Hello Friends! Today’s the first day of “new” restrictions. I say “new” in quotation marks because this isn’t our first rodeo is it? Thus far, December has gone by in solitude and it is likely that Christmas will be spent alone as well. I wrote about spending Christmas alone last year. If you are in the same boat as me, fear not. It truly isn’t that bad. In fact, it can be a time of inner reflection and contemplation. Relieved of the pressures of having to buy gifts for difficult family members, juggling the inevitable family squabbles and trying to come up with multiple menus for people with different requirements, it is possible to actually discover the peace and joy that lies at the heart of Christmas.
I stopped putting up a real tree a few years ago. It was just too physically arduous for one person. I have several tabletop ceramic trees that I adore bringing out but it really isn’t possible to stack gifts under or around them. I don’t have a modern artificial tree either due to a severe lack of storage space. Last year, I tried stringing lights around my miniature indoor palm tree but it just looked like a sad, feeble rendition of a Christmas tree. For some reason, I forgot about the vintage artificial tree that was buried in a closet. I had never actually assembled it and just assumed that it was a short miniature tree because of the size of the box. Imagine my delight when I hauled it out and put it together. Fully assembled, it is a little over 6 feet. The genius of it is that it packs down into a very small, lightweight flat box, perfect for a lone person with no storage. I have been collecting bird ornaments for years and lo and behold, I had exactly enough for my bird themed tree. There is something so sweet and charming about a vintage tree. It is miles away from its modern, over the top counterpart. Of course all trees are lovely in their own way but a vintage tree has that indefinable charm of yesteryear before rampant consumerism took hold of our collective consciousness.
Just because you are the spending the holidays alone, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in festive cheer. Bring out those cherished decorations and string up those twinkly lights! The goal is to make your home a sanctuary and a haven.
So tell me, do you prefer a real or an artificial tree? Angel or star?