While visiting Mr. Handsome’s family for Thanksgiving, everyone met at a Christmas tree farm (which also had live reindeer–see my November 28th post) so those who live in the area could pick out Christmas trees. The tree selection wasn’t great, so we ended up stopping at a tree lot. Mr. Handsome and I were poking fun at them because it took so long for everyone to choose trees. And it wasn’t that they were walking around the lot looking at a bunch of different trees…
Within the few minutes, Mr. Handsome’s youngest brother and his wife were sure that they wanted a 10-foot tree for $125. After about 25 minutes of discussion about size and type, the other couples decided to save money and go with the $25 Scotch pine trees. Then for another 15 minutes, Mr. Handsome’s parents (and two youngest sisters) and his second oldest sister and her husband went back and forth between three Scotch pine trees before each household came to a consensus.
By that point, the couple that had selected the expensive tree decided to join the bandwagon and choose a $25 tree instead. While they were picking theirs, the others changed their minds a few times, as well. In the end, we left with three nearly identical Scotch pine trees in my in-laws’ trailer, plus a fourth one that my oldest sister-in-law and her husband had purchased at the reindeer farm. When we returned to my in-laws’ house, everyone realized that it would be difficult to tell the three trees apart, so there’s a good chance that they didn’t all end up with the one they selected.
I will say that they trees looked great in each of their living rooms. Especially the tree that my youngest brother-in-law took home. He and his wife were in a tiny apartment last year, so his wife had the fun task of purchasing ornaments this year during Hobby Lobby’s Black Friday sale. She chose white lights with silver balls, and her finished tree was absolutely beautiful. I don’t have a photo, but if you picture a tree that you would see in the window of a fancy department store, that’s about how it looked.
A few days later, Mr. Handsome and I went to The Home Depot in Nashville and spent exactly three minutes selecting our Christmas tree. It was cold, Mr. Handsome didn’t have a coat, and I was hungry. Rather than spend $50 or more, we decided to go with a six-foot tree for $35. We hung white lights with mostly gold and sliver ornaments (see below).
In the midst of all this Christmas tree chaos, what surprised me the most was how great my single brother-in-law’s tree turned out. He lives with three male roommates, and they bought a 10-foot tree at a charity event. Now I will say that my brother-in-law’s girlfriend had a big part in choosing ornaments and decorating, but it still makes me laugh that four single men have a magazine worthy Christmas tree sitting in their living room (see the top photo).
These men may have a collection of ice-covered, expired foods at the bottom of their freezer. And they may have 75 eggs in their fridge–because they always forget to make a list when they go to the grocery store, so why not just buy a carton of eggs and come back another day? But at least their Christmas decor is on point. They even went so far as to hang stockings over the fireplace.
And my brother-in-law’s girlfriend purchased this adorable stuffed alpaca to sit under the Christmas tree. The guys think it’s cheesy. How long did it take to choose your Christmas tree, and how did you decorate it?