Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Saturday, November 28, 2009


    I have owned a twelve-foot Christmas tree for over twenty years. TWELVE feet of faux tree. That's just ca-razy.   It had to be decorated via a crane an 8-foot ladder.  Oh, it's gorgeous, but I used  - give or take - 25 billion ornaments on it.   Okay, it just seemed like it.   I mean really ---- four to six years, months, hours to decorate it....a lot of ladder work..... I'll just tell ya, no amount of eggnog or carols helped my aching back and legs.  

    Well, peepettes, no gargantuan humongous monster large tree this year.  I did something last year I thought I'd NEVER do. I put up a three-foot tree. Yes, feast to famine, you might say.

    More shocking: I decorated it beautifully, then after Christmas, put it in a large bag so all I'd have to do is "unwrap" it and set it out the next year. And that's exactly what I'm going to do. There,  I admitted it.  

    Now I feel Grinch-y. *sigh*    Are there any other "short-cut" Christmas tree people out there this year?

    A "room" like this would be delightful for guests, wouldn't it? It only takes one wall and a twin or full bed. We did something similar, expect we have a window behind the bed.


    Kathleen Grace said...

    I don't think it's grinchy at all! Things change, including the amount of time and effort we feel able to commit to decorating. A three foot tree can still be beautiful without all the incredible time and effort you put into the huge tree. It will leave you more time for other celebrations of the season right?

    Keetha Broyles said...

    Our tree is 9 foot, and I thought THAT was too tall - - - it was hubby's idea, not mine.

    I think that bedroom would be just dandy for ANYBODY not just guests.

    Cathy said...

    My son has a small tree for his room and yes..it has it's own trash bag storage unit...lol.. I untie it pull the bag off and he fluffs the branchs and he's off... So... welcome to the club.

    C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

    Hi Janean... hmmmm... it took me about a week to put all of our decorations up and I am still aching... I need a bunch of plastic bags!!! Bisous... Julie Marie

    Laura said...

    Hey- whatever works. That is my motto.

    I have always wanted to wheel my tree(s) into the garage , assembled and ready to go- my problem is my garage gets to about 110 degrees in the summer.

    Biog or small- it is still fun.

    I love your blog-
    Come see me,

    Andrea said...

    Sounds like a great idea to me.
    Blessings and prayers,

    Suz said...

    I got rid of my giant tree years ago...welcome to the sane club

    Pondside said...

    Last year we used an artificial tree for the first time - so easy that I wondered why it had taken me so long to get on board with it. This year the kids and grands will be here and there have been rumblings about going out to cut down a tree......we'll see!

    Anonymous said...

    So funny. I did a shortcut last year. I left my village up ontop of my shrank instead of taking it down and packing it away. No one notices it when the lights are off. I also put the pieces for the other shelves in the schrank instead of packing them away so all I had to do was pull them out and set them up. A day job took me about an hour this year. Works for me! Stop by my blog to see.

    sylvia said...

    oh so nice,Iwant that cristmas tree.
    hugs from sylvia in norway

    Blondie's Journal said...

    I have kept my decorations to a minimum by only doing up the living room, kitchen, family room and a bit in both baths. That saves a lot of time.

    We have always gotten live trees, but for the life of me, I think they look small on the lot and they are huge in my house!! This time, a tape measure...

    Your post was really funny!! Lots of smiles from me! :-)


    Beverly@My Sew Sweet Studio said...

    I love your idea of a small tree that you can store decorated. I look forward to seeing it. I only have a 7' one, but it takes me most of a day to decorate it.
    Love the red and white room,and the coziness of the drapes, but is it just me....I can't figure out what is in the floor on wheels.

    Deborah said...

    That is a beautiful bed!
    My mother has a HUGE tree and she takes it down every year because there is no way to keep it. I wish I had a short cut like that.
    I would do that every year, take the bag off and there it is! Best idea ever!

    Scientific Housewife said...

    I hear ya! Unfortunately, our faux tree is the type where you have to put in each branch one by one and it's also 7 feet tall so I can't really wrap it up and put it away but that sounds nice :)

    Junk Girl said...

    Wow...twelve feet - that IS a big tree. We've got cathedral ceilings so I figured I needed a big one myself. Man, BIG mistake -what was I thinking?! This year? A few small trees here and there...maybe the kids won't notice? Have fun decorating! I've been working like a wild woman this weekend to get it done. (The big tree's still in the storage room...)

    Draffin Bears said...

    Hi Janean,

    I am sure that your tree will be wonderful.
    A three foot one sounds a lot more manageable than your 12 foot one and you won't have the aching back and legs.

    Have a happy weekend

    Darlene said...

    I think that sounds wonderful!!!! We decorated our tree today and with our wild, black cat (last year a kitten that climbed it constantly), I hope it and the ornaments are still fine in the morning!

    I think that room is fabulous! Hope you are having a great weekend.♥

    Stickhorsecowgirls said...

    Doesn't sound "grinchy" at all to me.
    Sounds like a pretty good idea! I think I just might steal your idea this year! lol V.

    Cynthia said...

    I don't blame you for downscaling the tree. I just have an 8 foot tree and it took only 1 hour to decorate (since the lights are already on and I'm not picky).

    I LOVE the room idea you posted. It just makes you want to camp out there with a good book.

    Grammy's Sweet Nothings said...

    I think your idea is wonderful. I've begun to downsize a lot of things. Last year I let my son bully me into putting up my 8 foot tree, but I'd love to have a small one to set on the hutch by my window and forget the large one! The room was lovely!

    Art and Appetite said...

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving Janean! Haven't been blogging for a while but I'm back to your site.

    Can't believe your tree is 12 foot tall! That is sooo big! I so wish I had one that big--I'm stuck with a 9 feet one.

    The Quintessential Magpie said...

    Janean, I can completely and utterly identify with this! I am just thinking I want to get another little tree (or two) and put them around in the house so I don't have to climb a tall ladder and be in pain! I haven't gotten started on Christmas because of a lot of reasons, but I will get it done. Somehow. Some way. Some day. ;-)

    I bought a small tree in an urn from a store last year, and I did a small tree behind my wing back in the family room, but I still did an eight foot tree in the foyer. I'm thinking I might another "little" tree and put it in the library in the middle of the table in there. I have small godchildren who get upset if I don't decorate, but this year has been a little on the crazy side.

    But I hear you loud and clear, and I am singing in the Amen choir!


    Sheila :-)