My family is somewhat anti-holiday. When my parents were going through their crazy fundamentalist Christian phase, there was no tree, no presents, no nice dinners, nothing. It was bleak and dreary and we went to church before, during, and after Christmas. And though I wholeheartedly agree that Christmas has become a grossly over-commercialized stress-fest, I believe in a more moderate approach. Also, I would never inflict on my own (future) family, the stress I endured as a child when I came back from the holidays very sad, sullen, and empty handed. I sorta fell back into this bah-humbug mentality when I started law school. I spent most holidays away from my family and friends and when I did finally get home for Christmas, it was often very close to actual Christmas day and I was always in a state of intense physical, mental, and emotional collapse.
But now with all this free time, I felt I could get back into the holiday spirit. My family hasn’t had a Christmas tree in years but this year, I lobbied very hard for one. I got my parents to cough up $60, at which point I learned it’s extremely hard to find a fake tree at that price that does not look appallingly Charlie Brownish. Four hours and seven stores later, Home Depot finally pulled through.
This will never make the cover of Martha Stewart Living, but it looks real enough to me. I ended up eating some of the costs but I really don’t mind. I managed to find some things around the house to decorate the tree which helped defray some of the costs. I’m particularly fond of my little Hello Kitty log cabin ornaments.
A store-bought tree skirt was also not in the budget, so I sorta cobbled one together with some Christmas fabrics on sale. I’m not thrilled with the result but a proper tree skirt pattern also wasn’t in the budget. 🙂