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Old 11-10-2017, 11:55 AM
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My sons are 17 and 15. We put up a 9 foot tree. It is decorated with ornaments they have made and ornaments we have purchased for them that are related to activities and interests. They both have a tub of ornaments. DH and I have stopped putting our ornaments on because theirs pretty much covers the whole tree.

Both of my boys have asked if we could decorate the tree this year in a specific color or related ornaments. More of a formal tree. They have proclaimed their paper plate, covered with glitter and sequins, wreaths uncool and embarrassing.

Would you
A) insist on what we have always done because of tradition and the fact that mom is a sentimental fool
B) switch to just the ornaments we have purchased over the years, supplementing with some of DH and my ornaments
C) go with their desire to have a formal tree in the living room and put up a new tree in another room where I can put sentimental stuff ($$$)
D) just a formal tree ($-$$)


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Old 11-10-2017, 12:11 PM
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I would do "C".

Absolutely. put up 2 trees.
You can never have too many Christmas trees.

It is great Mom is sentimental and even greater that two teenage boys care enough about the Christmas tree to have an opinion. Sounds like they are willing to help too. Bonus points.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:39 PM
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E.) I’d let them do whatever they want since they’re doing the work.

I like their initiative. Don’t you hate people like me who refuse your choices?
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:48 PM
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I like plan "C"
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:50 PM
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Well, my twins are 22 and I still put the tissue paper/glitter 9 inch paper plate with the picture of them front and center every year It is my favorite thing on the entire tree. But they aren't here anymore to object .

I would want to try to accommodate what they want, but not if it means paying lots of $$$ to get all new ornaments Is this what would be used every year from now on? Maybe a smaller tree on a table (like a 4 or 5 foot tree?) to do that, and still do your regular tree?


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Old 11-10-2017, 01:21 PM
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I like choice C.

I just researched ways to inexpensively decorate a tree (mostly with ribbon) for our miniature tree I put up on my kitchen counter. You can find sets of ornaments at Hobby Lobby for minimal $$$. They won't be expensive ornaments, but they'll match and will look nice with ribbon. There are tutorials on YouTube for using ribbon if they're willing to do that.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:32 PM
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Put up two trees. One formal and one more family-oriented. If you can't afford it, maybe just get the formal ornaments and purchase a second tree during the after-Christmas sales.

We have two big trees: one formal in the living/dining room and one more casual with family ornaments. DS(5) has his own small tree in his room for his special ornaments (he gets a new one each year).

If you still want to display the family ornaments without the tree, you can always hang ornaments from garland. I've done that before when I was single and didn't want/need a tree and it's really cute.
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Old 11-10-2017, 01:33 PM
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We did "D" when my daughter made this request several years ago. We actually enjoyed the tree too.
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If the kids want a change
Old 11-10-2017, 02:34 PM
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tell them to go for it. Give them a date for the unveiling. If you'd like, give them a limited budget and let them supplement that budget with their own funds. They will have fun shopping together and they will feel pride and ownership at the unveiling.

In a few short years you will be able to decorate any way you want. After your old favorites are gone for a while, the boys may begin to develop a bit of nostalgia.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:42 PM
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That is why we have two trees. We have a formal one in all gold in the living room and a sentimental one in the family room. I did pack up all my "teacher" ornaments last year. I think I gave the boys some of ones people gave to them.


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Old 11-10-2017, 06:07 PM
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I have a slight obsession with Christmas trees. I have 7!! I used to fill the back of our main living room Christmas tree with our memory ornaments. Several years ago our barn burned down and I lostvallof my Christmas decorations. We have slowly rebuilt our memory ornaments, but the front of the tree is always decorated pretty.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:20 PM
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I agree with amiga and rana: let them do what they like. It's just a tree. It's just a couple weeks. To me, XMAS about kids, so whatever makes them happy, I'm cool with.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:06 PM
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I would put up yours and your husbands ornament this year. Then on December 26 go shopping with your boys to buy the formal ornaments as they will be on sale. The new ornaments will go up for Christmas 2018. That will teach your sons to be economical and to be happy with delayed gratification.
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We do "C"
Old 11-11-2017, 06:02 AM
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I loved the homemade ornaments, but after they grow up, they aren't as interested. I guess those memories mean more to us right now than they do to them.
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