I give up! I can’t keep my word, because I didn’t update sooner. As usual, the update came much later and I apologize. Are you still there?
As I’ve mentioned on my preceding post, it was already beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at home almost a month ago. Was it a surprise to know that I was thinking of decking the halls this early?
This brings me to a conversation with the husband sometime in October when I strongly declared I was not decorating our home for Christmas. Reason being, my Allergist warned me against having fresh cut tree or live tree at home (was it a good thing that our live potted Alberta Spruce last year didn’t survive the winter?). In view of my allergy flare up which happened in the summer when I happily brought home several huge sunflowers from the North Fork, I was told not to bring in potential irritants. My husband equally opposed my decision not to put up a tree because he thought that there is a solution to that. But more so because he thinks it should even be more fitting that we adorn our home this Christmas, because we now share the same faith (although, he’s not yet baptized) and we have so many reasons to be thankful, joyful and jubilant about.
The husband won! An artificial tree was an easy solution. I had an early start searching for a tree that comes very close to the real thing as far as the look of real tree needles are concerned. I combed through a lot of online shops, bookmarked some that got our attention and by mid November, we went to several stores to see what they’ve got in-store but there was none that we both liked.
It was then that I seriously considered Balsam Hill. I went ahead and ordered a branch sample kit. Was I floored when I got the sample! Stunningly realistic indeed! There was no more if’s and but’s that our first artificial tree will be from Balsam Hill. I didn’t want us rearranging furniture to make way for a Christmas tree, nor a tree that may hinder our normal mobility. Balsam Hill fulfilled my requirements.
The 7 foot pre-lit Sonoma Slim of Balsam Hill was a perfect fit. It was shipped to us in a couple of days, and by November 22 we found ourselves assembling our tree. How’s that for a real early start?
Assembly was relatively easy; as easy as 1, 2, 3. It came pre-lit with clear lights so we didn’t need to string the lights unto the tree. That made it a lot easier for my husband.
A storage bag came with the purchase.
And these was the most useful of all – it came with two pairs of gloves which came really handy when it was time to shape the tree.
We were done in no time. The pre-lit tree looks like this after some tweaking and shaping ( sans the ornaments).
It took a few days to completely decorate the tree. Of course, I was on my own, but it was fun hanging the ornaments. I figured, I wasn’t going to wait for the next weekend to come around and hang the ornaments with my husband around. I did it on a piecemeal basis until every piece of ornament was in place.
Now, you may laugh at me if I come clean and say, our home was decked days before Thanksgiving. Yes, that’s way too early here in America but I’m glad we decorated early this year. For my fellow Pinoys, it’s fine, as we start playing Christmas songs in September and decorate our homes that early. I just have one regret though. I should have waited longer to avail of this tree at the sale price. I paid full price for it, and now that I see the discount they’re currently offering, I’m knocking myself for springing for it that early. But – as my husband says I should not just look at it that way. At least we have been enjoying the tree for a few weeks already. Who needs to decorate in a rush? I’m sure that’s no fun.