Christmas tree alternatives

8 Dec

Fewer than three weeks til Christmas, and the tree vendors are on the streets in full force, overcharging the masses. The smell of pine as I walk by always makes me want to change careers, so make a lot more money, so I can have a bigger apartment, so I can have a real tree. Alas, I had to figure out something else in the short-term. It’s hardly groundbreaking, but it really gave my room (the only space I have to work with in my apartment) a good dose of seasonal cheer.

Fig. 1

After work last night, I stopped by the closest tree vendor to my place, just two blocks away. I asked the guy, busy with a saw, if he minded if I took some of the scrap.

“Have as much as you want!” he said.

I stuffed several branches in a grocery bag, brought them home and cut them into smaller pieces over the sink, being careful that each one still had a pretty top so it looked natural. I stuck ’em in a stumpy vase, tied some ribbon around, and poof — a little Christmas tree plant! (Fig. 1) It’s not the cutest thing I’ve ever made, but it smells good and looks OK.

Fig. 2

I also used a bigger piece to lay on my window sill and enhance my glitter tree from TJ Maxx, 2-foot strand of battery-operated lights from Michael’s and flameless Target candle (Fig. 2). I hear they are making them with remote controls now. What the what?!?


2 Responses to “Christmas tree alternatives”

  1. Nancy Zanios 12/10 at 9:40 am #

    Looks great..a little touch of Christmas until you get to Evergreen.
    Think of you often. XXXOOO

  2. June 12/10 at 6:01 pm #

    This is a really good idea!

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