Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Do you like my tree?

Last year, when we bought our usual, real and natural tree, we said we'd use the artificial one (which has resided in the attic for about 15 years) this year, help the environment (as we already owned it) and give a donation to charity instead of buying.
But I don't know if I can do this.
We assembled the tree on Sunday, smoothing out the branches to make them look good. As you can see, not a single decoration adorns it- I can't muster up the enthusiasm to do anything with it. I keep telling myself how convenient it will be to have no dropping needles, and the fact that this tree fits really well in the window bay, leaving lots of room around it.
But last night, son announced that "the room being squashed because of the tree" is part of the Christmas tradition.
I've also sprayed it with Christmas Oil spray, and even that doesn't wash- "it smells lovely, but not like a real tree". And I agree with him. I think it looks pure miserable.
I'll have to decide tomorrow, as it's the last opportunity I'll have this week to decorate it. I don't mind giving the donation as well as buying the tree.
What do you think? Be honest, please!


  1. Oh Mimi,
    That is a sad, sad tree. I usually like the artificial trees better becuase they are so much easier to decorate. But I think in your case I would pitch that thing and splurge for the real tree.
    Unless of course you decide to keep it, in that case pick up a garland and wrap it around the trunk to hide it's nakedness.
    I can't wait to see what you do!

  2. I vote to keep it. With decorations and something covering its naked feet, I think it could look quite festive. This is a design challenge!
    Throwing it back in the attic seems a waste of your time (so far) and throwing it out will add to the landfill.
    The choice is yours.

  3. I've never had a Christmas tree (obviously) so I'm probably not a good one to ask, but I'd always pictured them, I don't know, a bit... bigger.

  4. Heidi, I have a beautiful "tree skirt" given to me by a dear friend when she lived in Hong Kong. Might try that on and see if it brings on enthusiasm.
    S- design challenge indeed- see above re skirt too.
    Robin- It's not quite as miserable as it looks, but we'll see.
    Thanks for your comments.

  5. I'm into saving trees so I vote to keep it. As Stephanie V said, it's a design challenge and I just KNOW you'd make it look really festive. Happy Christmas.