I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Monday, December 08, 2008

Our Christmas Tree Fiasco

Our Christmas tree this year did NOT start out as one of my favorites ever. It even ranked up there (in my mind at least) with the "Charlie Brown ugly branch" tree. Now, I don't want you to think that I am ungrateful. I am SO thankful we have a tree. Christmas really wouldn't feel like Christmas without a tree. You know, since it's been in the high 80s every day since November something. (And it's only going to get hotter.)So, let me give a little background for this tree. When we moved here last year the exchange rate was pretty lousy. If I remember right, it was just over 6.5 rand to a dollar. Now it's MUCH better. But at the time of purchasing our tree, I didn't know where to get decorations, so I just bought them from our local supermarket where I bought most everything else.

Big. Mistake.

Can anyone say 'cheap plastic ornaments'? I knew you could.

Looking back now, I realize I didn't have a choice. Other stores were not known to me, and even if they had been, I couldn't have afforded much. So this year, after decorating with what we had and not being impressed with the results, I got creative.
The princesses and I made glitter snowflake ornaments. And they make our tree look awesome. It was a fun thing to surprise the girls with on Saturday morning. They all sat around in their pajamas and sprinkled glitter oh-so-carefully on the gluey snowflakes. It was a blast.

And our tree is now presentable. Cute, even.
Although the heated debate whether it's prettier with colored lights or white lights is far from over. I personally MUCH prefer white lights, while the Prince is a fan of colored lights. This may have been the catalyst for all the dislike for the tree in the first place.

But I'm ok with it now. It's not so bad, right?


  • Brenda

    Needs more presents.

    Specfically, it needs more presents with "To Brenda" on the tag.

    Then your tree would be truly awesome. :)

    No, handmade is the best. One day you will have a gorgeous tree and no little girls at home to help and you will want this glitter tree back.

  • WendyMom

    I love it and agree with Brenda 100%!

    Hopefully our package will make it ot you in time for our gifts to be under there too.

    Oh, I'm missing you right now!

    Love you tons-

  • Aunt Bossy

    Yes--Uncle Brainy & I have had the SAME white vs colored lights debate (I'm with you)! So usually we have colored lights on the big tree, and I put white lights on the little tree UB had in his apartment when he was single. Except this year we only put up that little tree, since I just can't imagine getting out the 7 footer & having to pack that away with the rest of our earthly possessions to begin the moving process. But next year, hello OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!! And they will be white. :-)

  • Mary

    I'm putting off (with passion) putting up our tree. Ours is so butt ugly! Each year I promise a new one. Each year I look at the price and then I look at the poor craftsmanship and retreat to the carport, drag our oldie out and try something (anything) to get ours to resemble a tree. What's that I hear you say - you want pictures?

    Way too scary!

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