This morning I realized the house we bought in April and have been madly in love with ever since, was, in fact, a terrible mistake.
Simply put, there is no room for the Christmas tree.
Back in April all I could think of was the garden. Where the Christmas tree would go was the furthest thing from my mind.
But now, standing in the living room in late November, with the partially assembled tree swelling up like an inflatable elephant in a mouse house, it was clear there was only one viable solution.
Put the house back on the market and find another place to live. Preferably within a week, so as not to lose too much decorating time.
I sat down to consider other options, trying to ignore the fact that when I pulled the leg rest out on the couch, my toes were in the tree.
There was only one spot the tree could go and it simply didn’t fit.
I then landed on a second solution.
We would close in the deck, knock out the wall of the living room and voila! There would now be space for the tree in all its glory.
Again, we would have to build this new addition within a week so as not to slow down my decorating schedule.
If only the tree were half as wide, it would have fit perfectly.
And then I had a third idea, only this time it was a really good one.
I would simply leave off the branches on one half of the tree and smoosh it against the wall.
Not only did this solution work, it looks fabulous. You would never guess the entire tree wasn’t there. Only the bottom four rows needed to be halved. Once I got to the top I was able to fit the branches all the way around. This configuration also made the tree far easier to string the lights and garland on.
I figured I had landed on a solution of genius proportions. Well, maybe not genius exactly, but moderately inventive and game changing.
A quick google proved otherwise. Turns out “my” idea has been done plenty of times before. What is that old saying? Necessity is the mother of all inventions. In fact, you can even buy trees already halved.
While I’m a little disappointed my idea wasn’t unique, I am beyond relieved that we don’t have to move or build an addition. So is Darcy.