Kylie covered the topic of shopping brilliantly, don’t you think? Well, I’m going to make a few confessions about holiday decorating. There have been years when I spent hours and hours decorating the tree and interior of our house, and trust me, there was never a resemblance between what I did and what Martha Stewart does.
So, I’ve turned into a bit of a decorator cheat. Yes, I’ll admit it. I cheat on the Christmas tree. All that decorating can turn into a grind and make me feel like a Scroogetta. So, we have two artificial trees. Both are pre-lit. One is pre-decorated. For those years I’m on deadline, up goes the pre-lit, pre-decorated Christmas tree. You pull it up like a hoop skirt and it’s done in less than ten minutes. Here is a pic of this marvelous invention.
This year, since I’m not on crazy deadline, I’m using our slim-line pre-lit artificial tree. You ask, why do you have a slim-line tree? Because my dear husband chose the previous fat and heavy tree and it nearly required a crane to bring it in from the garage. Our slim-line (skinny) tree bears a resemblance to Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, so I’ve had to learned to fill it in. First tip from my mother: Get some of those fake bunches of decorated branchy things at a craft store and stick them into the holes. Second tip: Use BIG ornaments. They take up lots of space and you can get the tree decorated in much less time. Third tip: Just put up a few balls on the back of the tree. WHO’S LOOKING?!!! Fourth tip: While decorating, drink wine and listen to my long-time favorite CD.
Wanna hear one of the songs?
I’ve already put up my tree, but won’t do any outdoor decorations until after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to traumatize the neighbors.
What are your time-saving decorator tips? Share, share! I’d love to know!