Last year I posted a photo of my Christmas forest, which consists of four trees. But this year I decided to go for the minimalist approach and only use one.
When I put up that one, lonesome tree -- a six-foot Wesley pine purchased for $20 at Walmart in 2009 during our most recent Oakwood stay -- it looked really, really sad. Kevin pointed out that the little labels showing where to insert which branches were visible, and I briefly considered saying the heck with it and buying a bigger, prelighted, 220-volt Christmas tree.
So I did what any self-respecting woman with 72 million boxes of Christmas decorations would do: I poured (almost) everything we have into that one, lonesome little tree.
Hundreds of decorations and 6.5 strands of lights later, we have this:
How does one use 6.5 strands of lights, you might ask. Well, there are seven strands on there because that's all we have. But half of one of those strands won't light, and it's not like I could give up the half that will, so the dead half is wrapped around the bottom of the trunk. I like to think that half would make all the difference in those almost-dark lower branches, but the reality is that I might have gotten just a little carried away with the lights on the top. But just a little.
I actually like it better without the lights on. That way I can tell whether there are any branches yet to be smothered in decorations ...