I'm all for change, and the trees were taller, Costco is about 5 minutes from our house, and they were only $29. Michael and I were totally on board. Save time and money? Heck yes. We still needed to make sure to have an "official" family tradition (for my brothers), but we decided to make a new one. My older brother, Mark, and his wife, Molly didn't attend this year. It was a combination of him being busy and him boycotting the tradition change- those Strickland boys don't do well with change. This tradition change was only acceptable because it was initiated by Gooch. If I had suggested it, it never would have been allowed. We'll get Mark and Molly to come next year :-)
Since we've never done the whole Costco tree thing, Gooch and Ericka wanted to get there bright and early at 9:30 when they started selling trees. They were afraid Costco would run out of all the good ones. We quickly discovered that would not be an issue, they had a HUGE truck full. The thing about getting a Costco tree is that you can't see what it looks like. They are all wrapped up and shipped from North Carolina. You have to guess what it might look like. Gooch and Ericka asked for the biggest tree they had, and got a good 8 footer. Michael and I opted for a more conservative 7 1/2 footer, and my parents got a 7 footer. Michael and I were lucky ours wasn't taller, because we discovered that we have 8 foot ceilings, and the tree with the star just barely fits in our living room. After we all got our prize "mystery trees", We went back to Gooch and Ericka's house in Eden Prairie for hot chocolate and waffles.
While we were drinking hot chocolate, Gooch unwrapped his tree. Luckily it was the prettiest tree we'd all ever seen! Discount, mystery, Costco tree... Score! Michael and I had a very nice looking tree as well, and from what I hear, my parents is also very nice.
|No Watson! You can't eat the tree!|
|We gave in temporarily...|
Michael, Gooch, and Ericka helped me choose which colors to decorate the tree this year. I was vetoed on all my great ideas. A colored tree (too boring), only green/gold (too packers), only purple with gold (too Vikings), only blue (too Jewish...wait, a Jewish Christmas tree in an oxymoron...) and finally decided to just go with a neutral gold/silver theme on my tree this year, and I also decorated it with some dried hydrangeas from my back garden.
Now that the tree is up, I have to watch Watson closely because he thinks all the ornaments on the tree are toys for him, and the tree stand is a giant doggie water dish. Last year we gated off the tree entirely, but this year he's been pretty good about staying away after we scolded him the first few times.
|He looks sweet, but shortly before this picture was taken he was trying to eat the ornaments.|