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.....")
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! :)