As discussed in a previous thread, we did decide to go ahead and put our tree up early. I knew that if I didn't do it when the mood was a little light and positive, it would get done. I have to work next weekend so this weekend was the "now or never" time.
So, out came all the boxes and we filtered through them, putting up predominantly silver, white and clear glass ornaments with touches of Disney here and there. The boy had bought Herself a Dumbo ornament when he was three, those sorts of things.
It was a little bit of a struggle, but not too bad really. The boy and his Da were helpful, with his Da realizing what was going on and putting forth a very good effort.
After all was as up as it was going to get, I collected up the empty boxes and bins and sent the boy's Da back to storage with them. In the meantime I was poking around in this little green bin, the bin of random leftovers, and kind of old things that we really don't much use anymore. At the bottom of the bin was a Christmas card. Now I don't usually keep Christmas cards, using them instead as gift tags the following year, so as I was lifting it from the bin, I was wondering why it was there. Even those I keep for tags I don't keep in with the Christmas decorations. I opened it to read it, of course.
It was from Mama and Da.
My confirmation that having put the tree up and decorated for the boy was the right thing to do...