Kris Trek: The Search For A F***ing Christmas Tree
Posted on November 21, 2011
“Consistency is the root of all repetition.”
I responded with that in an IM to someone at work last week. He thought I was being a smart ass, but the truth is I had no idea what it meant, what it was supposed to mean or what relevance it may or may not have in my life. I don’t even know why I’m bringing it up now. Things haven’t exactly made much sense the last seven days, so why not one more thing? Remember when I blogged last week about starting a new Christmas tradition? Oh, the angst of that decision. I literally made myself physically sick for two days this past weekend dealing with having to buy a new Christmas tree.
It’s absolutely ridiculous and I admit it. I was SO completely thrown when I went to put my tree up, the same tree I’ve had for 35+ years, and discovered that pieces were missing and it was in quite sad shape. Her final showing would be last year and I think it was better that way. No thinking and brooding about having to let her go this year. And the search for a new tree began. Holy Christ almighty! I checked SEARS, Kohl’s, Costco, K-Mart, Sea World, Target, Lowes, Hobby Lobby, English Gardens and Wiegand’s.
When I wasn’t out driving around, making sure dad had his needs tended to and faking my way through conversations with Pookie so he wouldn’t guess something was wrong, I was searching for just the right addition to our household. I did find one. Actually, I found two, but I returned the first one. The second one…was the best out of all the trees I saw. Admittedly, I didn’t know if it would work or not. I set it up and finally fluffed it last night, then plugged it in. She’s going to shine just fine.
The ridiculous part is how sick I made myself looking for this thing. I’ve had friends, family, co-workers, my boss…people I’ve never met before and even others mention that I’m full of shit. Got news for you, not this past weekend. Oh, no. I’m pretty sure I even lost a bit of weight.
If there’s a brightly colored lining to this event, the lights are up, the place is decorated, the tree is up, and I’m just waiting on batteries for some of the Christmas ornaments before I start hanging them. I’ll be in excellent shape for Wednesday when my guy comes home and I’m hoping it’ll be worth all the work. There’s something about seeing the look of wonder and amazement on his face when he sees something unexpected…in a good way. It makes it worthwhile for me. A few folks have asked for pics and I did take a before pic. Once I have the tree finished, I’ll take an after pic and post it.
Isn’t it amazing the things we do for love?
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
7 Responses to “Kris Trek: The Search For A F***ing Christmas Tree”
Charlie Cochrane says:
November 21, 2011 at 8:41 am
When do we get to see pics of this here tree?
We always have a real one, just for the smell.
Sara York says:
November 21, 2011 at 8:44 am
Sweetie, hang in there. I can’t wait to see the pictures. Isn’t it crazy what we make ourselves crazy over.
C. Zampa says:
November 21, 2011 at 8:54 am
I don’t think it was crazy at all. I sort of knew how you felt. Hell, a tree that’s been around that long is like family and hard to replace…physically and mentally.
Sounds like you did wonderful with the new one, though, and we can’t wait for you and Pookie to be able to share it together, to start your new tradition.
Can’t wait to see the pictures!
Dawn R. says:
November 21, 2011 at 9:55 am
Can’t wait to see the pictures. Relax, breathe and Ralph is going to love it.
Dorien Grey says:
November 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Whenever I hear “What I did for Love” from A Chorus Line, I shall think of you.
Dawn Tate says:
November 22, 2011 at 10:12 am
Glad to hear you found something… were you able to find one that wasnt pre-lit or did you break down and buy one that had the lights already attached to the branches?
November 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm
I ended up with one that was pre-lit, but it’s quite a catch! I’m extremely happy with it so far. Thank you for asking. =) That was really sweet.