If you’re here from The Nester’s Tour of Homes, Welcome! I posted about our very special Christmas tree last week. For more explanation of WHY we did our tree this way, follow the link at the bottom of this post to the article I wrote for Christmas Change. It’s worth it, I promise…
So after we avoided getting arrested, we had a bit bigger tree than we’d bargained for. And we needed to decorate it.
We called in reinforcements. Aunt Katie and Uncle Stik arrived to save the day.
The first order of business was to put the lights up. The problem was, we didn’t have a ladder tall enough to allow us to reach the top. We decided to push all the furniture out of the way, roll up the rug, and push the tree to the other side of the living room.
This was one of the moments when I was actually grateful we don’t have a lot of big heavy furniture in our living room. We pushed the tree up next to our loft railing so that we could reach the top.
It was at this point I discovered I have “fear of heights issues” and reaching out over a railing to a swaying tree wasn’t going to help. Uncle Stik took over the light wrapping. We decided to light each branch rather than just drape the lights on branches. It highlighted the shape of the tree, although it is a lot of lights on bare branches. But it’s lovely. As we moved down the tree, it was definitely a group effort to get the lights on the tree. It took two ladders and a person on the ground to do the middle of the tree.
Miracle of miracles, we didn’t run out of lights. We had to use some icicle lights on the bottom, but it just made the tree sparkle more. I had some sparkly bead garland that we draped on the tree. Willa thought my carefully untangled garland was hers to play with.
Once we had the lights and beads up, we threw a few light ornaments on the top of the tree and Aunt Katie made a star out of construction paper so the tree wouldn’t topple over. Then we carefully pushed the tree back to its rightful place in front of the window and set the kids lose with the decorating.
We didn’t need evergreen smell and sticky needles to make it magical.
The result? I really do think it’s my favorite Christmas tree ever. It suits us. It’s quirky. A bit pitiful in a Charlie Brown sense. And still really beautiful. Every ornament is highlighted, even the branches we didn’t have lights for are lovely and natural. And I can’t take a picture to do it justice. But I tried. Just for you.
And at night? It’s a shiny beacon of naked beauty. (We’re pretty sure it’s visible from space.)
I really don’t think we’ll ever get a green tree again.