Unless you have a child who has a history of a tumor, and has shown elevated tumor markers in her last bloodwork. Unless you have a child who dies with no warning before Christmas has a chance to come.
We put our tree up in early November after receiving the startling news that Aziza's AFP level was elevated. An indicaton that she may be having a recurrance of her tumor. In order to stop myself from going crazy with worry, and in order to be organized in the event of a hospitalization - we broke all tradition. We didn't care that the neighbors were likely shunning the Christmas tree that illuminated our living room window at the beginning of November. The kids loved it.
Early November 2012.
Aziza's first ornament given Dec, 2010.
Aziza's second ornament, given Dec 2011.
Aziza's third ornament, given Nov 2012.