This year, I decided I would really, really create the dainty, sparkly feather tree of my dreams. A feather tree is an old-fashioned, artificial, spindly little tree with a bare trunk and sparse branches. The original ones, which came from Germany in the 1800s, had feathers as branches. I made an attempt a few years ago, to prune our real tree down to feather tree proportions, but the tree itself was too bushy and for some reason, I waited until it was dark (WTF?) to start pruning. I wish I had read An Urban Cottage's post about doing this before I started, but oh well.
Anyway, this year, Seamus and I looked through the assortment of trees at Snow's Garden Center until we identified the sparsest one they had. It wasn't all that sparse and the lady who helped us pack it up clearly thought I was crazy when I told her I was planning to cut a bunch of branches off of it.
Back home, I held the tree upright with one hand, and sawed off branches with the other. This was pretty awkward, especially as I got down to the base of the tree. When I noticed how large the pile of pruned branches was, I chickened out. I also felt sorry for the tree. Ever since I read "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen, I have imagined that Christmas trees have feelings. (For good mental health, avoid Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and if you're going to follow the link to the story, I suggest pre-medicating with prozac. Or vodka.)
Anyhoo, once the tree was installed in the living room, we used Becky's method of applying the lights. It makes a HUGE difference to wrap your lights around the trunk. Doing this helps to mitigate the light-sucking properties of the evergreen and it gives your tree depth and delicacy.
|Beginning to add lights.|
I would like to restore this Christmas cross stitch project I did nearly twenty years ago when the kids were babies. The pattern came from a library book. Now, it's in rough shape and I don't know what the best way to display it is. I used to string them all on a strip of gold cording, but they would twist and it never looked right.
My house is only half-decorated, and considering how busy and exhausted I've been lately, I think this is as far as it's going to get. How's your Christmas decorating coming along?