Sure, I like Christmas trees and all of the nice warm cozy connotations of FREE STUFF!!! ::Ahem:: I mean, togetherness, and memories of my childhood toy orgy – I mean, memories of my family slowing down and spending some time together. The smell of pine, the lights, the mysterious pile of gifts peeking through the pine needles at the base of the tree …
Okay so Christmas is weird! We hack several million trees off at the knees and haul them inside to hang baubles and lights on while stashing our “proof of love” loot underneath. This is so deeply rooted in the Christian and non-denominational American culture, that it seems perfectly normal. In fact, it is weird NOT to have a tree! I mean, if you aren’t Jewish of course.
Yes, a well decorated tree is nice. But if you feel so inclined, here are 14 DIY alternative “trees” (Christmas or Solstice if you don’t do the Christ thing) that will spare a 12 year old sapling’s life and definitely get people talking.
They range from the puzzle-like wooden tree above to my personal favorite, the simple “I don’t care” ladder tree.
Because nothing says “meh. just give me some more egg nog & let’s open the presents” like a ladder tree.
If you’re looking for something more technically complex, try this LED tree:
Or, if you already killed your tree but still want to decorate it creatively, Simon Doonan (who decorated the Obamas’ Blue Room last year) has suggestions ranging from Facebook to Dada.