One, Two…Buckle My Shoe,
Three, Four…Shut the Door,
Five, Six…Pick-up Sticks,
That little riddle pretty much sums up my day yesterday. It was a beautiful 60° day here in Chicago so I made the most out of the unseasonably warm weather and went on a walk. I set out on my stroll with two things in mind – a little morning cardio and a Christmas tree.
I followed the weaving walkways through Lincoln Park, into the zoo and around the pond. I wandered around aimlessly admiring the statues, watching the animals, soaking up the fresh air, and searching for sticks…aka my Christmas tree.
Every year while growing up, it was a tradition of ours to pick out a Christmas tree as a family and decorate it. I always loved the tall, lush trees that filled the house with that wonderful fresh-cut pine fragrance. But, like I said two weeks ago, since moving to Chicago some of my holiday traditions have changed. Just as I no longer eat turkey on Thanksgiving, I don’t have a real Christmas tree for Christmas…until this year – well, sort of. This year I retired my silver tinsel tree and instead of going the traditional route, decided to trim my own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
While on my walk through the park I veered off the tree-lined trail to pick up a couple sticks that would become my unconventional Christmas tree. Yes, I was that crazy lady crawling in the bushes. I had a bit of competition – from the squirrels scurrying about, but in no time, I gathered up the perfect bunch of branches.
When I got home from my morning of meandering, I went to work on making my tree. I arranged the twigs the way I wanted and secured them with suede so they’d stay in place. Then, I wrapped some of the branches with thread so they were colorful, strung a strand of gold sequin from the branches & hung the handful of ornaments that I own. Then, wha-la…my Charlie Brown Christmas tree was complete! Sure, it doesn’t give off that delightful Spruce scent…but I’ll just buy a candle.
All in all it was a very enjoyable day, I had a peaceful stroll through the park with nothing but wide open space around me and the city as a backdrop; and a I created my cute little Christmas tree – there’s something very therapeutic about sitting down and wrapping string around a stick.
What’s your Holiday tradition? Do you cut down your perfect Christmas tree every year, or do you take a pretend pine out of storage for the season?