It’s that time of the year–Christmas! Before you start asking yourself how in the world it got to be December already, it’s time to invite you to a really cool concept–a Christmas Tree on Parade blog tour. Hosted by the amazing Terri of the blog Christmas Tree Lane (by the way, isn’t that the best blog name to host a Christmas tree tour?), it’s a fun place to show off your tree!
Without further ado, let’s start talking tree. This year, we’ve been taking a minimalist approach. At under 900 sq feet, we have a little space in our condo–but the cat furniture and trappings of cat ownership have taken over our house a bit. We’ve had two different furs with two very different results–one in which the cat was very protective of the tree (and tried to eat the tree) and one in which the needles just fell off within a few days.
This year, we tried something different. When we accidentally moved our decorations into storage, we realized the same tree strategy wouldn’t work this year. And then we were at Michael’s and saw an artificial tree on sale. Luckily, we saved the receipt because an impromptu trip to Home Depot meant a different tree for us. And a whole new world of possibilities. Our tree is artificial, but cost just over having 3 real trees. The lights were included and the three portions of ‘foliage’ have magnetized bases and only one plug!
Geeky Tree ‘Pro’ tip: Be sure to keep the higher value or electronic elements in their original packaging. If batteries are any portion of the device or the remote, be sure to remove them each year–if there’s a plastic tab separating the battery from the electronics, you can often slide that back in. Doing this will help your future holidays!
We set up the tree and used the remote–this tree goes from no lights to white lights and then to multicolored lights–there’s even a strobe feature. It’s a lot cooler than we anticipated. We put up the Star Wars Death Star tree topper (from Hallmark) and were able to have an entire lightshow. Because it wasn’t a real tree AND because there were no ornaments, the cat was interested, but not obsessed–we consider this a win.
While this might be a minimalistic approach to a Christmas tree for some, we feel that this properly conveys our feelings about the holiday. Lots of pretty lights and great music (The Imperial March!!!) and we’re good to go. I love the soft glow of the lights in the room–all we’re missing is a fireplace.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Parade of Christmas trees by clicking the link below. Be sure to visit a few of the people on the list–you won’t be disappointed. Thanks again, Terri of the blog Christmas Tree Lane, for hosting!