Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Money management, conflict resolution ideas, and faith practices are all important components of marriage preparation meetings. You know what else should be in there? Christmas tree shopping habits. There are so many variables to the the Christmas tree issue that couples should be required to reveal their must-do's before they tie the knot. Must you have an artificial tree? Must the branches be symmetrical? Must you buy from a charity? Must you have the "perfect" tree regardless of price? Must you have the cheapest tree regardless of its appearance? Knowing these things ahead of time could save hours of painful (pineful) arguing. ** My husband and I are a tree match because we both have the same desire when we shop for our tree: Let's see how fast we can do this. Usually by the time he has yanked the third one from the tree line-up, we are good to go. We pay for our good-enough tree and carry it home to its trusty stand. (The firehouse lot is only a block away.) Then the issue of how to put the lights on the tree comes to surface.....that's another story entirely.