Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away and while some stations have already changed over to non-stop holiday music, it is still too early, in my humble opinion, to put up a Christmas Tree. I am pretty certain that somewhere in the Mayflower Compact it prohibits anyone from putting up a Christmas Tree before Thanksgiving Day.
However, it is not too early to begin thinking about Christmas decorations: where the tree will go, how to decorate the house and so forth. We do not have a nicely coordinated, neat and tidy Christmas Tree and that is the way I like it. Our tree tells a story. The ornaments are an eclectic collection that narrates a tale that began more almost four decades ago. Many of the ornaments bring back specific memories over the years. While they do not have much monetary value, they do have a lot of sentimental value.
As might be expected, at some point the number of ornaments exceeds the number of spots to hang them on the tree branches. We have reached that inevitable point in life where it is time to downsize the number of ornaments. (Well it is time to downsize a lot of things, but we will start with Christmas ornaments.) What better way in this digital age to reduce the number of ornaments than to sell a few on eBay? As I went through the process of listing several I was surprised to see the dates. A few were from a few years ago while others were dated 1996, 1993, 1992. I begin to think about the changes that occurred over that time, how my boys have grown and how I have changed. But these ornaments are not ones that have “special” memories and I suppose I can make it through this Christmas without an ornament of Dilbert in a cup of coffee.
However if the thought if Dilbert in a cup of coffee makes you think of Christmas, you can have it if you are the highest bidder.