Christmas tree alternatives: Thinking outside the boxwood
That’s what my last blog was about. But what about other options? Can it still feel like Christmas without a tree at all?
My boss, Sharon McRill, owner of the Betty Brigade, saved a banana plant from a home clear-out a few months back, but the plant was so large, she had no room for a Christmas tree this year.
Her solution? A banana Christmas tree. You may not be able to tell, but there are lights on it -- and a few gifts already tucked beneath it.
One of my fellow Betties, Josh, has developed a tree-free Christmas tradition of his own, in the form of a decorated lamp.
We interpret these options as tree alternatives because they serve the purpose of a tree. They are something to gather ‘round. They’re the thing you put the gifts under. Here are some other tree-free alternatives:
* Find an interesting fallen branch in your yard or in the woods, stand it in a container, or lean it against a wall and decorate it!
* Create a “tree” out of things around the house. Open up a tripod, or use a ladder, and have fun decorating them with garlands, lights and ornaments. Kids love getting involved in projects like this.
* Hang Christmas lights on a ceiling hook and bring them down and outward, creating a tent shape. Or suspend ornaments from the ceiling at different heights over the pile of gifts.
* Affix old Christmas cards to a wall in the shape of a tree, and place your gifts on the floor beneath.
Whether you choose a real tree, an artificial one, a potted plant or completely non-organic alternative... whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannuka, Kwanza, Ramadan, winter solstice or none of the above... may your days be merry and bright!
Judy DiForte is a professional organizer for the Betty Brigade, an Ann Arbor-based concierge company specializing in moving coordination, organizing and event planning. Please leave comments here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.