We all know that the year sucked. But we’re desperately trying to keep some sense of normalcy in our Christmas decorating – primarily because it’s a last ditch attempt to submit to the horror and ennui.
Today was the day we put up the tree. I tried to play with the process a bit in some Facebook posts.
The first thing I noticed is that it seemed much shorter than in previous years. First troubleshooting step is to assume operator error!
Taller now, but seems to be strangely darker and less festive than nominal…
Very much better, complete with white lights, colored lights, bubble lights, and the most eclectic mix of ornaments covering nearly forty years that you’ve ever seen. No “theme” here (I remember a year as a child when my mother went nuts on a theme and got a white flocked tree, no green at all, and then put red spherical ornaments all over – it was very Malaria Trump-ish) other than the theme of “This Is The Willett Family History.”
One new ornament that I just got (after seeing a pilot/JPL acquaintance on Twitter get one and show it off):
Finally, this year we got the tree set up properly in the middle of the living room show window that looks out onto the front yard and street.