Christmas tree or not???

<sigh> Since it’s such a chore to get all the Christmas decorations out and up, and since I’m traveling some this year – I had decided to NOT have a Christmas tree this year.  I’ve never not had a tree.  I remember the last tree when I was a teenager at home (yes, I can remember that long ago 🙂 ).  My mother had decided no tree – too much work.  I was mortified!  My Dad and I went out and cut a tree and I decorated it.  How could one not have a Christmas tree?

But this year just felt like more work than I could handle, so no tree.  I’ve  had an “elephant tree” for years, and a “Barbie tree”.  Even have a “purple tree”.  But it all just felt overwhelming this year.  Here’s last years’s tree.  Each ornament means something to  me – and I love them all.   Actually, my tree has looked pretty much the same for years – just an added ornament or two.  And, that’s fine with me.

Did get my little outside tree out and ready – got the ‘big tree’ in the upstairs window all nice and lighted for the world to see.  (The big one upstairs was really easy – I never took it down from last year.)

Got a few simple decorations out and lights up… But that big tree in the living room and ALL those other decorations that I usually put out just felt like more than I could handle.

Until yesterday!

I just couldn’t stand it anymore.  I had to have a tree.  I kept hearing one of my grandsons saying, well get a small tree.  And actually, I already had a small tree – sits in my entryway all year long.  So I moved it, plugged it in, got one small box of ornaments out and while I do not have a big tree this year….

I do have a tree – with some of my favorite ornaments on it.

And besides, I have two new ornaments this year.  One is the adorable elephant sitting on the tree skirt and the other is a lovely handpainted one feaaturing a cardinal on one side and a blue jay on the other.  Look closely and you can see it too.  Both were gifts and I love them.


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2 Responses to Christmas tree or not???

  1. I feel your pain, Iris. Now that Katie has moved 10,000 miles away I have no one to help me with a tree, and while I ADORE Christmas trees and have ALWAYS had one (live ones), except the first year I moved to Brooklyn and it was so so depressing and I regretted it the whole month…they are hard for me to put up and take down by myself (I like a BIG tree, the biggest tree my ceilings will accommodate) AND to decorate…I’m really thinking this year I might just not. Katie will only be here 3 days at Christmastime, so not for the helping time, and she won’t even be here ON Christmas Day. I’ve been looking around at some realistic-looking “woodsy” skinny trees, like 4′ tall, already with lights on them, but the ones I really like are long sold out. So I just don’t know. I feel like I’m just GIVING UP to…well…Give Up…but…I don’t know. I felt relieved to see that YOU decorated a small tree for yourself, and if I feel that relieved when YOU decided on a tree, might I feel better if *I* do one, too??


    • Iris says:

      I sure feel your pain too, Bettye. It really is a lot of work getting the tree out of the box, put together and up – more energy than I had this year. I’ve had this little tree that I wound up decorating for years. I put lights on it when I got it and I usually just plug it in at Christmastime – so lighted tree ready to go.

      I think the nice thing about the small skinny tree – you can leave it up all year long as a entry decoration (or whatever).

      No kids here either – and I’m going to be gone for Christmas. But for the time I’m here I’m loving having at least my little tree. I’ve been telling people for years – my Christmas tree is for ME. And, if I didn’t have one, it wouldn’t be because no one was going to be here. I even considered a tiny tabletop tree (I have both pink and purple 🙂 ) but I wanted green.

      I found this one at Hobby Lobby. 5′ and no idea what shipping is.

      Whatever you decide – it won’t change Christmas!

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