It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, my favorite time of the year! Of course it’s still spring-warm here, but I’ve got Nat King Cole’s Christmas album blaring on vinyl and a hot cuppa cuppa to sip anyway!
My other half and I aren’t going to be home for the Holidays this year (we’re off to England to visit my sister, brother-in-law and two nephews!!!!!), but we still want to deck our halls in the spirit of the season without plunking money down for a tree we won’t be around long enough to fully enjoy. So we came up with something different this year….
First, let’s back up to last December when a high powered wind storm brought down a hundred year old oak tree out in front of the house we live in. It came down and took everything out in its path. So sad! Here’s my main man standing on one of its branches.
Fast forward to August when we threw a going away party for my sister’s family-move to England. My husband took a portion of the oak’s root system, turned it upside down and nailed it to a piece of scrap. Accented with bougainvillaea petals, it made a unique money tree!
Present day and the tree is still giving. We cleared off an old trunk and used that to place our “tree” on top of. It took us a little while to figure out just what to do, but we finely found our groove and went with a theme inspired by Mother Nature.
We strung it with lights (could have used 100-strand instead of 50), shaped some moss around the root tips – bonsai style, added an array of cherry and pear ornaments and came up with a festive tree that we can recycle yet again. The photos don’t do this dreamy display justice (the wide shot looks especially sparse in comparison to reality). I’m in love with it!
A very Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah (we celebrate both) and other festivities to you all.