my knight is very happy! at last, the christmas spirit can be felt and seen in our house.
after dinner yesterday, i scheduled it for house decoration. for the past days, my youngest son had been inquiring when we would be doing it. i guess, he was already wondering why it’s already half of november, but there is no single christmas symbol which is seen in our household. so, with his constant inquiry, i had to tell them that we’d all do it together after the evening meal.
there are actually two regular parts of our decorations which require patience, time and cooperation. first is the christmas village and second, the christmas tree. from taking these houses (which were originally a collection of my sister nano but decided to give them to me when we transferred to las pinas city) out from their boxes down to having their new location each year, it would already eat up our time. looking for the small human figures and animals would be another important task. with this, we had to do a jigzaw puzzle solving as we look for their pairs. i’m glad, knight was very much willing to do this job including the positioning of the different sizes of pine trees made out of native material last night. at least, he had outgrown his fondness of repositioning the different characters in the christmas village. i remember that he used to do that when he was still younger. evey day, i had to look for a missing character only to find out that its location was changed. i told him about this and he laughed.
next in line is our 12-year old christmas tree. preparing the base and securing the innermost metal pole with four metal screws in the middle of it is the part of putting up this tree that would test our patience specifically mine. i would never perfect achieving the right balance of the four metal legs once i have tightened the screws. before, if i could no longer contain my impatience, i would make do of the unbalance and just solve it by placing a folded cardboard under the leg/s that caused the problem. last night though, i left everything to the older twin, arthur. as i guided him how to do it, i could sense that he was also losing his patience as he failed in his first, second and third attempts. he had to tighten, unloosen and tighten the screws again just to get it right. he was already losing his energy (and i think, also his patience) as he would put force in tigthening the screws. beads of perspiration already appeared on his forehead. before i decided to take control again, he placed the base on the floor and voila, the needed equilibrium was achieved! his success was like a firestarter because eight pairs of hands quickly produced the artificial evergreen fir to be placed around the poles through color-coding.
i am not sure whether it’s out of courtesy that they let me do the “honor” of inserting each branch in the hole or they simply do not like the job. haha…well, whichever it is, i still gladly did it. when i finished forming the tree, i dramatically declared that for this year, i just wanted it to be bare. my twins made a face and obviously did not believe me. knight was the one who reacted verbally saying that it would be an ugly christmas tree minus all the trimmings. and before i could continue with my joke, he already opened the box where we kept the christmas balls and started the work which he also enjoyed doing. last year, he was my only patient assistant in decorating our christmas tree.
you see, i have been the principal “interior designer” in the family for the past years. but this time, i allowed my sons (especially my twins!) to make suggestions so as to involve them and continue a family tradition which i have set.
and i was happy that the strategy worked. in fact, theirs was a creative one. i approved of their ideas and saw that it was better than mine. i also saw the pride in them as we viewed the result.
this morning, as we all woke up we were all wearing a smile seeing the transformation that we did to our house. despite the absence of my husband, we will make sure that the true essence of christmas will be realized and shared by us.