For the last two years, Nick and I have not gotten a real Christmas tree. It started in 2008, when he got laid off at the beginning of December, and, not knowing what the future held for us, we decided to save our money and instead got a little fake (and fairly hilarious) tree for $6.99. We spruced it up with lights and a few of our favorite ornaments; it looked silly, but we kind of loved it. We decided to break it out again last year, and it was nice having something that didn’t take up so much space. Plus now, our crappy little $6.99 tree has some sentimental value to us. It’s a nice reminder that we don’t need anything big and fancy at Christmas (or anytime of year) as long as we have each other. Cheesy, but true :)
This year, we are torn. We both miss the smell of the real tree (it’s the best!!) but neither of us is very enthusiastic about going to pick out a tree or moving our furniture around the squeeze it into our living room. In short: we’re feeling lazy. We know we’ll love it once it’s here, but aside from Nick’s parents being here for a short time on Christmas weekend, we’ll be the only ones to appreciate a real tree (and we’ll all be able to enjoy my mom’s real 8 foot tall tree on Christmas day!).
I love the holiday season, but I’m just feeling “meh” about the tree thing this year. Am I officially a Scrooge? Or are you forgoing a tree this year, too?