Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Simplified: Trees

My vision for Christmas without a tree included forced bulbs, greenery, silver, and candles. Then last weekend a friend invited me out to visit the new home she and her husband have just purchased. While we were touring their breathtakingly beautiful lot complete with woods and a lake they pointed out several cedar trees they were planning to cut down. "Hey can I have one?" Before I knew it her husband had a shovel in hand and my friend was instructing him as to which tree she thought I should have. He dug them up for me because I wanted to keep them alive in containers. These are seriously the most beautiful trees ever to me. I like them unadorned. And is there anything that is not improved upon by moss?

Without a giant Christmas tree in the living room window I wondered if the house would look "Christmassy" enough. I needn't have fretted. I love the way these trees look here and there. This one in the living room did get blessed with vintage ornaments from my husband's childhood tree.

 The third tree, and the one that presents are likely to go under, is this one. I planted it in a galvanized bucket and set it in this old crate I picked up at a yard sale a few years back. I threw one strand of lights in the bottom and tossed in some pine cones from the yard.

The fourth one got planted in this galvanized bucket. I just can't decide if I like the galvanized metal, silver, rusted urn, or wooden crate best as a tree container. Luckily I don't have to decide!

The cost of all these trees and their containers? Zilch. Or you could say that my friend bought me some $187,000 Christmas trees and she got a house and a lake for free.

It's all in your perspective.

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