Some background. When my sister was very young, she had an allergic reaction to the sap of the Christmas tree. So ever since then, we’ve had an artificial tree. Around 2005 or so, my aunt didn’t understand what an “upside down Christmas tree” was, so I reconfigured our tree. Then the next year, I made a “quarter tree” to fit in a corner, then a “half tree” to put flat against the wall. There was only so much I could do with that poor old artificial tree (which by that time was around 20 years old.) And thus began the tradition of my making a different tree every year.
A Complete Christmas Tree Decoration Story
This is how I decorated my Christmas Tree from last 10 years. I hope you will like it.
2008 – Wireframe Christmas Tree
2009 – Magnetic Board Tree
My mother was babysitting her nephews, so something they could touch and not break.
2010 – Instead of hanging ornaments in a tree, this is hanging trees in an ornament
2011 – 3/4 tree (was a little broke that year, so pulled out the artificial tree once more.)
2012 – Construction paper with bells (one of the nephews was fascinated with bells.)
2013 – Lace spiral Christmas Tree
Some of the lights in the string failed, thus the short length that had to be stretched out.
2014 – Floating Balls Christmas Tree.
This one was a hard one to top. Took a few weeks to assemble, to get the lengths of the fishing line just right.
2015 – Paper Plates Christmas Tree
2016 – 78 Subway drink cups (Yes, I go to Subway a lot.)
2017 – Toilet Paper Cardboard tube Snowflakes Christmas Tree
And Last year, 2018 – Gift boxes Christmas Tree (over 100)
Because of the babysitting, I tried to make trees that weren’t fragile, and that I wouldn’t mind if it got damaged. (The exception was the floating balls, but I was obsessed with it that year, and by then the boys were older.) So it became an unsaid rule that I never kept and reused a tree. My extended family usually comes to my home on New Years so the “tree” stays up until then so that everyone has a chance to see what I made for my “not-a-tree” Christmas Tree.