This year I bought a flocked Christmas tree. I hadn’t planned on a flocked tree and I always assumed that I didn’t like them because I had seen some pretty fake looking ones over the years. I mean, artificial Christmas trees are artificial enough without the fake snow, right? But back in October I happened to stop at the local Walmart in search of some Halloween items and surprisingly they were already setting up their Christmas displays.
Among the several trees that they had unboxed and set up, there was a lovely 7 ft, perfectly cone shaped flocked Blue Spruce at a perfect price. To my surprise it didn’t look as fake as most. If I didn’t live in a tropical country where pine trees are non-existent and it has never snowed in recorded history, this little tree could very well have fooled folks. Well, maybe not. But I was smitten nonetheless.
After about a week or so of thinking about it, I went back to Walmart only to discover that they had sold out of flocked trees almost immediately. Not that there were too many to begin with, I had only seen about 10 or 12 boxes of them on the shelf. It turns out that that was their entire inventory. I should have known. The problem with Walmart in Costa Rica (and other stores here as well) is that they only import a limited amount of any particular item so when it’s gone, it’s gone and there are no rainchecks. After calling their central offices, they were kind enough to locate a tree for me (the last one in the entire country!) at a Walmart in a different province and they were kind enough to have it shipped to the store nearest to me at no extra cost. Hurray for their customer service!
I wanted to give pastel tones a try this year. I rather like the soft toned down look of the tree. I used pearl garland rather than the ubiquitous tinsel one because I didn’t want the garland to overshadow the ornaments. Pale pink sparkly poinsettias filled up large spaces so that the branches wouldn’t look sparse.
One definite advantage of a pastel Christmas tree is that the kitties seem to leave it pretty much alone. They aren’t attracted to soft toned ornaments as much as they are to the shiny glittery mirror type ones. Other years I would wake up to find at least half a dozen balls strewn all across the floor and the kitties playing soccer with them. Not this time.
Who knows, maybe next Christmas I’ll long for green, red and gold and I’ll return to more traditional holiday colors but for now this will do.
This week I will be joining:
Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Inspire Me Mondays @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Tuesdays at our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
LouLou Girls Linky Party @ Lou Lou Girls
Creative Muster Party @ Fluster Buster
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Tuesdays With A Twist @ God’s Growing Garden
Party in Your PJ’s @ The Cookie Puzzle
The Homemaking Party @ Classical Homemaking
Share Your Style Thursday Link-Up Party
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Sweet and Simple Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Friday Feature’s Link Party @ Oh My Heartsie Girl
Anything Goes Pink Saturday @ How Sweet The Sound
Best Of The Weekend Party
Saturday Sparks Link Party @ Pieced Passtimes