I am not sure how it all started, maybe growing up in a Jewish Household and not having a Christmas tree, but somehow as an adult the number of Christmas trees I have has grown exponentially. It seems almost like a Christmas tree version of Gremlins, and the stories that follow by friends and neighbors make it sound like folklore.
I have always fallen in love with the beauty and elegance of a decorated and lit Christmas tree. There is something romantic about the beauty of the lights and nostalgic about all the ornaments that have been made and given. There is beauty of the colors and themes and joy as family and friends decorate their tree. There are endless possibilities and like snowflakes no two are alike. Some are whimsical, country, elegant or organic, live trees or artificial, white or colored lights, short or tall every one just as beautiful as the next.
When we first got married my husband and I bought a 7ft artificial tree from Kmart with individual branches we had that tree for 14 years and every year was an adventure trying to figure out which branch went where and then stringing the lights, I finally donated it two years ago. That first tree was our only tree until we had our first born. That tree became our formal tree in the formal living tree decorated in ivory and gold, but we wanted a fun one for Santa to bring the presents, and so one became two.
For six years it stayed that way and then the kids each got their own tree, and then we moved and colors changed in rooms and then 4 trees became eight and then 12 and somehow that seemed like enough and that is what we had the last 6 years in Virginia. Then we moved again and trees were too tall, rooms too small, some rooms too big and I became too tired to put them all out. For the last two years we went from 12 to 10 and then this year to eight. I wonder if next year I will be at six. My husband can only hope.
How do I get so many trees done. I only use artificial pre-lit trees. My Christmas best friends are “Picks”. Picks are anything that can be shoved into a tree, flowers, ribbons, funky stems. Again the possibilities are endless but they add dimension and color and fill a lot of space without taking up a lot of time. I also keep all ornaments and decorations for each tree separated in clear totes labeled so when I go to decorate a tree, I have the tree and all the totes for that tree in that one room and do one at a time.
During the next week I will post pictures of all of the trees with some instructions on how something is done to make each one unique. Happy Decorating!