‘Tis the Season

My mom always said she didn’t want to vacuum up pine needles, risk a bug infestation, or fret over the fire hazard of a dry tree, so I hung ornaments on an artificial tree for most of my life. It wasn’t until I celebrated the first Christmas with my (now) husband that I ever experienced the glory and magic of a freshly plucked evergreen from some farm past the ‘burbs. See festive cheer below:

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This year, however, my husband and I will be celebrating the Lord’s birth with a dramamine and bloody mary while sitting on a plane en route Spain. Rather than returning home to find a wilted tree that has been attacked by my cat more times than I am willing to admit, we decided to deck the halls with an artificial tree.

And thus… blog post. Trees are mad money and I want a cool one. So here are some I’ve found.

Martha Stewart Snowy Fir from Home Depot. All of M.Stew’s trees look fabulous online, but anything under $325 looks a little less fab in person. This tree, at $370, is very pretty. The one drawback is the fake fir is … pretty fake.

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So! If we’re gonna go faux, let’s REALLY do it. Love this Pottery Barn Faux Flocked tannenbaum and for one monthly payment of a Mercedes 350, this tree can be yours! But seriously, after eight years, this tree will just have cost you just $100 a year. Justification at its finest.

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I love the long branches on this tree. Adds a touch of whimsy to the look. The 7.5′ Downswept Hunter Fir Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree  is gorgeous.

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Lastly, Pier 1 does it again. This Pre-Lit Champagne Tree is a classic faux. Not too garish, but accents with just the right amount of dazzle. Also, have you SEEN their Holiday Collections? Holy Holly Jolly Christmas- snag a 20% off by signing up for emails and salvage some money while you spend the rest.

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The most exciting part is that one of these lucky contenders has just been shipped to a good home…

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Cheers to all Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Decorating Offenders (PTHDO)! 🙂

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