...to find out if I can successfully bring home a Christmas tree in the car with Silas.
The answer is, yes.
no longer have my dear Sebring, but I guess it's for the best, as this
would have been an impossible task. In our new car, I can put down two
of the seats and move Silas's carseat to behind the driver's seat. That
way, the tree fit in on an angle through the trunk and I got to see
Silas point and smile at the visible tree top on the drive home.
picking out the tree was fun too. I had to steel myself to walk right
past the more expensive, taller trees and we headed to the 5-6 foot
section. I'm not a huge fan of the tree shopping here in Florida,
because my northern upbringing insists that I shouldn't be able to wear
sandals while picking out a Christmas tree, but it was almost eighty
degrees out, so here we are!
Silas liked looking at all
the different trees, and I pulled out a few from the piles to show him,
spinning them around while he clapped and smiled and pointed at the
bald spots. The one I ended up getting was, of course, the one that he
seemed to smile the most at. Now, I had Silas in a shopping cart seat,
because while he can walk, he does not quite understand how to stay near
me yet. I debated grabbing an employee to come get the tree for me,
since I didn't think I could carry the tree and push the cart at the
But, I decided I should at least give it a
try first. So I lifted up the tree and put it in the cart (remember, I
was at the 5-6 ft section, so it's not like this was a mega tree or
anything). I pushed the cart in a short test run and nothing fell over,
so I brought the tree to the front of the store, getting only a few odd
My favorite part was when an older lady came
into look for a small tree and Silas started waving "Hello!" to her.
Waving hello is Silas's newest skill, and she smiled and waved back at
him and stopped to chat for a bit, telling me about her granddaughter
who was also starting to wave hello. I really love being able to share
these sort of conversations with strangers. It's a lot of fun, and I
like seeing the pride that parents and grandparents take in their
children come through in conversation.
The store employee
at the front only seemed mildly hesitant when I said I wanted to put the
tree in the back of my car. I'm sure they've put many trees in smaller
cars though, and indeed, it was no problem to fit the small fir tree
into the trunk of the car.
I think that the hardest
part of the day was trying to stand the tree up and secure it in the
base all by myself once we got home, while Silas did his best to "help."
The tree only fell over once during this process (obviously I kept it
from going towards Silas; thank goodness for small, "easy-to-handle"
trees) and when it was set up straight, decorating with Silas was fun.
he tried to suck on the Christmas lights, because I have the slightly
larger teardrop style lights. After I put an end to that, he started
trying to unwind the lights once I put them on the tree. I gave him the
plastic ball ornaments to unpack, and he set to this task vigorously. I
had gotten the non-breakable ornaments three years back, before I even
had a Silas to think about, and I'm glad I did. They might not shine as
nicely as glass ornaments, but I do appreciate the peace of mind that if
Silas grabs a hold of one roughly, he won't end up with shards of glass
All in all, the bottom of the tree is
already a mess from Silas checking everything out. He had to pull the
lights and garland and the bottom branches. But he seems to have
accepted that this tree is now just part of our household decoration and
he's MOSTLY leaving it be. Now that I've written that, I can only
imagine what he will do when he wakes up tomorrow.