Turning a New Leaf
What have we done?
Here I am, the blogging Baby Boomer Grandmom from New England. NEW ENGLAND!
Land of four seasons – Spring, Summer, Fall and … Winter!
Winter – which in most people’s minds, means, snow, cold, more snow, more cold; ice, more snow and ice, slush …. and real Christmas Trees! You get the picture.
Having been married seemingly forever, we’ve always had a r.e.a.l. tree. Right – REAL, as in not artificial. Nope, not us.
There’s plenty of Christmas tree growers here in Connecticut, so the Hubster and I had been trudging through the woods (and agricultural Christmas Tree farms) here in Connecticut, in all kinds of weather (see above, and add rain) to cut down (with a saw), a real – live – natural Christmas tree.
Over the years, we’ve had some that barely fit through the door. Actually, the first year we were married and in an apartment (where no live trees were allowed), we ever so silently dragged our real.live.tree up the stairs and through the hallway and set it up in our living room. Until, oh, maybe February?
When it was dry as a bone, we then opened the living room window and shoved it out from the 2nd floor to the ground, where it landed – not a needle on it!
Although the homes decorated for Christmas with live trees look pretty, talk about having to clean up a mess every year – with the dry heat here in New England, cleaning up the pine needles that have fallen to the ground, or that the various fur balls over the years have chewed up, is certainly a challenge.
So what makes this year different than all those others?
Now that the kiddos are grown and launched, I am simplifying my life and have decided I wanted an artificial tree. Mostly because they come pre-lighted, and I don’t want the hassle of having to string the lights by myself since nobody else will help me.
We drove for about 5 hours looking everywhere – Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Home Depot again, and finally gave up trying to find one that looked like a natural Christmas tree. Not to be one to give up, a light bulb went off and I got the idea to call my brother-in-law (he & sister-in-law with the straight out of Martha Stewart Living beautifully decorated home) and asked where they got their artificial tree.
So off to the locally-owned Vinnys we went. They had such a beautiful selection and even the Hubster is happy! Only thing missing was the real.live.tree smell. Nothing that a Home for the Holidays Yankee Candle couldn’t fix.
And of course, to go with my beautiful tree – I found the most gorgeous vintage Battenburg Lace white Christmas tree skirt on Bonanza!
So there it is, in all it’s splendor, and my very favorite Christmas ornaments adorning it for the very first time.
Do you have a real.live.tree or have you gone the artificial route?
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