Having lived in some form of RV for the last 13 years meant downsizing Christmas decorations, especially a tree. And although I fought against the “fake” tree as a pre-teen it’s almost funny how I fully support the idea now. My mother would certainly laugh. Any way, my first tree measured 6 inches (15.24 cm) and came with some tiny baubles glued on from, but of course, a thrift store. Probably cost me a couple bucks. Really, I’m not cheap, just thrifty.
A couple years ago I bought a 12 inch (30.48 cm) tree with optics at a thrift store for $5 and decorated it with clip-on rhinestone earrings. I really do like the idea of packing the tree away in a plastic grocery bag which I always forget where I put the following year.
This year, Mike was pushing for a REAL tree. What? Why kill a tree? No he meant a LIVE tree we could plant later. We have no space. Yet once again a thrift store saved the day when I found a 24 inch (60.96 cm) tree complete with star, stand and red ribbon for $3. The first decorations added, Stacey’s felted acorns. (I love these, thank you.) Next I dug out some spun glass ornaments I’ve had--and rarely seen--over 25 years. And finally the rhinestone earrings. We’re both happy with this tree.
And yes it’s small. Maybe too small to shelter the gift of love we exchange. Or the newer 5h-wheel we’re looking to buy. But at the growth rate of Christmas trees, in a couple years, we’re going to need a bigger house/RV.
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