Here’s my dilemma. We usually buy a fresh Christmas tree every year. Many times we go out and cut down our own tree, tromping through deep snow with saw in hand. (Well, Brad mostly does that.) We live in Colorado right next to the mountains. I mean, who wouldn’t cut their own fresh, real, evergreen fragrant Christmas tree?
This year, however, we are driving to Texas the day after Christmas. If we chose the live tree this year we’d have two options to consider. The first is to take it down right away after Christmas which is very sad to me because I always leave my tree up through January. The second option is to leave it up and have to deal with a pile of pine needles when we return from our trip or worse yet, we leave a fire hazard in our home. So, we opted for getting a fake tree.
I first searched Craigslist and found a FREE 9′ pre-lit tree and when I contacted the giver, it had already been claimed 5 times over. Then Brad was at a nearby “arc” thrift store and he found this:
The top wasn’t even on it because it was too tall for the store’s ceiling height! Brad text me about it and asked how high our ceiling was. I gave it a quick measure and it was 12 1/2 feet in the spot where we set up our past trees. So it would just fit. The tree also just happened to be on sale 50% off making it only $50. I said, “GET IT!” I would figure out how to decorate the monster tree later.
We ended up going to the store three times to get enough lights for this beast. I really wanted to light this tree one time, at least until the lights start burning out. It’s actually a really nice quality tree with the branches that fold up for storage and not the old put each branch in a color coordinated hole on the trunk of the tree. I can’t imagine putting together a tree this size that way. Anyway, we ended up having to buy 2500 lights! My daughter Adelle and I spent days winding the lights around each branch one layer at time so that we could store the tree that way, and so it would twinkle extra brightly. 😉
The next step was to get some ribbon to drape down the tree. I got this vertical ribbon idea from Shannon over at AKA Design. She does beautiful things!
Then we put almost every ornament we had in our house on it, even the ones that were spotted from age. As long as it went with the general color scheme, we used it.
I had some beautiful flowers and beaded stems left-over from the wreaths my mother made me years ago and used them to achieve a dramatic pop.
That, along with a lot of snow flakes scattered all over is pretty much it. I have to admit that although I have loved every one of my past Christmas trees, I think a huge, full, brightly lit tree is my favorite!
Please excuse the leaning, off-center angel. It is extremely difficult to get a topper straight on a twelve foot tree, even with a ladder and a 6’3″ husband. We were using a broom stick to just get the angel up there. Yikes.
The tree is definitely the center point to our Christmas decorations. We focus there and amidst all the beauty we see, we are reminded of our beautiful Savior and the greatest gift ever given by the one true everlasting God of all.
A Very Merry Christmas to you Dear Friends and Family!