Tuesday, 22 December 2015

suffering from a bad case of P.O.P.D

the perfect Christmas - and I'm just a little POPD

I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw a quote (on Pinterest of course) asking for forgiveness for the person's OCD problem. I thought that I was the only person around with OCD - Obsessive Christmas Disorder. I can't help myself... I like my Christmas tree to look balanced and colour coordinated - with a different colour scheme each year. I'm not a decorator or stylist by any means, but I have a very orderly mind and there are certain things that are required when putting up the tree.

Requirements include (but are not limited to): no two balls of the same colour within a few centimeters of each other, no tinsel (I have gone off tinsel over the years), lots of sparkling lights but they need to be evenly spaced. No mish mash of decorative baubles - I like a lean, clean Christmas tree - so yes, I am a bit of a worry. I have actually "lost" every decoration that I didn't like over the years - (sorry kids).


I hadn't realized how bad I was until I saw a video snippet of our then 8 year old (or there abouts) daughter decorating the Christmas tree. I thought at the time that I was stepping back and letting her enjoy the fun of putting it all together by herself, but no.........the video shows me "supervising" and offering "helpful suggestions" to make things look the way I wanted them to - yes I was the ultimate Christmas compulsive. Apparently there is a term for it: P.O.P.D. (Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder).

Our daughter takes great joy in reminding me of that episode and mocking my need for neatness with the tree. One year she and her then-boyfriend took all the balls off my freshly decorated tree when I was out and clumped them in groups of the same colour randomly all over the tree - when I saw it I nearly had an apolexy! I think I was close to crying (yes there is the Obsessive part) and I had to take the whole thing apart and re-decorate it from scratch. Needless to say there has not been a repeat of that particular "fun" trick since. (Just lots of re-telling the story - "remember when.....")


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Now that there is only the two of us at home in our empty nest, I can do what I like for Christmas decorating - as long as it's not too over the top, and as long as it doesn't involve the playing of too many Christmas carols - did I mention that I love Christmas carols?? (He doesn't!) I'm loving being the director of Christmas decorations and I'm a little bit scared of the thought of future grandchildren wanting to "help" decorate when the time comes. Fortunately there are still a few years left before I have to cross that bridge - maybe I'll need to take a pill or a stiff drink (medicated and caffeinated) and sit back with my eyes closed and hope for the best! In the meantime I'll name and claim my P.O.P.D. and worry about therapy later.

PS: My daughter phoned me last week to say that she just realized that she has become "me" and is decorating her tree in two colours and checking the balls are evenly spaced.... ahhh my work here is done! :)

15 comments:

  1. Leanne, I do the same thing! I need a symmetrical, well turned-out Christmas tree or it bugs me. Glad I'm not alone.

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    1. I don't see that there is really any other way to do it Laurie :)

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  2. I am the complete opposite - and have tried to pay my children if they won't make me decorate. But I have the need to beat everybody into restaurants, and freak out if I see lines at movie theaters, and my grown kids have acquired the same issues. Therefore, my work here is also done :).

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    1. It's nice to know that we ruin our children in different ways Donna :) Happy Christmas and may your holiday queues be short!

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  3. I try to evenly space the ornaments so the same kind of ornament isn't close to another! It drives me mad.. but it makes me feel good at the end. Merry Christmas!

    Who Let the Mum Out?

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    1. Me too - I don't know how people can look at a tree that is all over the place like a mad woman's breakfast :)

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  4. So funny! You would get along well with my husband. He actually has his own tree because he's so particular. We tease him that there should be a velvet rope around it, like a museum. The other tree at our house is for the mish-mash of ornaments that aren't allowed on his tree :)!

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    1. I love that Lana! I think it deserves a post next Christmas - a comparison of the two trees! Enjoy your Christmas with the family xx

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  5. When you have grandkids someday you will just have to get a "grandkid" tree that you will go into knowing it is their special tree to decorate while you perfect yours :)

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    1. I'm keeping that idea Emmy - it could be a win/win for everyone :)

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  6. Haha, I definitely suffered from POPD in the past! This year I let my family do it, and it looks great... although there is one ornament that would just look so much better if it was two inches to the right... Practicing detachment while I try to not stare at it. ;-)

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    1. you're a better woman than me Julie - I'd have snuck over and changed it when nobody was looking!

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  7. That is one of the great things about getting older. Our daughters calling us horrified that they have become us! My daughter does it all the time now that she has her own kids. I used to be that way with my tree, but when I got sick the husband started doing it. Once I realized how relaxing it is to sit back and watch I've let go of being so picky.

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    1. my husband is not all that Christmassy Rena - he'd probably "forget" to do it! I am simplifying more each year so it isn't such a big deal.

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  8. I'm exactly the same Leanne. I offered helpful 'suggestions' when my other half was dressing the tree and putting the baubles of the same colour on the tree too close together. I think it's perfectly normal.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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