As I put the finishing touches on our Christmas tree this past weekend, I said to Nate, “Well this is pretty much the exact kind of Christmas tree that I hate.”
I love the look of white lights on a color coordinated tree. The ornaments don’t all need to match, but I really appreciate a tree with some kind of order or theme. In years past that was exactly the kind of tree we had.
The only downside to that tree was that it was barely two feet tall. Our living was too crowded to justify spending money on a large tree, so we thankfully accepted a 2 foot hand-me-down and used it for years.
Last Christmas was our first year in the new house, which came with plenty of room for a full size tree. However…
We decided to use our 2 foot beauty another year and look for a good sale on trees after Christmas. I could bore you with the details of why we didn’t buy one after Christmas, but instead I’ll sum things up: We decided we didn’t want to spend the money.
Our waiting paid off in the end and we were blessed with a free tree a few months later. It isn’t the pre-lit, tall beauty we were hoping for, but it really does look pretty nice. So here is our tree…
It has 1 string of colored lights because that was all we had in the house. Do you know how pathetic 1 string of lights looks like on a Christmas tree that size? It is filled with ornaments from my childhood. They are not matchy-matchy and some are plain ugly, but my daughter has loved exploring the tree.
Nate and I could have spent money on the perfect tree, filled it with hundreds of lights, and decorated it with beautiful color coordinated ornaments. Instead, we decided that our money was better spent on other things. We decided that Christmas isn’t about having an ideal tree. We decided to find contentment in “the exact kind of tree that I hate.”
Where do you choose to find contentment during Christmas?