me – let’s go look at trees at 5:00 because they are on sale this week-end
husband – why do we have to look at trees?
me – they are on sale this week-end, and remember i want to put up the tree early this year since we always seem to be rushed the week before Christmas
husband – when did you say we were going to put up the tree this week-end?
me – i said it 3 times this week so as not to “spring it” on you and the kids since it isn’t our normal ritual
husband – i don’t remember that
me – i believe you don’t remember that, can we go look at trees today?
2 hours later, after looking at trees and finding one we like and it is out of stock, but maybe at another store that is now closed for the night…
me – let’s go to a different store since they probably all have the same trees
husband – but we found a tree we like, why can’t we wait until tomorrow
me – they may not have it at the store tomorrow, we are already out, it’s not like we were looking for that perfect tree for 2 months and now we are in love with it, let’s look somewhere else and get this done so i can put up the tree tonight
husband – i don’t understand why we can’t wait until tomorrow
…second store successful, tree is now in the car, headed home…
me – (to kid) come help, let’s put the tree up together and start the decorating
kid – why do we have to do this tonight?
me – i said it 3 times this week so as not to “spring it” on you, remember?
kid – i don’t remember that
me – i believe you don’t remember that, come help
…kid starts helping, all is fine…
husband walks in – you know, you can’t make something a new tradition just because you want to
@#$% (some bad conversation happened here)
later in the evening…family sitting at a late dinner, tree is decorated, and interesting family conversation ensues
kids – wow, the tree looks great, that was a good idea to put it up earlier so we can enjoy it, thanks mom
husband – honey, you did a great job, and the tree you picked is perfect
me (feeling pretty warm and fuzzy inside) – cheers, Merry Christmas
kid – does this mean we have to say Merry Christmas every day this month since the tree is up?
me – no comment