now, he knows full well there were no pine trees at the manger either, but you get the idea. Real trees please!!!
It truly has not been an easy choice to make. But here we are, staring at a Christmas tree in our living room with a long skinny trunk, that smells a little like fire retardant and looks just a little too perfect. In a couple more days, if nothing else goes wrong and we don't officially declare this tree of a "lemon" variety??? Then we will decorate it.