We're already into the second week of December. We just got back from vacation. My Thanksgiving decoration (yes, that's all there was) is still up. I am almost, but not quite, done with the mountain of laundry that emerged from our suitcases. There are piles of new goodies we brought back from the trip waiting to be absorbed into the household.
And we need a Christmas tree. Enter dilemma.
We have an artificial tree that we've been using for the past few years. (That's a picture of it last year.) I'd never had an artificial tree before. Gerry, on the other hand, well, let's just say handling pine/fir trees gives him welts, and he always seems a little terrified that the whole thing is going to go up in flames. I can sort of understand that as (a) we are terrible about keeping trees watered and (b) he grew up in Southern California where Christmas trees seem to be dried out before you even get them home.
So we have this fake tree. It was just a cheap tree, bought in an after-Christmas clearance sale. I have to admit, you can really pile stuff on there, because every branch is strong and there are lots of spaces to fill up. And, okay, I admit it's nice not to worry about watering the thing. And we already have it, so it's FREE. Always good, right?
So what's the problem? The problem is that it takes a lot of ornaments to make that pitiful green plastic thing look good. You can't just hang a few, simple, well-placed ornaments and expect it to look good.
And that takes time. It's fun, though, decorating the tree. What's not so fun? UN-decorating it after Christmas.
So here I am, pining for something simpler this year: a real tree that's beautiful even before the first ornament is hung. But a real tree is going to cost what? I don't even know anymore. Twenty five dollars? And then it gets thrown away. And Gerry will get welts. All good reasons to use the tree we have.
I just don't know what to do. I just about convince myself to just spend the money and get a real tree, then I'm afraid I'll miss seeing all my favorite ornaments. But packing them up in January...ugh, I just don't know.