Certain things are tough to downsize, especially when you have a history of going “whole hog” with the decorating, celebrating, and cooking for them. How do you fit in a traditional Christmas tree when you are struggling to figure out where to store a 3 qt saucepan? How can that traditional Christmas fun be expressed when there is no room for anything extra?
It CAN be done. We did it today.
Christmas tree–Okay, it may not be a 6 ft Douglas fir, but hey…who needs to spend $50 for their tree anyhow? It’s a 2 foot pre-lit tree. The branches on the back are bent to create extra fullness to the sides, as well as allow it to be closer to the wall. It sits on a shelf made from a leftover piece of engineered wood flooring and two “L” brackets from Lowe’s. With a tiny gold skirt, four stocking and four snowmen, and about 6 small red bows, topped with a golden glittery star…it doesn’t look half bad, and the price was certainly far less than the purchase price of a 6′ Douglas fir!
A thin red tinsel garland, along with some small “evergreen” garland, some bells, a spray for over the door, a bit of duct tape (gotta have some somewhere, right?) and a strand of 100 lights…and the entire living area is transformed into a festive sight with decorations dancing along the edge of the ceiling and beneath the few overhead cabinets. The stick on holders for the lights were a total “FAIL” as they don’t stay stuck to the vinyl covered wall board, resulting in being replaced with less classy and perhaps more classic…duct tape.
Christmas is coming, and its not far away. The tree has been decorated with care, and all that is lacking is stockings for Santa to fill.
Now, we need to work on those letters to Santa. After all, I’m not sure he’s aware of our new status as downsized, space impaired, none-too-rich empty nesters with minimal needs…