Patty went out with her brother yesterday evening to go get our Christmas tree. They'd just left when it started to snow, quite heavily. A little later we had an 8 foot Christmas tree in our living room, and a very excited Nate, who could not wait to decorate it.
We very quickly realized though, that there is quite a big difference between the number of lights you need for a 6 foot tree, compared to an 8 foot tree. Since we have only ever been able to fit a 6 foot tree in our old place in Vancouver, we only had enough lights for a 6 foot tree. After several failed attempts at trying to stretch the lights to cover the tree, it was pretty clear that we needed to get more lights if we wanted to trim the tree that evening.
By this time, Nate was getting quite frantic about being unable to start the tree decorating. It was still snowing and blowing like crazy outside and neither one of us really relished the thought of having to venture out for lights in that weather. We tried to convince Nate to wait till the next day to trim the tree, but he was having none of it. Increasingly distraught at the prospect of having to wait another day, he bowed his head and wandered away, announcing "I'm walking away from Christmas!"
I found him sitting on the floor of Patty's office, in the dark. A few minutes later, I was getting snow blasted in the face as I walked to Walmart to get some lights.
Nate got to trim his tree before going to bed.