We set up our Christmas tree today. Last year we foraged a very Charlie Brown tree from the woods, and this year we bought one. (Less likely to tip over on Lili)
I love this time of year, and I love having a decorated tree inside our house. I can't stop staring at it although Lili hardly seems phased by it at all. We got home late last night so the tree spent it's first night in our shower and when she passed it by she looked at it mildly curious, but not even enough so to bother pointing at it. And now that it is set up she has tried to rip a couple ornaments off, but mostly she stumbles by it as if were just another random thing piled up by the front door.
Growing up my family had the big opaque colored light bulbs. When we went light shopping last year my desire was to recreate that in my own home. Alex and I spent forever in the Christmas light isle of Target weighing the options. Basically aesthetics vs. morals. The horrible/wonderful fact is that they now make LED lights that waste almost zero electricity compared to the regular Christmas lights that suck LOTS. It is these wonderful, energy happy lights that go against the foundation of my lighting aesthetic. I like my lights to be colorful and soft. A warm yellow and a pinkish red. These LED lights are glaringly bold and primary. They make me feel like I am at a Phish concert right in my own living room. *sigh*
Oh well. I will just pray that someday I will get the best of both worlds with my lights. In the meantime I will just light a few candles around the room...