Finally this year I heard the words I’ve been dying to hear for years: “Mom, I think we should get an artificial tree this year.” Don’t get me wrong – I love the smell of real Christmas trees and there’s something fun about going and picking one out and making a real evening of it with getting it home, sawing the trunk to fit into the stand, and then decorating it while drinking hot chocolate or egg-nog. I loved those days with my daughters and they are memories I’ll always treasure.
But the time comes where there’s one too many chewed-up-by-cats-and-urped-up pine needle mess to contend with. And now with the puppies, I’m sure it would be worse. I’m also not willing to risk spilling a tree stand full of water all over my new hardwood floors. Not to mention the multiple sweeping or vaccuming of needles as they fall off, and then the discarding of the old tree after the holidays are over. So, when the time came for a tree, I was more than willing to get an artificial one.
Until I looked at the cost of them. Good grief! $150, $200 a pop and they’re all prelit. What if I wanted to use my own lights on them or change colors each year? Well, elves come in all shapes and sizes and my daughter’s landlord happened to have one in their garage he didn’t want and said I could borrow it. Wow! I checked it out thinking it’s probably 90 years old and ratty. Far from it. This is a lovely, fairly new, prelit (haha) artificial tree.
I put it up the other day while my younger daughter was at work. I tried to wait for her to get home to decorate it, but she was really late, so I went ahead. It’s not the same doing these things alone but her excitement when she came home and it was all decorated and lit was worth it.
And did I mention it was free? I bought nothing new this year for the tree. That frees up (no pun intended) money to spoil my grandchildren – because you know, it’s really about them. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Toodles for now.