Before I explain these pictures I have to give you a little background.
When my husband & I first got married I dragged him through the nearby Christmas tree farms seeking out the "just right tree to decorate" for Christmas. This would take at least a minimum of half the day. Usually we (I) would pick a day that was snowing & blowing with temps in the single figures so you can imagine the frustration that he felt & (must admit) I sometimes felt when we couldn't find the "just right tree" even after traipsing the entire tree farm, only to end up cutting one of the first trees we saw, then hauling, dragging & trying to fit the darn thing in or on what ever vehicle we had with us. Not to mention the scrapes & scratches we both endured through this procedure. After getting it home it would have to rest, (the tree not us) for at least a day. Which meant we had to still trim the bottom, fit it in the stand & get it in the house & decorate, of course it was always bigger once we got it home than what it was in the field, but it was a fresh tree & smelled heavenly!!! Then the lights, oh the lights, these were the hardest things to get on just right. If I would have let "sweet man" do them they would have been helter skelter, but it would have only taken him 5 minutes versa half the day for me. I soon learned that this was not to be a joint effort, but my duty to decorate the tree & any other part of the house. So having said that after about 3-4 years of that process, we (he) announced that we (he) thought we should get a artificial tree, since we (he) were both getting older & it was just to much work. I finally agreed, so we got us a artificial tree, that ended up taking almost the same amount of time to assemble & decorate & I might add left small pieces of what ever it was made of all over the house, much worse than the real tree. Now since I work full time "sweet man" decided to get the whole process done one year before I got home from work, & I found him in a fit of exhaustion having spent the entire day just assembling the branches & setting it up, no decorations yet. He announced that it would be the last time he EVER EVER would attempt this feat again.
Now, here comes the good part, about 2 years ago "sweet man" had been shopping & came home all beaming & exclaimed he had found the "perfect tree" for us. So, off we went for my approval, sure enough it did in fact look like just the solution to the dilemma of putting up a tree.
As you see in the top picture it is about 3-4 feet in height, when it is taken out of the box it is actually less then 2 feet, but once it is plugged in you push the button & it begins to rise, decorations,berries, bows, poinsettias, babbles, lights & all into a 6 1/2 foot wonder of a tree!!!. The whole process taking only the time to haul it out of storage, getting it out of the box, finding the spot of honor to display such a wonder, plugging it in & walk away.
Of course you have to hide the cords & tweak it here & there, fluffing the bows just a little, & add a skirt around the bottom & admire it.
Some of you designer folks may think it is a bit un Christmas to have such a thing in your home but even me being the die hard I was to getting artificial anything this saves a bunch of time, energy, & hassles & I(we) can spend more time relaxing sipping on our hot cup of coffee or chocolate & sighing a bit of relief from the hustle & bustle of the season.
Merry Christmas to all!!!!