How to cut and decorate your tree, Family O style:
STEP 1: Make sure it's raining.
STEP 2: Wear a cowboy hat with its very own cowboy hat raincoat.
STEP 3: On your way to purchase the tree, try to tell your children they can't pet the pygmy goats.
STEP 4: After much excitement, sit in Santa's lap and become tongue-tied (or in Baby O's case, just scream).
STEP 5: Have your five year old help you string the lights and hang up your collection of blown glass Christmas ornaments. I had prepared myself to lose a few, but much to my surprise they all survived the trip from box to branch.
STEP 6: Place your mobile toddler in a 'rectangle of neglect'.
STEP 7: Admire the finished product. Total time: 10 hours from start to finish including lunch, snacks and naps.
STEP 8: Move onto bigger and better things like cardboard box cars.