I spread the Christmas ornaments across our rock hearth and told my four boys to decorate, instructing them to spread each as evenly as they could across the tree. I asked the oldest to vary the colors, space the larger ornaments from the smaller ones. Even still, there are about seven glass ornaments near the top of the tree and about 450 ornaments at the bottom, hanging in tight clusters of color.
I’m nothing if not a control freak so I tended to the laundry instead of hovering over them with a full potential to bark the fun right out of their hearts. I figured I could fix tomorrow what really bothered me today and decided not to look at the tree until it was over, but I did listen in as they admired each glittery thing.