Thinkin’ about Christmas trees

November has hardly begun, yet I am already feeling the urge to drag out the ol’ Christmas tree.  However, I’m feeling that I need a change this year.  I’m tired of the same old green tree.  I’ll probably put it up, sure, but this year I’m thinking of buying a second tree — a white one — and making it my “retro” tree.

I think I’ve become spoiled by modern technology, because I was oh-so-sure that I somewhere there would be an online tree decorator program where someone could play around with different looks for a Christmas tree.  No dice.  If I were a computer guru, I’d jump on the opportunity to design one, but alas, I was not born with such a gift.

So, since technology cannot help me illustrate my thoughts in this instance, I’ll have to paint a picture with my words.  Here’s what I’m thinking . . .

White tree, something like this:

Some pretty blue lights:

Some shiny retro-looking ornaments:

and a retro tree skirt:

And it will all look random and kind of crazy because that’s the way Christmas trees are supposed to be, in my opinion.  Have you ever noticed that when looking at pictures of Christmases past?  The trees were imperfect (because they were real) and the decorations usually did not mimic something from Martha Stewart’s living room.  Now it seems that most people’s trees are competing for the cover of Better Homes & Gardens.  I myself prefer the family Christmas tree to look as if the family participated in its decoration – which, of course, they do.  We’re not perfect by any means, and neither is our Christmas tree.

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