Last year I had a Christmas tree, the year before no tree. This year I have a Charlie Brown tree but fake. It is so little I will never need all the decorations I have. I had contemplated passing them on to my kids but they all have theme trees. Really? The most special moments I had was when we all decorated the tree and I would tell the story behind most of them. 40 years of stories. How very precious those moments were. I think that is what I miss most about leaving my home with my youngest daughter is the traditions that I passed on to her children. This will be my first Christmas on my own in 6 years and the heart strings are tugging already. But on a lighter note I tried to convince my son that I have found the perfect gift for me this year. Actually it would cover Christmas, birthdays and Mothers Day for the next 3 years. I found online a French bulldog puppy and a toy yorkie pup. How sweet is that. It would be a present for my little dog Dixie, she would think it was her puppy. I can honestly say I am not getting that for Christmas lol. One can only dream. The church has adopted 2 families again this year so I have been buying and gathering up food to donate. Then we spend the day shopping for clothes and toys. But back to the topic...I decided that very few decorations will be put up and some I will give away but others will be packed away for when it isn't important to have a "theme" Christmas tree.