Every year on after the Thanksgiving meal we set up the Christmas tree at Grandma and Grandpa's house. It's a family tradition. When we attempted to set up our tree at home before leaving for vacation we couldn't find our box of ornaments. They got misplaced somehow in the move to our new home. The kids were disappointed but we reassured them that they'd get to help hang ornaments on Grandma's tree.
But it wasn't meant to be. For some reason Grandma and Grandpa decided to skip the big tree this year and instead just put up the dinky little thing you can see in the background of this photo of Robin and 3 of her kids. It just doesn't feel like Christmas time now. We have no photos of kids wrapped in garlands. There were no homemade ornaments or paper chains. Someone made popcorn while we were there, but can you believe they actually ATE IT instead of stringing it?! Oh, the inhumanity of it all!!
There's no help for it, I guess. We'll just have to buy some new ornaments. Ones that have no special meaning behind them like our missing ones do. It's just so sad that we won't be trimming the tree with all the cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents this year. Maybe next year we can all work together to sneak a tree into Grandma's house?