Our first Christmas tree was actually a little” Charlie Brown” tree. The year was 1979 and we were living on a tight budget as newlyweds. Looking around the Christmas tree lot on that cold night in Iowa we realized we couldn’t afford any of them! As we were leaving hubby Tom spotted this little tree sticking out from under the trailer on the Christmas tree lot. He asked the guy how much and the reply was “Oh, you don’t want that, the trunk is bent!” Actually we did. It took a little convincing but finally the guy realized we were serious and on a budget! After trimming off a good portion of the crooked trunk he charged us a mere $4 and sent us happily on our way.
We proudly took our first Christmas tree home. We didn’t have a tree stand so we improvised with an empty coffee can on top of a little bamboo stool and draped it with some red felt in place of a tree skirt. I bought some ribbon and made little bows and strung some popcorn. Hubby Tom surprised me with a beautiful Hallmark angel ornament. If you look closely you can see the little angel is hanging about center on the right side.
Thus a tradition was born, as this angel ornament has taken center stage on our Christmas tree every year since. I loved it then and thirty two years later it still brings me joy when I carefully unwrap it and hang it on our tree. It takes us back to that first tree and the start of our lives together. Since then we have moved on to bigger trees, more ornaments and a beautiful tree skirt but that first Christmas tree will always be one of our favorites.
On Thursday as I was cleaning house I decided to purge my old Cooking Light and Clean Eating magazines. A 13 gallon waste basket was filled to overflowing! Things went wrong when I attempted to move it out to the trash by myself. What was I thinking?
Friday morning when I got up I had some serious lower-back pain going on, but I pushed it out of my mind as I had a few things that needed to be taken care of. After running errands in the morning with Katy I came home to get ready for a girls’ lunch out with a few of my friends. As I got up from the bar stool at my kitchen island my back seized up and I couldn’t move! Thank goodness my cell phone was right there and I texted my friends that I wouldn’t make it to lunch.
I will admit that I experienced a moment of panic since I was home alone and not sure what to do next. I seemed to be frozen in an upright position. After 10 to 15 minutes I was able to move around the kitchen and eventually made my way to the family room. I spent the rest of the afternoon in a chair with an ice pack – aka a bag of frozen peas!
I have never experienced back pain like this. Today I feel about the same as yesterday. A restless night didn’t help. Needless to say, my holiday weekend isn’t going as I had planned. Thank goodness I made two kinds of soup on Thursday- one new recipe and a batch of Brazilian Ham & Black Bean Soup as well as Mexican Shredded Chicken in the slow cooker. We have enjoyed the ease of heat and eat meals!
Hopefully tomorrow I will be recovered enough to make our traditional Christmas morning breakfast. If not, it will be a learning, growing experience for the family to learn how to make aebelskivers - Danish pancakes!
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Wishing you much Peace, Love, and Joy this holiday season.
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