The Art of Compromise

Real or artificial? Quite unexpectedly
my husband and I looked at artificial
Christmas trees with lights already on
the branches. Three pieces to assemble.

Unexpectedly? We had gone to replace
an old coffee maker. After almost 40 years
of asking, it happened unexpectedly. So,
we perused artificial trees on display.

Three pieces and one plug. No lights
to string and replace. No decorations.
Just a simple real-looking tree. Yikes.
First one went back to the store. Defective.

The replacement awaits assembly in the
garage. Hopefully this one will work for the
upcoming season. On the way to the
checkout, I discovered a small

REAL living tree with a few decorations.
One which can be planted in spring.
My idea of compromise. The real tree
can be carried to the office to overwinter.

The 4″ Norfolk Pine will remain under
artificial lighting in the office. At
some point, it will get planted in our
daughter’s yard where she has room.

No more endless pine needles to vacuum all
year long. My kind of tree! Even our church
had to forgo real trees because of fire hazards.
Now to gaze at the tiny colored lights.

The almost-real artificial tree has a
place of honor this year and for years to
come. We can still enjoy real pines in
our yard. Compromise! Happiness.


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16 Responses to The Art of Compromise

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Compromise is the key to survival in our modern world. To use a small ornamental tree for Christmas and then planting it in the spring is an excellent idea, Mary Ann.

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  2. The holiday are upon us… May yours be blessed and beautiful, Mary Ann!

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    • Bette – thank you for such a wonderful comment. May your holidays be peaceful and you and yours blessed with abundant blessings. Enjoy the weekend. We going down to single digits tonight. Too cold for so early. I imagine you are similar. Stay warm! oxox

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    Happy Holidays Mary Ann.

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, it sounds like the perfect compromise! πŸ˜€ The Xmas tree conversation has been an intense one in our house for may years.. I love the real pine, its scent. However last year it kept falling over, water dripping onto our lovely carpet as the holder was defective. This year I’ve suggested our trusty artificial one! I love how you’re going to enjoy the best of both worlds! Happy Decorating for the holidays! Xx

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    • Annika – thank you for the comment. My husband used to take our two children to a tree farm to pick out the perfect tree annually. One year, the perfect tree was decorated and had lights and fell over. After two more times, he took one look as the less-than-perfect tree. It was crooked. No amount of attempting to counter that would have worked. We had to discard the tree and get another. I imagine you did not like water on the carpet. The real scent of pines is very pleasant – I agree – but not pine needles everywhere. Enjoy your weekend. Thanksgiving is late this year so it will be one long season of decorations. oxox

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  5. Clare Pooley says:

    The artificial trees look so good these days that it is hard to tell they *are* artificial! I wish you a very Happy Christmas with your new tree (and your baby real one in a pot!). I think we will continue to use real ones for a while longer. We never buy the tree too early and only decorate the house a couple of days before Christmas. The tree hardly has time to drop a needle before it has to be taken outside at the end of Christmas on 12th Night.
    I must admit to having a chuckle when I read that you had gone out to buy a new coffee maker and came home with a decorated tree as well! πŸ˜€

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