I am sorry. I just can't do it anymore.
We did, every year, after Dr. B expressed how important it was to him, too.
We went to the tree farm or tree lot, hunted for the perfect one (read: small enough and cheap enough and not ugly), and brought it home. We fought over when to bring it in, when it was straight, and when to decorate it.
I strung lights, covered it in ribbons, beads and ornaments, took photos.
I watered faithfully, with a combination of water and 7up. I vacuumed up the extra needles. I peeled sap out of my hair. Some presents got wet and damaged, no matter how hard I tried to not be klutzy when watering (impossible). I put gloves on every time I had to put a fallen ornament back on, because I am allergic to the damn things and it's only getting worse. I took Benadryl to soothe my red, hot, itchy hands.
Then, 2 years ago (Rowan's first Christmas), we left town for a few days. We turned the heat down, made sure it was well watered, unplugged and nowhere near a heat source so it wouldn't burn our house down.
We came home to a house full of mildew.
I'm sorry. That was the last straw for both of us. Or should I say, the last needle?
"But I thought it was important to you, too?"
"It used to be. But you're really allergic. And that mildew... Ew! I'm trying to be a better Buddhist when it comes to Christmas trees and just let it go."
We've gone over the edge: Plastic Pre-lit. Please forgive us.
La Rêveuse and Dr. B.