I got a Christmas tree. Big deal right? Lots of people get Christmas trees. Well lots of people don’t get them on January 1 now do they?
I don’t remember the last time I had a Christmas tree. Very long. It’s not that I don’t like them but I don’t exactly celebrate Christmas in the most usual sense. I kind of more pay attention to the season and the overall nondenominational, secular spirit of the thing. And in recent years I can’t say I’ve been feeling all that festive. I think you do a lot of that stuff – putting up trees, decking the halls and so on – if you have kids or grandkids or plan to host holiday parties, none of which I have/had in mind. I don’t have a lot of room for a tree either. (I do have some tree-sized houseplants and that contributes to the absence of room for an intruder tree.) I did a few things decorating-wise this season like this and that but a tree wasn’t even on my radar.
All this being said, I love seeing Christmas trees and remember well when I was growing up how I loved to sit & stare at our family tree. It’s kind of like being hypnotized by a fire whether it’s in a fireplace or outside somewhere. My view just goes there and lingers. Christmas trees are beautiful. (Here’s a special one on fourth generation farmgirl’s blog.)
Then I got an idea the other day. Wouldn’t it be nice to set up a Christmas tree with lights & decorations outside? Sure if you have an actual tree already you could decorate it but I was thinking about getting a seasonal Christmas tree for the role. Wouldn’t it be a way to have a tree to enjoy that other people could see too? Maybe I could remember to do this for next Christmas.
But a year seemed a long time to wait on the idea. As it happens every year my community sets up several temporary tree drop-off points right after Christmas. What if I was to check out those sites and help myself to a FREE Christmas tree now?! Yep, I snagged a USED Christmas tree! The one I noticed right off happened to be cute & small like I wanted AND still had a tree stand with a place to hold water attached! Hot dog! If only they could have seen fit to have left all the decorations on too; then I’d really be in business! Ha! True, it was dropping a few needles but looked to have lots of life left, certainly for my purposes, which is to keep it for the month of January.
It’s set up outside but not where people will see it (I’m not gonna be THAT person; I mean I DO know what month it is). I added a strand of multi-color mini lights and just shiny red Christmas balls. It is perfect and pleases me immensely, stirring something deep and quiet and calm.