My Nearly-Naked Tree

This year: properly&#8230 yeah. I think, based on what I&#8217ve seen on social media, quite a lot of people have reached a consensus that 2016 hasn&#8217t been our favored year in current memory.

Maybe that, and for numerous of my own reasons why (which I&#8217ll cover in my 2016 recap and not this post), I expected myself to go all out on the holiday decorations. I&#8217m stubborn (duh, hi, have we met?), so I wanted to finish the year on a high note: a final, massive flourish of Christmasy-ness. Lotsa glitter. Silver. Gold. White.

Classic. Complete. Done.

And alternatively, I did what felt like nothing. I did about 3% of the issues I thought I was going to do.

christmas tree 2016

I began out ambitious I put my tree up the weekend of Thanksgiving. I bought it for myself last year and was truly hunting forward to receiving residence from my parents&#8217 house and quickly beginning the holiday season. It&#8217s pre-lit and snaps together in only three pieces (which I Adore — I can&#8217t locate the exact one on the web any longer, so here&#8217s the affiliate hyperlink for a single that&#8217s equivalent). I plugged it in, stood in the glow of the white lights&#8230

christmas tree 2016

&#8230 and generally didn&#8217t bother to throw on a single ornament for all of December.

At first, I believed the usual culprit — procrastination — was to blame. Each day that I walked by my tree, I told myself tomorrow, and kept undertaking other things. I sorted via all of my ornaments for the color scheme I wanted to go with. I purchased four new ornaments that coordinated with the colour scheme I planned to go with. And yet, tomorrow. I left it as-is.

It was blank (effectively, nearly, given that the lights were currently attached) and comforting. I could stroll by, let my eyes glaze over, and just appreciate my almost-naked tree. I put a skirt on it due to the fact it seemed silly with out one, but that was it.

I did the holiday thing at other individuals&#8217s houses and came home to carrying out my personal, quiet factor. It&#8217s in fact been really good to really feel a sense of slowness at a time of year where every little thing else seems so rushed. I&#8217ve been spending time with household, new and old friends, and neglected to really feel negative about not throwing glitter on a year that I am not even organizing to be pals with as of January 1st.

In hindsight, I&#8217m glad I did factors this way my 2016 tree reflects my feelings about 2016 pretty well.

How I felt about 2015:

How I really feel about 2016:

christmas tree 2016

Yep&#8230 appears about right.

So, it&#8217s not going to be in any person&#8217s quite Christmas roundup or get pinned a million instances, and that&#8217s perfectly alright. As an alternative, I&#8217m going to invest the rest of the season receiving myself prepared to bring on a new year with lots much more in store (for instance, in case you missed my comments in the sneak peek final week, I have been working with a brand on my laundry room makeover project and that massive reveal is coming in January).

christmas tree 2015 vs christmas tree 2016

Have you ever put up a Christmas tree, only to not decorate it? I know I can&#8217t be the only one, but I&#8217m curious how a lot of of you did the identical or equivalent!

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