Unlike some people, ahem stores, I chose to wait until after Thanksgiving to begin my Christmas celebrations. So as soon as the turkey was put away, I pulled the tree down from the attic. Ok, so I waited until the Sunday after, but it still went up. I don’t know if you can tell from my blog, but my home is small when compared to some, and finding a place for the tree has been a challenge, especially as we’ve added more furniture to the living room. The tree has lived in several locations now. It began in front of the front window, but once we put a desk in that corner, the tree no longer fit. Then, last year, we put it in the corner, near the couch, but that blocked the back door, and while I thought I could live with that for a month, it turns out that I can’t. I hated not being able to get to the back yard, and now that Son is older, I’m sure I would hate not being able to send him outside to play.
So this year, I went drastic. I moved some furniture around. I decided to move the bar from here…
to a corner in the kitchen/dining room. Then I asked Husband to set up the tree.
Of course, it was my job to put everything onto the tree, including lights, and fluffing the thing. I hate fluffing the tree.
I always put the little lights onto the tree before I fluff, and then push them in further while fluffing.
Then, I put on my bigger, prettier lights. Next, I hang all the plain ball ornaments, tucking half of them into the inside of the tree to create depth. After, I hang all the other ornaments. Of course, this year, I had lots of help from Son, which was a bit nerve racking since 99% of my ornaments are glass, but he only broke one glass pine cone, and it was a new one I had picked up just last January; not a big deal.
In the end, the tree looked like this…
And here are a few of my favorites…
I’m an Architect, by education, so of course I have a building on the tree.
The fish is part of a wedding set of ornaments my mother gave me the year I was married.
This guy is new, but I love how he perches on the branches.
And finally, two ornaments we made with Son…
We made these his first two Christmases, and even gave some away as gifts. I loved the idea, and wished we could’ve kept it going, but his hand was just getting too big; by the time he’s 16 we’d need a basketball sized orb.
So far I love the tree in this new location. Sure, it’s odd not having the bar in the location it’s stood for the last 5 years, but it seems to be working out wonderfully. Of course, that’s what I thought about last year’s location. I’ll let you know what I think come January.