My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

O Christmas Tree...O Christmas Tree!

I was having my usual struggles with deciding whether to decorate a tree this year.  It seemed a lot of effort to expend for such a short time and now, for so few.   My Christmas tree is at least 5' tall.  The thought of hauling it upstairs was daunting.  I needed to come up with another solution....  My daughter had a little tree...approximately 2 1/2 feet tall.  She was willing to trade.  We both win!

I enlisted the help of Alexia when she visited.  She is a great little tree decorator.  

Most of the ornaments on our tree are a lot older than she is!  My daughter, Mandy (aged 25) made the tree topper when she was 5.

I have many decorations.  Some are handmade by my children,  a friend, my mom, my MIL and myself.  Some are store bought.  This year I did not need to read posts about inexpensive decorations.....  I have enough...  I have stopped buying and making.

I am glad that I did put up a tree.  We need the bright colours at this time of the year... and it is nice to have another look at the ornaments... many that were lovingly handcrafted...that have graced our tree for so long



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  1. Your tree is adorable. I love the ornaments.

    I have a little tree (about 1- 1/2 feet tall) in our dining room that I decorate for all of the seasons with odds and ends I have picked up over the years. That is the only one we did this year and I only put gingerbread men on it.
    I have enough ornaments gathered through the years that I will probably never buy or make another one.
    We did put lights and garland all over inside and some out but I didn't feel like putting up the big tree...maybe next year.

  2. Very nice, LA! I think simple is better... and easier. I will never go back.

  3. I have a tree, a little smaller than yours. I simply plug it in. No decorations required. This year I decided not to put it up at all.


  4. Good for you, you have joined everyone in sharing Christmas....:-) Hugs

  5. So cute! I may downsize to a smaller one in a few years too...I know people that keep smaller ones with all the ornaments wired on them instead of using hangers...and they throw a garbage bag over it to store it in their garage rafters year after year and just haul it down and plug it in (it is a prelit tree). What a fantastic fuss!! ha

  6. Love it Mom!! That's all you need!!