One way to save time and effort…

Don’t put up a Christmas tree.

There are plenty of alternatives to the full-size Christmas tree laden with decorations.

  • a single bough
  • use a tree in the yard and festoon lightly with tinsel
  • a miniature tree
  • no tree at all?

I heard a woman call in to a radio station.  She was boasting that she had bought 5 artificial trees, along with 5 sets of themed decorations, some years ago.  Each year she assembles and decorates a tree, then simply throws the whole lot out after Christmas.  Am I the only one who thinks this is slightly mad?

PS: All the shortcuts are merely suggestions for the overwhelmed, an invitation to look at traditions a little differently.  Some may work for you, and some may not.

2 Comments
  1. Jennifer Crutchfield 9 years ago

    I agree about throwing it all away. I certainly don’t have the budget for that.

    The year we had a pet dog and a 1 year old child we didn’t have a tree. I couldn’t handle the stress of keeping them both away from it. We hung a tension rod in the front window and strung our favorite decorations from ribbon on that instead. It was very pretty and sometimes we still do it.

  2. Angela Author

    What a great idea Jen! Thanks for sharing that tip.

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