Simplifying Christmas

November 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM Leave a comment

My husband and I live in a small house (1100 sq. feet) and we have two English setters.

Years ago we decided having a Christmas tree wasn’t in the cards for us (a “Charley Brown”-type tree wasn’t our cup of tea).  We didn’t have room and the dogs, well, you know.  We never knew what we’d find when we got home.

Looking to find a way to enjoy our ornaments and celebrate light during the dead of winter, we decided to go with a big wreath instead.


At roughly 36″, it held all our ornaments, it was up off the floor and we loved it.  We would sit in the living room with all the lights off save the wreath, just like anyone else would do with a tree.

Then a time came when we were sick of paying for a fresh wreath, at something like $50.00 a pop.  Not only that, voila, it was dry two days after we put it up (probably because the greens were cut, assembled and shipped in September — yea capitalism!).

Two or three years ago we bought a fake wreath, wrapped it in lights and put our ornaments on it.  We thought we had it made.

Fast forward to today.  I got the wreath out and the lights don’t work so I have to take all the ornaments off, take the lights off, buy a new string of lights, them on (that puppy is heavy — wrapping lights on it ain’t no easy task) and put the ornaments back on.

That said, I’m thinking there has to be a way to simplify this whole thing:

Simplily Christmas



Entry filed under: Musings.

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