Great topic Hippie!!
This might sound like scrooge . . . but if YOU aren't the one enjoying the Christmas Tree, here is a survival technique I have used for many years. . . .
I ask my family members (now just me and hubby . . . but a few years ago, there were still teens at home) "Who wants a Christmas Tree this year??" Of course, the first time, they all said "ME, ME!!!!" And I said, then who is willing to set up and decorate the tree. Looking dumbfounded at each other, they all agreed they wanted to do it. Then I asked, who is willing to take the decorations down, put them away in their nice neat boxes and put the tree away. Even more dumbfounded, they looked at each other and agreed to take care of it. After THEY put the tree up and took it down a couple times, it turns out that none of us needed to have the tree up EVERY year . . . so don't always have a tree.
This won't be a good time/energy saver if you love, love, love the tree . . . but it sure takes about
4 days of effort off my plate because I just can't decorate it or take it down in just one day.
My all-time favorite motto is . . . if it stacks up, take care of it!! This would be dishes, laundry, mail, and clutter around the house. I make these the priority effort in my home. The rest of it (dusting, vacuuming, washing windows, etc.) does not get any harder if it waits an extra week or month or more. . . and it is well-spent effort to keep all the "stacks" knocked down because they only get more and more difficult if they are left for even a day.
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