In my scaling down phase, I have decided that the great big tree takes up too much room in my living room, it is cumbersome to handle getting it in and out of storage, and it is heavy, besides. I have offered to give the great big tree away for free to some needy family, but as yet I have no takers.
But, I still want a tree, so I have a "pencil" tree. It is not a prelit one, but I have plenty of lights and decorations for it. I have two sets of decorations, as a matter of fact. This year I went "Victorian Era Chic."
The whole tree is decorated in crystal and silver ornaments, and white lights. Then it is draped with various silver and crystal garlands. I have a string of lights that are white lacy birds. They show up rather creamy instead of white, but are still fitting and a family favorite.
I have several boxes of the traditional ornaments, lights and stuff the kids made growing up stored away in my storage area. Next year I will use them, but for this year, it is what it is.
A big thank you goes out to my daughter for saving me the hassle of rearranging the furniture and putting up the tree. When I came home from trekking to southern Indiana for Thanksgiving dinner, that unsavory task was already done. Thanks, Sweety!
All that is left to do is put up the Nativity. That is my project for today.