We were finally able to round everybody up to go get the Christmas tree. Grampa picked out the perfect one and we raced home to decorate it. I cooked honey baked ham (with Justin’s honey coating recipe), cheesy mashed potatoes, and fried okra while the children had fun hanging lights and ornaments. Just before bedtime, I filled up the tree stand to the rim with water.

The next morning, I walked in the living room and, right in front of me, it came crashing down. Ornaments and broken glass flew everywhere! I suspect one of the cats made a narrow escape. Thank goodness there weren’t any gifts under the tree yet because, after the guys stood the it back up (and bolted it to the wall!), I had to clean up two gallons of water mixed with needles and glass shards. Yuck and ug!!

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