Since my husband and I have been living together, we’ve had an artificial Christmas tree. I actually asked him if we could buy it for our anniversary, which is in June, since they were on sale. I had found a company that specialized in Christmas trees and similar decorations, but they were expensive. In June, though, they were selling for half the regular price. We bought a beautiful tree that already had lights on it. The warm, white lights that glow gently. I also insisted that it be taller than my husband, who is just over six feet tall, so our tree is 7 1/2 feet high. Our apartment had high ceilings, but in our house it barely fits.
This year, I wanted to have a Christmas tree in the dining room, too. I wanted to have a real Christmas tree. In additional to our normal tree, of course. There was no way I’d consider having less trees. Mostly, though, I didn’t want to place my sentimental collection of Christmas ornaments on a real tree because I don’t know how our cats will respond to it. I decided that this real tree would be our experiment, a test to see how our cats handle a real pine tree in the house. They’ve only ever seen our artificial tree since we’ve had them almost their whole lives and they only live indoors.
Today, we went and bought a tree. There is a place not too far from us that sells fishing supplies and, at this time of year, Christmas trees. I instantly fell in love with one that was short and chunky. I thought about looking at the others, but I figured there was no point. This one, that I saw almost immediately, was the one for me. Our artificial tree is tall and slender so I knew I wanted one that was chunkier. I also thought one that was too tall might not fit in my car. The people selling the trees kindly tied it to the top of my car, though, so maybe I could have bought a bigger one.
As soon as it was in the house and in the tree stand, I fell in love with it again. It was perfect! Taller than me, but not as tall as my husband. So wide around that I almost can’t fit my arms around the top. I learned that when I started to put the lights on it by myself. After a second trip to the store for additional lights, it’s now in the tree stand with water and covered in lights. I decided to use multi-colored lights to contrast with the all white lights on the artificial tree. Neither of them have their decorations yet, but I’m hoping they do by tomorrow night!