This post comes about for two reasons: first, I was looking at some very public live Christmas tree somewhere as it was being unloaded–at the White House, or Rockefeller Center, or perhaps even in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican (through the marvels of TV, of course!)
Wherever this tree was, it didn’t look very attractive initially. In fact, I remarked to the Spoiler, “ugh, that’s an ugly tree!” And then I stopped, thought a moment, and changed my mind. Once all the lights and ornaments and decorations–garland, tinsel, whatever people choose to put on trees–is all put up, there really are no ugly trees.
I also reminisced about Christmas tree shopping with neighbors for “cut your own” trees. These neighbors would traipse all over the acres of trees on offer, leaving behind pieces of their outerwear on promising trees–a mitten here, a scarf there–all so that they could go back to find the “best” tree.
After an hour or so of this, they were tired, cold and utterly confused–and we had already cut our tree and were waiting back in the warming hut with hot chocolate!
These days, because I remember that so well, I rarely look at more than 3 trees. I raise my arm, and if the tree is taller than that, it gets rejected as too tall (once the tree is in my giant stand and has the top on it, it’s usually just right). I tend to prefer a “narrow” tree because it needs to fit between a desk and the couch (see the photo above) And because none of us is getting any younger, I now go with balsam firs instead of fraser firs because I have to carry it and put it up myself, and balsams are lighter.
And so, once the tree has all its decorations, it looks glorious–at least to my eyes. You would scarcely realize that this tree has no top–or to be more precise, the “top” is in the wrong place. It’s off center. It’s to the right in the above photo. I had to put the bow on a distinctly skewed top–but since there are no bad trees, it makes no difference. All those ribbons hide everything.
So if you are one of those types that agonize over picking a tree, never mind. Save yourself some time next year and spend the time buying gifts or drinking cocoa or something else enjoyable instead!