Yes, finally!!! After more than 7 years as husband and wife and almost 5 years as parents, ngayon lang kami nagka-Christmas tree! I know, right? Andami ngang hindi makapaniwala.
On our first Christmas together, Randy said to save the Christmas tree for when we already have a child, because it’s usually kids who appreciate Christmas trees. I agreed, although I put some Christmas decors like wreaths and Christmas candles, poinsettias, etc. Then when I got preggers in 2010, Randy told me to skip it because the baby wasn’t scheduled to be born until after Christmas (and true enough, Raviv was born on Dec. 26 at 12:10 a.m….ten minutes past Christmas!). On Raviv’s supposed first Christmas, we were in my parents’ because that’s where Raviv celebrated his first birthday. Ergo, still no Christmas tree. On Raviv’s second Christmas…I forgot why we didn’t buy a Christmas tree again, to think that my parents spent the Holidays here. On Raviv’s 3rd Christmas, eto ang nangyari. Then last year, I was too busy with Gymboree concerns to even think about Christmas trees.
But this morning, Randy and I went to Balibago in Sta. Rosa to take advantage of the Super8 Grocery Warehouse 3-Day Sale. On our way to Balibago, in the middle of traffic, we saw a sign na na-stress kami:
We were in disbelief…seriously?!? Sa “laser vaginal tightening” pa nga lang naloka na ako…may “flower arrangement” pa pala! Hahaha!
OK, now back to the Christmas tree.
Anyway, we’re glad we dropped by Super8 because it was on super-duper sale: imagine, discounted na, discounted pa!
Another perk of their 3-day sale was the Ocho-Ocho Promo wherein you could buy some products for only P8! Yes, you got that right! For every single receipt purchase worth P3,000 and above, you could get any of the participating products for only P8.
For example, present your receipt to the customer service and you could buy a 12 pieces of Knorr Chicken Cubes for only P8 (original prices is P56.10). ‘Di ba?!? Or get a backpack for only P88 instead of P200+.
At the Customer Service Counter. Thank you so much to Super8 Sta. Rosa Branch Manager Ms. Ana Lagatuz for assisting me earlier. 🙂 This promo is until Sunday only!
After shopping at Super8, I decided to go to the adjacent store that was mala-Novo. I was just supposed to buy some art paper, but then I saw Christmas trees. One thing that delayed our buying of Christmas trees was that Randy was so mapili when it comes to Christmas trees—he judged so many Christmas trees we saw on display as cheap-looking. ‘Yung maganda naman, sobrang liit or sobrang mahal. Then I saw this Christmas tree that was just the right size, the right color and…the right price! But before I decided to buy, I called Randy first. He gave me his approval. I also bought some decors. Very reasonably-priced as well.
At first, I felt stressed out, thinking I’ll have to spend time decorating the tree…dapat maganda eh! And since it was impromptu, I didn’t have a peg in mind—I didn’t know what decors to buy. Especially when Randy told me that the decors of the sample Christmas tree in the store was what he liked:
When I asked the salesladies where I could get those wreath decors, wala raw ganung for sale. Gawa daw nila yun. Patay na. I wasn’t very good at ribbon-making. But I still got the materials for this kind of wreath, ready to be Martha Stewart this weekend.
And then I saw plush Christmas decors like this:
I thought they were really cute, and I knew Raviv would like them. But, I realized these decors would be out of place with the elegant decor we had in mind. So I asked Randy: “Can our Christmas tree look like the Christmas trees we had when we were kids?” ‘Yung walang theme, yung medyo magulo, ‘yung hindi uniform ang decorations…In short, ’yung pwede tumulong si Raviv sa pagde-decorate. Randy smiled and agreed—I told him that though Christmas trees like these:
…were lovely, they didn’t exude that home-y feel. No offense meant to those who have this kind of tree. But for me, they look too formal and too cold. Aaand, too common already. Randy agreed. Since we were buying the tree primarily for Raviv, our unico hijo should be able to “help” in putting up our tree. And our original peg would not let him, because it would be tedious and would demand perfection.
The minute I told Raviv we were (finally!) going to put up our Christmas tree at home, he was ecstatic! At hindi nagpaawat sa “pagtulong”.
While we were decorating the tree, I played some Christmas songs on Spottify. Raviv, our helper and I had fun decorating our Christmas tree. Randy also enjoyed watching us.
After a few minutes, our Christmas tree was up and about…tah-daaaah!!!
It is of course far from elegant and far from perfect, but we love it still!
I love that instead of being stressed, we all had fun decorating our tree together. Everytime I look at it, I have fond memories of how happy and excited we all were as we decorated our tree. Our first ever Christmas tree (na nalimutan naming ibili ng Christmas lights. Hehe). And that’s waaay more important than an elegant Christmas tree whose beauty or perfection was brought about by lots of, “Noooo Raviv!!!!” 😉
Tell me what you think!
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