The Trimming of the Christmas Tree

Twas the week of Christmas and all through the house …. How’s everyone’s Christmas coming along? Little late for this question? I know. I’m waaaayyy behind. Birch, please. In a normal year, my inner elf, doesn’t wake from her summer slumber until the day after Thanksgiving. That’s when I turn into a Christmas-caroling, sale jumping, done decor-ing by the first weekend of December, tazmanian blizzard (hmmm … good name for a cocktail πŸ€”). This year my inner elf is a bit slugglish. Hungover from an over indulgence of forced, Christmasy-cheer brought on by a July onset of Christmas carols and Hallmark movies due to the pandemic. 2020. Amiright?

So this year, I’m taking things easy. Every year I say I’m going to cut back and this year, I actually did! My Christmas tree trimming idea? Just string some lights on the tree, throw it in a vintage container and call it good. Not bad, not bad …. but not good …. baby steps to the au natural look for me. I couldn’t get past the sad looking, isicle, string lights drooping from the sparse branches of my little tree. It needed a lil sumthin’, sumthin’. Feeling nostalgic, I looked to Christmas trees past here and on my Instagram feed to come up with some sort of theme.

In a pandemic-induced, mind warp, I wandered back to summers past. The 4-H Fair shows and driving the boys to and from while they pumped our speakers full of AC/DC and yell-sang ‘Big Balls’ like a deranged group of dirty, beef barn scented, elves on an a hot cocoa high. Sooooo …. that’s where my thoughts were as I ‘shopped’ my upper garage for Christmas tree decorations … not on snowflakes, glitter, and a frosty, white Christmas, but on hot summer nights at the County Fair with the head-banging, melody of ‘Big Balls’ ringing through my ears. Technically, it could qualify as a classic Christmas carol? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

With this mental image, I present to you Tin Shanty’s 2020 Christmas tree, ‘Big Balls and the Beaver‘. (Hey, now! Keep er out of the gutter … he πŸŽ…πŸ» knows when you’ve been bad or good 🀭) To get a better look at our traditional ‘Construction Zone Beaver’ ornament, click here for last year’s tree post.

Post Christmas Decor Shopping and Christmas tree trimming ideas for next year!

OK. I admit this year has gotten away from me. I’m new to this blogging thing and now realize to truly inspire you I need to have my Christmas tree trimming ideas come to life the day after Halloween. So I’m starting next year’s Christmas decor planning now in hopes of taking advantage of post Holiday sales. Below are a few items that caught my eye.

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Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light

Some may see a curtain of lights. I see a winter wonderland in the making …

40 LED Photo Clip Lights – String Lights w/ Remote & Timer

How cute would this be for a Christmas card display? Alternate cards with ornaments or felt letters to fill all the clips.

National Tree Foot Kingswood Fir White Pencil Tree, 6.5 ft

I really love a flocked tree. Skip the ‘flocking’ mess and just go with all white?

7 Foot Frosted Alpine Quick Set Snowy Flocked Christmas Tree with Warm White Surebright LED Lights

LOVE! ❀ If you have a flocked tree you love, drop it in the comments …. Please and Thank you!

Christmas Wreaths (2-Pack, 15-Inch); Evergreen Flocked Greenery with Pinecones

Who doesn’t love a good wreath? These would look great hung with some simple ribbon.

18″ Pre-lit Artificial Christmas Star-Shaped Wreath

Look at this beauty AND it’s pre-lit!

Midcentury Christmas book

Oh, a girl needs some inspo to fill her creative tank … and I’m a sucker for a good-lookin’ book cover!

OHIO STONEWARE 2467 10Gal Stoneware Crock

Look what I found! You can never have too many crocks (or baskets). This one is Made in the USA – midwest to be exact πŸ˜‰ As you can see, my 20 gallon Red Wing crock is the star of my tree this year.

F#@k This Shit Show: A Gratitude Journal for Tired-Ass Women (Cuss Words Make Me Happy) Paperback

I can’t think of a better way to close out 2020 ….. perhaps whilst sipping a cocktail …. errrr … Tazmanian Blizzard, anyone?

See all of my Christmas lists here!

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