Christmas Decorating: Senior Housing Style
December 4, 2017 3:13pm CST
I just read the post with the photo of the Christmas tree that Jeff aka @moffittjc and his kids put up over the weekend, which I must say is very nice. It just so happens that I decided to put MY tree up this morning, and here it is, all 1 1/2 feet of it! I bought it last year at Family Dollar, along with a string of white lights for it. This year, I decided to add a second short string of colored lights and some red bows that used to belong to my mother. Instead of putting it on a stand in the living room, I decided to put it on top of some totes in front of my kitchen window. That way, it'll be visible from the parking lot and street. I didn't see the point of putting it where only I could see it, so there it stands for anyone going by to enjoy, too. This took me all of about 30 minutes to complete, including a few ornaments that I hung from the curtain rod in the window. I just went outside to see how it looks out there, and it looks pretty darn good even if I do say so myself. I had been debating whether or not I'd even decorate this year. Now, I'm glad I did, because lights are still, after all these years, my favorite part of the Christmas season. Photo is mine.
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• United Kingdom
I really like that. I want one exactly that size and which won't take hours to put up. My nieces used to come over when they were kids and spend hours putting up decorations but they are grown up now and I prefer not to spend too long on it. I really like your tree. It looks beautiful and flashy even if it is smaller.
• Saco, Maine
Thank you so much. And as someone else pointed out, it takes as long to put it all away as it did to set it up, which is about 30 minutes tops. I find the dismantling melancholy, which is why I like to keep it short. When my kids were small, I hated dismantling, because it signaled the end of another fun event that I would never get to relive.
• Gainesville, Florida
That's a cute little tree! I was thinking about getting one about that same shape and size for my daughter to put in her room! It's not the size of the tree that matters, but the size of the Christmas joy in your heart! That's why the scraggly little tree in Charlie Brown was such a special tree, because of all the love that went into it. I'm also like you...the lights are my favorite part of Christmas! decorations.
• Saco, Maine
Thanks, Jeff! I think I paid $3 for this tree. It's about 18" tall, and one string of about 25 lights does it. Because it's green and gold foil, it needs few additional ornaments. I just hung the red bows on it and called it good. More than that would be overkill. So I think it would be perfect for your daughter's room.
• New Zealand
I'm glad you posted this. I'd been debating whether or not to decorate since it's only our son and us for Christmas. I didn't last year as we went away. Now you've convinced me to make the effort and put up our little tree - it's small, but all we have room for.