When I was younger, I would have scoffed at Future Beth for being interested in fake trees at all. In my old age and wisdom, however, I came to recognize several major benefits of a fake tree:
- They come in a box. This eliminates the need to load a real tree onto the top of my not-so-large Saturn, which I hadn't quite figured out how to do yet.
- They don't die. Seriously, I hate watching trees die, no matter how much people tell me they're grown specifically for that reason.
- You can put them up whenever you want. December 4 until after Christmas? Not a lifespan problem for a fake tree...and I really wanted to put up my tree last weekend.
- You only have to buy them once.
Despite the economic argument about buying the fake tree once, however, I was daunted by the price tags attached to them. I've been researching them on my every-other-day trip to Home Depot, and was stunned by how much they cost.
Not at Goodwill! At Goodwill, my beautiful tree was only $24.99. (For those of you who pay attention to the titles of blog posts, this is my attempt to prove that I can do some math: $24.99 divided by the height of the tree = $3.332 per foot!) Thanks to a devoted and muscular fellow-Goodwiller friend who was willing to carry the heavy box to my car, I got my tree home and used the backyard as a staging ground to clean everything.
And after lots of patience, here was my tree!
I did have an ethical dilemma I'll confess to you...I discovered when I got it home that the tree came from Wal-Mart. My friends know of my moral convictions about Wal-Mart and given my anti-Wal-Mart sentiments it was rough to see their logo inside my home. But then I realized this is the ultimate anti-Wal-Mart statement - I have their product without paying them for it! Turns out, they sell the tree for only $88...an unbelievably good price for a gorgeous tree which is, I believe, further evidence of how evil they are.
Anyway, after having my ethical retailing mind battle, I started the ever-so-fun process of putting lights on the tree. And then the best part: my ornaments!
Because of my attraction to plastic ornaments from the dollar store and my partial success at making ornaments, I'm happy to report that my lovely Christmas tree cost less than $50 - including the tree!
these paper ornaments as soon as I made them, but with the white lights surrounding them they're even better. I'm glad I took time to crimp the cardstock - it reflects the light in very cool ways.
accidental sheep ornament is a happy addition...and a daily reminder that I can't be perfect at everything so I may as well keep a sense of humor!
I'm also very happy that all the ornaments are kid-friendly, because I have a Christmas elf who, as you can see, loves playing with the ornaments!
Update: my tree has joined a Christmas Tree Party over at www.thriftydecorchick.com! There are countless great ideas for you to see from other bloggers.