05 December 2011

If no one sees the lights, do they still twinkle?

I've started a morning exercise where I pull four words out of a jar and then write a sentence using those words. It's almost 4 p.m. and my four words are still staring at me...the sentence remains unwritten.

Instead, I find myself staring at my Christmas tree and wondering about the naked backside.

Yep, I said naked.

The faux fir is only half-gussied up for the holidays because I don't decorate the side of the tree that goes against the wall. I'm not sure why. It's not that I think it's too difficult--if I can clean the top of  my cabinets and scrub basements, hanging lights and a few ornaments can't be tough--nor do I lack enough decorations. I just don't see the point.

To me, Christmas decorations are for the viewers' pleasure, and no one is going to see the "other" side of my tree. But I sense I am alone in this philosophy. Of my friends who answered the quick question on FB, the majority decorate all sides of the trees.

What about you? Do you decorate the side of the tree no one sees? Why or why not?


Maggie Toussaint said...

I decorate the whole tree, starting at the inside and working out. I have an entire rigamarole about it. You'd think it was open heart surgery.

LK Hunsaker said...

I do decorate the back but not as heavily. Generally when I run out of room on the front and still have things I want up, I move to the top of the back. It is against the window and away from the wall enough to be seen.