In the years since becoming an adult I have not decorate my home for the holidays. It always seemed expensive and a hassle. Every year we would discuss getting a tree, then argue about whether to get a real or fake one (I grew up with real; he grew up with fake), then end up not doing anything at all. The issue never seemed pressing since we were always visiting family for Christmas and relied on their traditions (and decorations!) instead of creating our own.
Now that HP is on the scene, it feels different. We're still visiting family instead of having Christmas at our house and we still don't agree on whether a real or a fake tree is better, but Christmas has taken on a new importance now that we are a family of three. This year I feel a strong urge to put up decorations, listen to carols, and generally get in the holiday spirit.
I know HP is too young to "get" Christmas and could care less whether or not we had a tree. Even so, I want to start creating family traditions now. What can I say? Christmas is just more fun now that we have a child.
The issue of a the tree still remained unresolved. My husband didn't want to get a real or a fake tree, and I didn't press the point since our house is tiny and can not accommodate a full-sized tree without some serious rearranging. For several weeks I had been brainstorming creative ways to have a (free) tree without taking up valuable real estate in our cramped living space.
Enter the pallet tree.
We found a pallet in good shape next to a neighborhood dumpster, brought it home, stained it, and painted a tree on it. It's currently on our patio airing out. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and will post pictures once it's on the wall and fully decorated.
It sure doesn't feel like the holidays are approaching with the highs in the 70s for the past week, but once our tree goes up it will be "beginning to look a lot like Christmas" in our home.