I love Christmas trees, I think they're beautiful. The problem is, I hate messing with artificial trees and live trees...well, no, just no. So I haven't put a Christmas tree up in years (probably since before Tasha went off to college). This Sunday, the hospice that we used for Tom is having a "Tree of Life" ceremony where we will get ornaments with our loved ones names on them. I wanted a tree to put mine on but the thought of messing with an artificial tree just made me stress out. So I have this "Kindness Tree" that I had a former child care mom create for me out of pallets. I have a weird emotional attachment to it, so I refused to get rid of it and it's still in my living room. I had it up on a table, but got a new lamp so I had moved it to the floor. Then I had an epiphany. I could decorate the Kindness Tree! So yesterday I went to Wal-mart and bought some lights and garland and put them on when I got home. I got out a Christmas Tree skirt and put around it. The normal topper I use wouldn't work on there, and so I used this Santa hat that I bought at Dollar Tree in a moment of insanity yesterday as a topper. I think it turned out very cute and much easier to set up than a normal Christmas tree and I get to enjoy the beautiful lights for then next few weeks. Looking at it makes me smile.