I was planning to call this post, “A Tale of Two Christmas Trees,” but then Amber over at Wills Casa just wrote a post called “A Tale of Two Carraras,” so I thought I’d better go in a different direction. I ended up with a much more obscure literary reference. Anyone read The House Without a Christmas Tree? (that’s an affiliate link, right there, by the way. If you’d like to go over to Amazon and spend one cent (literally) on a used copy of The House Without a Christmas Tree, I will get a small percentage of that cent). I loved that book when I was a kid.
But because Christmas trees do not serve as a painful reminder of our dead wife/mother in this house, we have not just one but TWO Christmas trees this year.
First off there is our regular old tree in the den. I feel fairly strongly about having one utterly themeless tree where we hang every ornament we have–the ones that remind us of trips we’ve taken, the ones I still have from when I was a kid, the crazy ones the kids made when they were toddlers–ALL of them! I may well revert to a pretty tree where things match at some point in the future, when the kids are gone and/or too old to care, but we’re not nearly there yet.
Last year I was very pregnant and not up for much of a tree hunting expedition, so we went to Home Depot and grabbed a tree out of the big pile of them they had there. But this year, I read about a local nursery where one could not only buy a tree but visit with Santa and ride ponies and such, so we decided to go there instead.
We went the weekend after Thanksgiving, while Dave’s parents were still in town:
Abe very reluctantly met Santa:
Gus much less reluctantly rode a pony:
Ari and Abe looked cute together:
And also we got a tree, brought it home, and hung all the ornaments on it:
Also the kids tried to make ghost pictures in front of it:
Local nursery tree was way more expensive than Home Depot tree, but we got to support a local business (and the pony rides were FREE!), AND I think this one’s way prettier than last year’s. I like how it’s all squat and fat….we have lowish (8 foot) ceilings, but a big, wide bay window for the tree to sit in, so that shape works best (plus I think it looks kind of retro that way).
Last year I told the story about how I passed up a white Christmas tree at the thrift store for $29 because I was just too pregnant to deal with it. I’ve regretted it ever since. I really, really, REALLY wanted either a white or silver tree for my foyer this year. No such tree materialized at the thrift store, so I broke down and bought a brand new one when Target had them half off after Thanksgiving.
My foyer tree is very skinny. I think I’d still like a slightly bigger one someday if one turns up cheap enough, but I’m happy with this one for now. It was $35 (not pre-lit, so the lights were another $21, I believe). I’ve been collecting blue, white, and silver ornaments at the thrift store for awhile now.
That picture’s probably too tall to fit on your screen, isn’t it? Here’s a smaller one, with it all lit up:
Apparently I completely forgot to take a picture of it, but I bought some silver mesh fabric from Hobby Lobby for a couple of bucks to wind around the bottom of the tree and cover up that stand.
Abe is pretty into this tree:
Also, he’s really, really almost one these days:
It’s kind of crazy. And he’ll never know what it’s like to only have one Christmas tree. I really feel like we’ve arrived now.
I am still so behind! I have two not-Christmas posts coming up in the next few days! And maybe one more Christmas decorating post, too.