So, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this Christmas tree situation this week.

Big tree or two little trees. Choices, choices.

I have to admit, the time saved by putting up two smaller trees versus the large tree is attractive as is the time it will save when it’s time to put it all away.

But, I have come to the realization that after years of putting up my beloved “big” tree with all those ornaments that make me smile and bring back so many memories, it is going to be in the living room and enjoyed on those evenings when I’m at home as it has in the past.

So, in just a short week, the tree will be standing naked waiting for me to fluff and stuff and decorate.

I’ll haul out all the bins and boxes, because the small space under the stairs dictates the tree box goes in first. The good thing about that is all the rest of the decorations may still be boxed but they will also be in the area they are used and at hand when I get to that room.

So, all you readers out there who sent me advice on whether to listen to my husband’s kind offer can settle down. The tree will take its place in the living room as usual.

Now I’m plotting and planning how it will all go. I usually save the tree for last because it takes a lot of concentration and effort for it to look satisfactory, though it never really seems to be done. I’ll adjust and move ornaments almost up to the day I take it down.

The outside decorations will of course depend on the weather. There were a few years in the last two decades that the outside lights were forgone because of early snow or frigid temperatures. Timing is everything.

For now, I’m going to concentrate on Thanksgiving and all it entails. There’s a rather large grocery list, cleaning and pre-prep to be done before the big day. I can almost smell that bird roasting and hear the soft clatter of eggs boiling on the stove. The dressing will be bubbling away in the crock pot and appetizers laid out on plates.

My brother and his wife will be home from South Bend and my child has even hinted at a surprise appearance.

I have to confess that I’ve already been listening to a Christmas tune here and there and I’m ready. As soon as I enjoy my turkey, it’s on!