This is the first year in quite some time that Jason and I have been able to put up a Christmas tree. Having the business grow slow and steady over the last eight years, we were able to manage cash flow a lot easier while working out of our home, which wasn’t always easy on the life balance side of things. Looking back I think the experience forced us to manage the balance, in order to save our sanity. One year we even had our very own Charlie Brown tree. Now that we’ve been in our office/retail shop for over a year, the dust has finally settled and our home has turned into a place of refuge for us… one that will actually fit a Christmas tree! Woo hoo!
Whether you dust your tree off from the basement or ride a horse drawn sleigh to go cut one down, one thing I’ve noticed is that the act of putting up the tree can sometimes induce stress… those darn lights are quite a pain, then you have the lopsided branches. Some of the easy solutions, like buying a pre-lit tree, don’t always solve everything. As with all things in life, it comes down to maintaining an attitude of playfulness and perspective. Things are bound to go wrong in the process… but overall, the memories conjured up from special ornaments and that final moment of getting to turn all of the lights out to enjoy the glow of the tree is worth it. Deep breaths, some hot cocoa, combined with laughter and classic Christmas music will go a long way. Don’t let your tree induce Adultitis this year!
I’ve found some fun childlike Christmas trees that challenge the status quo a bit. Thanks to Tinye Harding for sending us a picture of this first one… a tree made of Mountain Dew cans! The creator obviously had to of drank all of the sodas in order to have the energy for such a project. If you thought your tree was a lot of work to put together, the Lego tree will certainly top that. I love the simplicity of the ladder tree. Finally, the upside-down tree is just plain silly.