On the annual day that we put up our Christmas tree, a real-life Grinch almost stole our cheer.
It’s tradition to put up our tree the day after Remembrance Day. We remind T to honour veterans first before he goes nuts with Christmas.
Three things, after all, get T super excited: Christmas, Halloween and his birthday.
This past Saturday got off to an unexpectedly terrible start when we discovered that someone had broken into our car the night before.
Thankfully, there was no damage to the car, but the thief took the hubby’s prescription glasses, which he needs to drive.
We live in a safe boring working class neighborhood, so for this to happen – and to the house across the street – felt creepy.
We felt violated knowing strangers were in our car and T was livid and demanded the thieves be brought to jail to sit on the electric chair.
I always try to find the positive in any situation and as infuriated as I was, I saw the silver lining in the teachable moment it created.
It showed T the upsetting impact stealing has on those affected – something we find ways to reinforce after his recent lollipop incident.
The hubby and I were also mindful about role modeling calm and resiliency – so we showed T how we responded to the situation, including the hubby filing a police report.
T was upset when I told him the thief was likely not going to be caught. I told him that as upset as we are, we need to move on – and more importantly, we need to learn from these moments.
Specifically, we will not leave our car in the driveway nor leave valuables in the car.
After we came home from swim lessons, we put our upset faces away.
We took out the tree and ornament boxes from the basement and got to work.
The hubby put on a vinyl Christmas album on his childhood Fisher Price vinyl record player.
T did a great job helping decorate the tree, doing more than half of the work this year.
The final decorated tree looks wonderful, ending the unexpectedly terrible start of our day with Christmas light, hope and cheer.