Early Christmas Spirit and a Target Gem

by Amy on November 19, 2013

in Keeping House

It’s November the 19th and our Christmas tree is up and decorated in the living room. This is pretty rare…we usually like to wait until well after Nate’s birthday in late November to start decorating for Christmas. I’ve always been one of those people who likes to wait until December 1st to get in the Christmas mood.

Something has happened, this year, though, and for the first time in a long time I am really excited to get our home fixed up for the holidays. Part of it is just that I’m running out of time…with plenty of events and parties booked for my Scentsy business as well as Nate’s birthday and Graham’s evening course that he’s attending two nights a week, getting an artificial tree for our home this year became almost a necessity. But now that it’s in the house, I’m extra excited for the sights and sounds of Christmas.

I’ve tried not to be too disappointed about not having a real Christmas tree this year. After all, I grew up in a home where we always had fresh Christmas trees, and we have brought Nate in a stroller to select a tree in years past. Even when he was only a week old, Graham and I managed to get out of the house together for an hour to get a fresh Christmas tree!

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Over the weekend I caved and popped into Target to see what their selection was like for artificial trees. Unfortunately, the one I selected (which of course, was on sale), was all sold out. I want to hand it to the young staff members I encountered at the North Oshawa Target store, though…they made multiple phone calls to other stores to see if the tree was in stock when I had only asked about one other location.

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They offered to carry out the tree I settled on without being asked, and took it upon themselves to ask of management on my behalf whether the sale price would be honoured for the other tree since my original selection was sold out. The young man who helped me to the truck was so kind and patient as I juggled all of the other boxes and items I had in my truck to fit the large boxed tree inside. His name was Roy, and I hope Target realizes the gem they have in him.

(This is in no way a sponsored post. Ho ho ho.)

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Jess November 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

Beautiful tree! We bought ours from Walmart last year and it isn’t my favourite. Matt chose one of those all white ones and it’s nice enough but not traditional enough for my peculiar tastes. even he had to admit that the white was a little too modern! But we are both too cheap to get a new green one haha. We also don’t do real trees because Matt has a vendetta against them (please don’t ask him why – ain’t nobody got time for that lol).

We’ll be setting up the tree December 1st! I don’t have the excuse of being too busy to set up early yet :( lol hopefully that’ll be me next year!

Amy November 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

You will be, Jess, and I agree with the white Christmas trees! I just couldn’t do it!

Mom November 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I echo your sentiment with regards to the good folks at Target. I had a similar experience the only time I’ve been there which was last week after our Scentsy booth visit. I was impressed with the price of the groceries and the cleanliness of the store. More importantly perhaps, because you can’t put a price on them, is the fact that everywhere I looked there were smiling employees, one of whom ran back quickly to get me the yogourt I forgot when I was halfway through cashing out. They certainly are “on Target”. I will visit them again soon.

I want to tell you that I am elated for your Yuletide enthusiasm. You are much like I was when I was your age and into my more recent years as well, though to a lesser degree. I invite you to consider what you told me one year when I was overly concerned about all things Christmas. You said, “Mom, I know you. Everything doesn’t have to sparkle and be all ‘twinkly and perfect’ “. In that moment I knew you got me like no one else ever had or ever would. So if you have the odd moment when you feel that things aren’t perfect (the pine cone doesn’t fall far from the evergreen) or your enthusiasm wains a little over the coming weeks–you are only human, after all–remind yourself that everything doesn’t have to be all twinkly and perfect. You are doing a beautiful job. During these years of growing older, watching you make Christmas happen is the gift you give me every year. Aside from the incredible person and daughter you are, I feel I must have been a positive example for you and there is nothing more heartwarming than knowing you did that for your child. Now I get to do a little more of the sitting back and watching it come together. I thank you for that. I thank you for being the closest thing to twinkly and perfect I have ever known.

Amy November 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Aw, Mom, that brought a tear to my eye. I was thinking about you as I walked out of the grocery store this afternoon, thinking about you and all the baking you always did every year and how much energy you always put into Christmas for us. xo

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