Monday, December 19, 2005

Christmas Decorating For OCD Couples

My husband and I know better than to try to decorate the house together. It's not that we haven't tried, you understand. It's just that Mike is somewhat, and I say this with great love and respect, "particular" about where the decorations go. And by particular, of course, I mean a raving, perfection-obsessed control freak who makes me contemplate ripping my own fingernails from their beds just to distract myself from the agony of the constant adjusting of the scenery. Over the past several Christmas seasons, I have learned how to handle this little quirk-- I let him do his thing and I do mine. My thing includes setting up the manger scene. He still tries to oversee my work, however. Like a few years ago, after he finished hanging enough lights on the house to make Clark Griswold weep with envy. He stood watching for a few minutes. Then he just couldn't help it. He had to ask.

"Um, Stacey? How come the Wise Men are on the other side of the room?"

"Because they weren't actually at the stable that night. They didn't find Christ until quite a bit later. So I put them over there, like they're still en route."

"But still, it's the nativity. I think they're supposed to all be together."

"It's not historically accurate to have the Wise Men at the stable."

"Okay, well, that may be true, but I'd like to point out that it probably isn't historically accurate to have the Obi Wan Kenobi action figure acting as a shepherd, either. I mean, he's a Jedi. There were no Jedi at the stable that night."

"Oh yeah? How do you know? WERE YOU THERE? I didn't think so."

Okay, so maybe I'm a bit particular too. But our house is GORGEOUS!


Ronni said...

Hah! Two $3 laughs from Husband when I read it to him!

I put the Wise men a ways off, too. I move them closer every day, until, by Epiphany, they've arrived.

I've also been known to substitute toys for missing pieces, or just to augment the display. Dogs, for instance. And cats and mice. Who knows what was in that stable!

Anonymous said...

OK, now that's just really funny. I bet your house looks gorgeous!

Sorry, I can't remember if I have a blog or not, so I'll just be me - Rose, heh! I love what you're doing with the place so far.

Deege said...

HA! I love it!

When my son was a young boy the Wise Men used to travel around the living room. They arrived in the manger on Christmas morning with the arrival of baby Jesus.

To this day, son doesn't want new figures in the manger. He wants the originals, and Mary has a blue face!

justin said...

I LOVE it, Stacey!! You crack me up. Also, thanks for the support on my bloB

Ronni said...

HEY! Knock, knock, knock! Anybody home? Have things slowed down enough to write something?

Just checking! LOL!

Stacey said...

Ha! Ronni, I'm still working on the kidney stone project. Once I'm coherent, I'll put something up! I've got lots of ideas, but at the moment I'm not sure if any of them will make sense once I'm lucid again.

Anne (from Brazil) said...

Hi Stacey,
my first visit and I already marked as a favorite. Get better (from kidney) and keep writing.

Stacey said...

Hi Anne, and thanks!

Kris said...

Funny, funny stuff! I'm still smiling.

Looking forward to more, and hope you are feeling better soon!