Do you see how HUGE this tree is? It was a score from a family who moved into a house with short ceilings last year. I put all of our ornaments from our small tree on this huge one last year and it made the half you could see look sparsely decorated. This year, we went out and bought a few packs of ornaments from Target to try to make the part you could see thoroughly decorated.
(For the record, the “shatter proof” ornaments at Target? Seem to really be shatterproof. I know this because I was picking a box off the top shelf and realized at the last second that the box was open. Several ornaments came crashing the 6ft to the floor. NO BREAKAGE. Call it my “trial” phase, but after that success? I totally bought the ornaments.)
I’m proud of my tree this year. It seems much more complete than last year. There’s a nice variety of handmade and purchased ornaments. A good assortment of goofy (I have a donut ornament!) and fancy (And some stained glass birds!). There are several different types of garland, including one small strand of snowmen compliments of LilZ from several years ago. I’m proud of the tree.
The part you can see, at least.
If you peek ever-so-slightly around the back of the tree? You will see nothing. NOTHING. Not one ornament. Not even any garland because I didn’t actually wrap it around the tree. I zigzagged it across the front. The back of the tree only has lights and that’s because they’re built into the tree. The back half of my tree is as naked as it was the day it came out of the box. And this is not (only) because I’m lazy, it’s because we don’t have enough ornaments! All of our ornaments are on the front of the tree…there are none left for the back half. Even if I wanted to decorate it.
So – tell me this: How fully decorated is your tree? Do you have a naked half like I do? Maybe your hidden half is only partially decorated. Or maybe you don’t have a hidden half so you have to decorate the entire thing. (This is why we put ours in the corner, it actually does hide half of the tree.) Or, are you the type of person that decorates the entire tree, in spite of the fact that half of it is hidden?