As I've said before, I grew up celebrating the pagan Christmas traditions, and I love to share the joys of secular Christmas with Ryan. I've shown him my favorite Christmas movie - Christmas Eve on Sesame Street - but it seems dated to him, because the characters have changed over the last 30 years (back then, Maria was dating David! And Mr. Hooper was alive!).
See, in the movie, George picks out a tree at the farm stand - a tree with a red ribbon on top - but he accidentally knocks over all the pre-cut trees, and Bill's folding chair gets stuck on the top of the tree George wants. The Man with the Yellow Hat can not get the folding chair off the tree, and George will accept no substitute trees, so they go home with the tree as-is.
When Ryan and I went tree shopping this year, it was clear that we would need to get a big red ribbon to go with it. And as I feared, Ryan has also requested a chair. I refuse to put a real, full-size folding chair on our tree, so I've been searching for several weeks for a doll-size wooden chair, or a chair ornament, or something small and reasonably chair-like. I've come up with nothing so far. I thought between toy stores and craft shops this wouldn't be much of an issue. I might have an old toy chair floating around my parents' basement somewhere, but I haven't checked there yet. And I could make one out of balsa wood scraps, but I have not yet hit that level of desperation.
I have to say, Ryan has been pretty relaxed about this whole no-chair-in-the-tree situation. I expected him to be far more insistent about having a chair, but it seems to be something he'd like to have but doesn't need to have. This seems incredibly mature of him.