Sunday, November 30, 2008

O Christmas Tree...

Okay, so back in September The Man's cousin and I decided to have a garage sale. We didn't do very well with it and at the end of the sale I noticed that she hadn't sold this artificial Christmas tree and she was going to take it to Goodwill. Now, for a few years I've been debating getting an artificial tree but then I decide I'll wait until after Christmas when they're sure to be on super discount and I just end up never getting one.

So I was super excited and all giddy as I snatched her tree up and threw it in the back of the van. This evening I decided to drag it out and put it up. My first artificial tree! I began to imagine us all sitting in the living room drinking cocoa by the light of the tree for the next month.

I grabbed the box and put it on the couch in our living room and opened it up.


My first clue that this might not be the tree I was hoping for was that it came with its own tree stand. The tree stand seemed... well... less sturdy than the tree stand we always use.

But still I happily assembled the stand and started on the tree. In three pieces our tree came together. I stood back and looked.


Perhaps I have been spoiled by our trees in the past. This tree says it's 6 1/2 feet and we always shop in the 6 to 7 foot section of the tree places so I was a little shocked at how short the tree is. On the real trees I'm always dragging a stool out to put the angel on the top. But hey! No stool required on this one! That's good, right?

I probably should have realized that I wouldn't have been able to hoist the box for the tree I was imagining all by myself so easily. Then I noticed the clue I should have picked up on way back in September.


Now I see why she wasn't at all concerned about getting rid of this beauty. :)

Eh... it may not be the perfect tree, but I'm going to jazz it up anyhow. And then I'm totally hitting those after Christmas sales this year.


Jan Ross said...[Reply to comment]

Fluff, my dear, FLUFF! As we put up our fake tree, each individual branch has to be arranged and fluffed out. When my kids used to help, I had to go back and fluff but now I can successfully fluff by myself with nobody to impede the process. OK. That sounds a little...dirty. But you know what I mean.

And my little grandson came over this year and helped me put on all the ornaments. The tree has a disproportionate number of ornaments on the bottom branches. But we had a blast putting them all on. And, since he is only three, each ornament was extremely cool to him.

Karen said...[Reply to comment]

Yep I agree with Mrs. Who those branches need fluffing. Also, until last year we had a fairly skimpy tree and I use a big thick Christmas ribbon as my garland and it hides a lot of holes. Once you get ornaments on it, you will love it.

I got mine on sale after Christmas at Target 2 years ago 50% off and I LOVE it!

mah-meeee said...[Reply to comment]

ok, ok. some of your readers might totally hate me... but hey, they are not MY readers, right? (all 4 of my readers ...heehee)

anyhow, i LOVE the artificial trees. i don't feel like i'm killing a tree every year, and i get to put it up when time allows. (and now, it comes pre-lit! such a timesaver!)

anyway, hope you get a great deal on one after-xmas sale!

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...[Reply to comment]

We have 40 dollar, 4-year-old tree. Fluffing helps a bit, but you do get what you pay for. The pic on our box is also lovely.