No, this isn’t one of those politically correct “say holiday not Christmas” kind of posts. If you know me at all, then you know me better than that 😉
This year, instead of putting away all of our Christmas trees, we decided to keep one of the artificial ones up (we have a few artificial and this past year had 2 real trees). We kept the one in our dining room up – this is what it looked like at Christmas:
We decided to make it a year-round holiday tree. It’s something I’ve always thought of doing while taking down our Christmas decorations each year, but never have. Well, this year we are! You might be asking, what does this have to do with Christmas? Well, besides the fact that it’s a Christmas tree – part of the reason I decided to do this was actually in consideration of Christmas 2013. This will be a rather busy Christmas for us, as since we are going to Disney the first week of December, we are essentially “losing” a week of December…not that it will be a loss by any means, but what I mean by that is we’re losing a week of decorating, shopping, baking, planning and wrapping time. During the crunch of the Christmas season, you know every day counts – which is why I am so focused on preparing ahead for this year’s Christmas, and ultimately why I started this blog. Anyway, back to the tree, I decided this would be the perfect year to implement our ‘holiday’ tree, because then at Christmas time that will be one less time-consuming task I have to accomplish. It takes seemingly forever to put the tree together, and fluff the branches to make it look good. Or passable…it is an old tree, and was one of the cheapest trees we could find back then – but it has served us well, and once you get all the pretty decorations on it looks beautiful anyway!
So this year instead of having a live tree, because of the time – and budget – constraints from taking a vacation so close to Christmas, we’ve decided to only put up our artificial trees. That means this particular tree will be moved into our family room, and our other smaller artificial tree will be put up in our living room. It also means no trees in the dining room or our bedroom – but that is a sacrifice I’ll have to deal with this year. Disney World is worth it 😉
I’ll try to show you our tree through the seasons…obviously I already missed Valentines, so here is a glimpse at what it looked like for the holiday of love:
We skipped decorating it for St. Patrick’s Day. It was planned, but due to
laziness Easter falling a little earlier this year than normal, we decided to skip it so that we wouldn’t have to rush to switch it over due to said laziness since Easter is only 2 weeks after St. Patrick’s Day. So without further ado, here is our Easter tree:
So anyway, that’s the plan for our Holiday Tree! I’ll post photos as we change it out through the seasons and holidays. As long as it fares well through the year with kids bumping into it, cats trying to devour its branches, etc…we should only have to carry it into another room for Christmas, avoiding the 2-hour ritual of putting it together. Those 2 hours can mean a lot when I know we’ll be in a time-crunch in November to get ready not only for the Holidays but also packing for vacation!