Christmas Prep Can Be All Part of The Fun

Decorating the tree and getting ready to make limoncello

Lee-Anne Hancock
4 min readNov 25, 2021


Photo by Alain on Unsplash

We all have a lot to do around this time of year. I am busy cleaning and decluttering before I get ready for Christmas. Most Americans can include their Thanksgiving in the mix as well!

After a very long time of staying away from each other, I think we are now cautiously coming together. I think this year I am going to be more intentional in my decorating.

One thing I won’t be doing is cutting back on my tree. We always have a very tall live tree. It goes up around the first week of December and is down by Jan 1st or 2nd.

When we were looking for a house to downsize and retire to, one of the musts haves was a ceiling high enough to accommodate a very tall tree. For me, that means at least 14 feet.

I love Christmas and the entire season. My birthday is on the 20th of December and it was never lumped in with Christmas. My parents made sure that was my day.

November is the month that I do prep work or cleaning in the house. Then I am ready to decorate and put up the tree. Since I have one son home right now I will have him help me string the outside lights. He puts them up and I stand around worrying he will fall, He never does. I think I can still put them up but do not want the lecture, what were you thinking? when I am done.

Is it fun to put up lights? You bet. I love it. It will look so much better than when I do it. He makes sure it is symmetrical and it does get done so much faster.

It probably would be done even faster if I wasn’t out there supervising. I need to be out there with him. It’s part of the fun for me. When I say supervising, I really mean making sure I am there if he falls, which he wouldn’t. I mean really, He works in the Alberta oil fields in high winds and high structures. But still.

I have heard that they may have a Christmas tree shortage. Something to do with the supply chain. Luckily, I live near a few Christmas tree farms. We have found that most lots don’t have tall trees. Each year we go to a tree farm about 8 miles from our house and cut down our tree.



Lee-Anne Hancock

Retired Poison Control Specialist. Now writing murder mysteries and blogging about life, family, and the fun of retirement.