But then I got Tallulah. Tallulah, when she was younger, was a bundle of energy and curls. Her first 4 years were a search and destroy mission; and a tree would have been a disaster waiting to happen. So, we were treeless for a few years, and eventually I got out of the habit of putting one up.
I did buy a prelit 2' tree and put it on my mantle. I decorated it in a red and white candy theme. It was so small that I didn't even bother to take off the decorations at the end of the season before storing it away for another year. Very little effort.
This year, I debated for quite a while. Should I use the 2' tree again, or should I use the bigger one? I was confident that Tallulah would be OK around the bigger tree; but is it worth all that trouble for one person? I was leaning towards no, until I learned that my nephews would be coming to visit for a few days next week.
The nephews would not be impressed with their auntie's puny tree, so I decided to go all out.
Then I saw the Zadge's blue tree, and it occurred to me that I wanted something new. The mulitcoloured hodgepodge tree has been great; but I was ready for a change. And darn it, Brian Gluckstein ornaments were on sale. So, I started with a good basis of Gluckstein design ornaments, and then shopped around town, refusing to pay more then 50% of regular price (almost everything was on 60-70% off.)
I went for purple and grey. Then I was worried it'd be too dark, so I added white and silver. I realized after the fact that I'd forgotten to get a tree topper; but this'll have to do. I am officially done with going into stores until at least a week after the holidays.
Cripes. José's in the darned picture again. I swear, I don't plant Tula's rat in my pictures on purpose.
I took the picture in the day, because most of the purple ornaments are so dark, they disappear in photos - but they're glass and there are lots of white lights to shine through them. They actually look pretty great at night.