I can't believe that Christmas will be here in less than two months. The past year certainly flew by, but where to??? I've started working on some stuff, have a bit of shopping done, got together with friends to make Christmas cards, and have some decorating ideas for this year. One of those ideas includes a new tree. Not just any tree though.......
I had a wonderful 1st grade teacher named Helen Chisolm. She was one of those people who was made to be a first grade teacher, she had the perfect personality for the job. Unfortunately for me, I was sick a lot in first grade, so I missed a lot of school that year, and as a result, didn't get to participate in everything going on. However, the one thing that I do remember was Christmas that year, and in particular, the tree that was in our classroom. Mrs. Chisholm brought in one of those silver trees that were made from aluminum, very much a 60s/early 70's kind of thing. I've since found out that you couldn't put any lights on them because of the risk of electrocution which is probably why they probably didn't catch on. Nevertheless, I remember it distinctly and thinking at the time that it was the most beautiful tree I'd seen in my whole life (nevermind I was all of 6!). A couple of years ago I saw one in a store front and I was immediately taken back to first grade and admiring that tree from my desk.
The past couple of years have seen an increase in the number of non-traditional trees available, and I'd seen some silver ones here and there, but they were always great big ones. I'm not a great big tree gal, I hate messing with anything very big, so I just put it on the back burner. This year though, I decided I wanted one seriously, and have been looking at online sites, checked out area stores, and no luck at all finding anything in the size I wanted that was worth spending the money on.......that is until today. I stopped in the nearby Family Dollar just on a whim, hoping maybe they would have something. I saw white, pink, and wait.....what is this???? Okay, it's not silver, but it's called champagne. Hmmmmm..........looks shimmery like metallic, for $15 I'm willing to take a chance on it looking like Charlie Brown's tree. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, and that champagne is actually a combination of silver AND gold tinsel type material (suddenly I can hear Burl Ives singing as a snowman). I LIKE IT!!! Plugged in it's really super sparkly, and best part is it's only 4 feet tall, so once I set it on a table, it will be perfect. I have red decorations for on it that we got at Ikea, I'll just have to figure out a table cover that will accent it.
Laney was having fun checking it out, she tasted it too. She thinks it's just her size! All I know is I feel like I'm in first grade again :)