When I purchased this tree from Home Depot in 2000, part of the appeal was that I could keep it stored and decorated year-round and just haul it out for the holidays. When I read that an artificial tree would only be considered environmentally friendly if it were used for at least 15 years (turns out it's 20), I was all in.
In 2014, when I moved from Maryland to California, the fully decorated tree came with me. When we arrived, my soon-to-be husband, who had never experienced the tree, said we didn’t have room for it in our apartment and should sell it. I said, no way. We unpacked it, and with only five glass ball ornaments broken, he agreed the tree should stay.
I’m really proud of this tree. It’s my favorite part of the whole Christmas deal. I hope you all have a similar talisman against the weirdness of the season.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace, friends. Sending love and hope for humanity, and this tree, in the new year.