My parents didn't have a lot, but every Christmas they always tried to go all out. My dad used to be excited to decorate the entire house, they would light up with joy watching us smile as we hurriedly opened gifts.
Some times our family friends, Mary & Paul would come over.
I miss Killeen, Texas sometimes. Or maybe it's just the memories I miss and not the location?
So this year, we decided since we are on a very tight budget, we would dust off the old FAUX Christmas Tree. One advantage is, it is pre lit. I remember MiMi's first Christmas. it was 2005. She was 9 months old. We were too poor to afford a tree of any kind. I bought a tiny little 5 dollar garden center tree that looked like a Christmas tree and put it on our coffee table with gifts piled around it. It wasn't much, but we tried.
As Christmas ended, we had a few gift cards to Wal Mart. We went a few days after Christmas and got a fake tree that was normally $100 bucks for $20. It was such an excitement to me.
I let the kids decorate it (Ethan was more interested in sticking ornaments on top of branches so Sissy corrected those for him).
And while I miss the aroma and feel goodness that a real tree brings, nothing a little cedar lit candle won't cure :)