Yep that’s right. We put up a Valentine tree. This tradition began in 2006. We had just moved to the DFW area November 1st–just in time to not be prepared for the holidays.
The first two months we lived here we were either traveling or had overnight guests every weekend except two! It was busy, but I was also thankful because amid the sickness, a house in boxes, two kids adjusting to everything, and Jason’s stress over starting a new job, I always had something to look forward to.
Since our lives were so crazy, my Christmas decorations were limited to a beautiful wreath from my brother’s family that we placed over the fireplace, and various gifts we had received and placed on the mantle. It was around this time that Faith asked me, “Mom it looks like Christmas, but where is the tree?” And then for several days in a row she would ask, “Are we going to put our tree up today?” Well, I had neither the time, nor the energy, nor would we be around to enjoy it, so I never gave in to putting up the tree, but it did give me a great idea. After Christmas when all the trees were discounted I found a beautiful white tree and February 1st we decorated our first Valentine tree!