Last year I wrote about my downfall from Christmas Tree Queen to Charlie Brown Poser after I decided to save a bit of money and cut down a cedar tree off the farm. I’m still staying at home with the kids and am lucky enough to get another school year off to hang with my boys, but I still have a budget that I quite perfectly suck at, so it is yet another year of getting a cedar tree.
I’ve actually had my eye on one particular cedar tree since the summer. A cedar tree had grown up next to the garden over a year and had created way too much shade. I decided then that I would make it our Christmas tree, so a few weeks ago, while my husband was gone and I had finally come across a handsaw, I headed outside to cut that bad boy down.
Of course, there was a problem from the git go. As you can see from the picture, it had two large stumps. I actually had a hand saw at that moment, which is saying something because I’d been searching for it for weeks, so I wasn’t letting this chance pass.
Might as well have two large ugly trees, right?
My older son decided to become the photographer during this process as well, taking a thousand pictures of my big butt sticking out from under the large limbs of this monstrosity. There is nothing more degrading than cutting down a hideous, free tree, just to then have to delete a mass of unflattering photographs.
So I cut one tree down, leveled it out, brought it into the construction zone upstairs because there isn’t any room left downstairs in our liveable space, and then waited a whole week before my husband helped me put it up. Then it took me another week to put the lights on, and I have yet to finish putting all the ornaments on it. It already looks a mess because of the giant bald spot where the other part was growing, so the lack of ornaments just adds to it’s personality. Oh yeah, and it is way taller than our upstairs ceiling. By my measurements, the ones I took after I hauled it upstairs, it’s just over 11 feet tall.
Did I forget to mention that it’s Christmas Eve and the other half of the tree is still standing near the garden? I guess my garden will just have to deal with the shade for one more summer because by the time I get back out there with a hand saw (lost it again), it’ll be December 2017.
Since it’s Christmas Eve, I should probably get back to cooking, baking, wrapping, and cleaning (myself mostly, I really need to take a shower), so have a good one and enjoy your perfectly decorated trees, fake, from the lot, or just even grown straight. Please, do not post pictures of these Martha Stewart creations for pity’s sake, but if you have any that you think might look worse than mine, and no I’m not going to show you the whole thing because it’s baaaaad, please post those so I don’t feel so alone in my unorganiness (this is the year of making up words, right?).
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!