My mom made it two days in Switzerland before insisting we should buy a Christmas tree. I had already done a pretty good job of killing the little real one I purchased back in November (remember it?), so we opted for a little artificial one. We opted for a little one, because little seems to be the only option. We went to Maxi Bazaar (think, TJ Maxx minus the clothes), and they had a few trees left. All 150 cm (just under 5 feet tall). We chose a tree and some colored lights…our only option on December 23 unless we wanted a string of purple or blue lights.
When we finally returned home from running errands, my mom decided she would tackle setting up the Christmas tree. When she opened the box, she said, “Megan, did you know this tree is black?” WHAT?!?!?!?! Who ever heard of a BLACK Christmas tree?!?!?!?
We already had two boxes of Christmas lights (nearly $18 USD each), so we had to find a different tree. I was warned a few months ago that they don’t really do exchanges like we do in the States, but when we went back to purchase Christmas tree #2, I asked about returning the black tree. She explained to me (in French) that they wouldn’t give cash back, but I could get store credit. Works for me! Better than keeping the freaky tree!
Our only option after black was white or a green one covered with fake snow. Needless to say, the fake snow won. After weighing it down with lights, beads, and 30 years worth of ornaments, we were officially ready for Christmas!
On Christmas Eve, I managed to return the black tree (explaining that I was going for green) and one set of lights. (Turns out a little tree doesn’t need that many lights after all.) I think this funny little tree will suffice for the next three years.