In the past, I have even gone as far as to not put up a tree. This was when the kids were younger and wouldn't really notice. If they did, they can blame me in therapy later. I used a large pencil cactus one year as a Texas Christmas tree. I passed it off as creative and festive, but it was pure laziness and distain for decorating.
My poor kids know that I'm a scrooge. They beg to put stuff up. We usually get the tree up a week before Christmas. It's usually sad-looking, but they love it. They beg to put lights outside in the bushes. I think I did that once YEARS ago. They love to hear the Christmas carols on the radio. I boycott those stations from Thanksgiving to New Years.
This year, I'm trying to be less grinchy. I have no place to put up a regular size tree, so I bought a small 4 foot one. It's even prelit. Yep. I'm fancy like that. I even bought lights to put outside in the bushes AND actually put them in the bushes! Yay me! The Christmas music radio stations have been turned on a couple times in the car. I even tried not to make grimaces. So maybe Grinch Nicole will be a memory, and a more Christmas tolerant Nicole will replace her.
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I can't even begin to tell you how much I detest the reindeer car. Sticking a red ball on the front of a motor vehicle and brown branches on either side does NOT make your car look like a reindeer. It makes you look like an idiot driving down the road. It makes me want to run through the parking lot ripping stuff of the cars. (Don't worry....I won't. I don't want to make little kids cry).
So if you have your car decorated as a reindeer, we can still be friends.....after New Years. Just don't let me see you or I may vomit a little bit in my mouth. :P