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My Favorite Childhood Christmas Tree: A Look Back

When I was a child, my parents bought a green artificial Christmas tree. I must have been about 9 or 10 years old. The tree wasn’t big, but I thought it was. After all, it was taller than me.

Unpacking Our Artificial Christmas Tree

It came in a long, narrow box. When we slid the tree out of the box, we had to open the tree branches and connect the “feet” so that it could stand.

Unpacking and opening up the arms of an artificial tree

I still see the image of a very skinny man sleeping in a box. Every December, we would wake him up by gently sliding him out of the box and give him life by awakening his body and adding his feet. 🙂 Then we would decorate him and bring him alive for Christmas.

This memory is not about decorations, but I wrote more about my approach to decorating a beloved Christmas tree here.

Storing Our Trusty Tree till Next Christmas

Once Christmas was over, we had to remove all the decorations and smooth the branches down to store the tree in its box. This took quite an effort. The box was made for the new tree with no wear and tear. But the longer we had the tree, the harder it was to get it back into the box.

Packing away an artificial Christmas tree

For some reason, my parents never considered buying a container for our Christmas tree. I think that was because money was tight. Having a tree was necessary, and so were the decorations for our tree.

Every year, we would unpack our decorations from years gone past. Sometimes we would buy new ones. Especially things like garland that seemed not to last as long as the baubles and other tree ornaments.

Also, we didn’t have the incredible storing solutions we have today. Today, we have many fantastic storage boxes for Christmas decorations and trees. It is now easy to safely store an artificial tree so it can bring joy for many years.

One of my favorite Christmas tree storage solutions is this extra-large, heavy-duty container with wheels and handles. It can store up to a 9-ft tall tree and is available in grey, red, and black.

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Thank you

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of our tree. If I did, I would have loved to share it. This picture does remind me of our beautiful tree. 🙂 Thank you for reading about my memory of our lovely Christmas tree.

Also, if this is a challenging time of the year for you, know you are not alone. And, for some love, visit our holiday quotes page.

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