There is a very deliberate reason why I have an
artificial tree. And it's not because I enjoy making fun of my
neighbors whose dead trees inevitably blow around our cul-de-sac
while waiting to be picked up by the garbage trucks.
That's just a bonus.
I have an artificial tree so I am not forced to
take down my holiday decorations by a dying tree shedding sap and
needles all over my living room carpet.
Yes, I used the word "forced." You see, I love the
holidays. I adore decorating my home with white lights and red and
white garland that's so bright and fluffy it looks like a scarf. My
holiday-themed Rubbermaid containers full of painstaking labeled
ornaments are like scrapbooks to unpack every year - memories of
vacations past and childhood milestones. My tree is filled with
generations of ornaments that are the only links to some family
that I have left. Sappy right?
See how I managed to use "sap" in two different
There's just one problem. At some point it becomes
embarrassing that I'm still turning on the Christmas tree (that's
perched in the front windows of my house) in the middle of January.
The recent Polar Vortex gave me a little reprieve this year from my
neighbor's usual stares and snickers. But they are watching me to
see just how long it's going to take me this year before I knock
off my hanging-on-to-the-holiday-shenanigans and get with the
Well, why can't the tree stay up all year? It can
be a "Love Tree" for Valentine's Day, with families filling it with
messages of love to each other that they place on it. Then, of
course, there's the whole Easter Tree. That's already a thing - why
can't the trees we decorate be nice, full pine trees instead of
spray-painted Charlie Brown looking twigs?? I'm sure we could
figure out how to incorporate it into every holiday that we
Especially Arbor Day.
Better yet, let's just leave the ornaments on it
and don't pretend that we are trying to fancy it up in to something
that it isn't. Protest I say! Keep the tree up all year long! Don't
we moms have enough to do without having to put away something that
looks like this once a year?
Jennifer Evers is a 40-something blogger and small business owner living in the Chicago suburbs with her two young daughters and a DVR full of reality television shows. She blogs about her life at Me, Myself and Jen (www.memyselfandjen.com) - single parenting, recipes, crafts and home projects, crazy things her children do, travel, celebrity encounters, community events and those wacky "Real Housewives."
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