Our Christmas “Tree”

So I’m a little late with this post.  Whatever!  As I mentioned before, we didn’t decorate for Christmas last year, and I thought that was one of the reasons Christmas didn’t feel “quite right.”  I was determined this year to put up some decorations and get a small tree – maybe a rosemary bush or something to hang some ornaments and lights on.

I had planned on buying a bunch of stuff at Ikea, but the day we went down to Turku I was suffering from day two of a vicious pregnancy migraine, and after dealing with the mall and the hardware store, I knew I couldn’t suffer through a trip to Ikea.  So we stopped at Hong Kong (kind of like our local Big Lots) and I picked up a bunch of things there.  Rather than a tree, I bought a green garden trellis and some garland, thinking I could wrap the garland around and hang it on the wall.  Sounds crazy, I know, but you know what?  I LOVED the end result!

alternative Christmas tree

Our “tree” – a garden trellis wrapped in garland and hung on the wall.

Seriously, I kept looking at it during the weeks it was up and smiling.  Stephen will probably kill me, but I fully intend to keep this thing and put it up every year, along with a “normal” tree once we get home.  It just made me happy.

A strand of lights and some ornaments completed my little tree.  Most of the ornaments were cheap store-bought ones, but I did have a couple of special ones on there:

Hyvaa Joulua - "Merry Christmas" in Finnish (actually I think it's more "Happy Christmas")

Hyvaa Joulua – “Merry Christmas” in Finnish (actually I think it’s more “Happy Christmas”)

 

I picked this up at the Market in Helsinki - a little pine cone made of pieces of tree bark (I think maple?)

I picked this up at the Market in Helsinki – a little pine cone made of pieces of tree bark (I think maple?)

I had a couple of these on the tree.  Stephen thought I was crazy - "What do mushrooms have to do with Christmas?"  But they were so cute - and mine wasn't the only tree I saw mushroom ornaments on!  (Blurry photo, I know, sorry!)

I had a couple of these on the tree. Stephen thought I was crazy – “What do mushrooms have to do with Christmas?” But they were so cute – and mine wasn’t the only tree I saw mushroom ornaments on! (Blurry photo, I know, sorry!)

I’ll be honest – Christmas still didn’t feel quite right.  Not being close to family and friends, not having presents under the tree and opening them Christmas morning, not seeing the joy on loved ones faces as they opened their gifts – those things mean more than I realized. That, combined with the fact that we’ll have a baby around next Christmas, has made me determined to go home for Christmas this year.  We’ll see if we can make it happen.

Oh, and I picked up a bunch of ornaments at the Christmas markets in Vienna and Prague.  I can’t wait to put them on the tree next year!

 

 

 

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  1. Love it! Very creative. And I really love the pinecone ornament made from pieces of bark. So pretty!

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