Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree

Our tree is finally up!

In case you were wondering, we have an artificial tree. No "real" trees here.

Growing up, my Dad was allergic to real trees, so we always had an artificial one. I guess it has just kind of stuck with me. Seems safer than having a real tree too, in my opinion. And neater. No needles all over the floor!

I have had the same tree for quite a few years now. It is one of those "pre-lit" trees. Except for now, it no longer pre-lights, or even lights at all. That part of the tree only lasted a few years. I am still required to wind the lights around it anyway, so it kind of defeats the purpose of having a pre-lit tree. I now know this is a very common problem with these trees.

That would have been nice to know before hand.

For all of you considering buying have been warned.

Last year, as we were in a rush to put the tree away, Hubs decided to just plop the tree, with all the lights still on it, back into the box. So, this year? It was loads of fun trying to get the lights OFF the tree, so I could untangle them, and put them on again.

I always get a bit weepy and sentimental looking over all the Christmas ornaments. I have some favorite ones, which I will feature in another post.

I love looking at trees that are super fancy and all color coordinated. You know, the ones that look like they were pulled right out of a magazine, with all of their glitz and glamour.

Our tree is not like that. There are no fancy bows or rows of matching ornaments.

Yet, I prefer my tree to those other trees. On our tree, every ornament has a story to tell. I can tell you how each and every one of them came to be on our tree.

The ones that were made by my girls are so very precious to me. The ones that have pictures of their adorable little faces on them? Even better.

Some we got as presents on our very first Christmas as a married couple. Others were given to our children as gifts. Several we have picked up, here and there, just because we liked them, or they reminded us of something, or someone, special.

Each one of them is unique in their own way.

I wouldn't trade my tree for anything.

Well....the tree itself can be replaced. It is starting to look its age.

And this time? It won't be a pre-lit tree that is purchased...


  1. What a great topic... I use to have one of those super fancy, color coordinated trees. I gave that up for Dominic's second Christmas for one that was more family friendly and "fun" as hubby puts it.

  2. I would love to have two trees. One, with all of my sentimental ornaments, and another one, all fancy and color coordinated ;)

  3. I just wrote a post about what kind of tree to buy. I enjoy the real thing, but not the mess is causes. We've never had an artificial tree, my husband is dead set against it.

  4. Your tree is beautiful. Sorry about the lights.
    Years ago I made one of my trees into a pre-lit tree. My tree now has six branches out this year. We have had it for six years now and I know they only guarantee the lights for a few years. I would love a real tree but with all of my ornaments and the time it takes to put up a real tree just doesn't work. I have it up for about 5 weeks. Once it was up until Feb. 5th!!