11. Consider Purchasing a Tree That’s Easier to Assemble
Most families purchase an artificial Christmas tree once, and then hold on to it for years. However, if you find that you lack the motivation to put your tree up or put it away, it could be because your tree is too difficult to assemble. During a sale like Black Friday or after-Christmas clearance, take a look at your tree options, and consider buying something easier for next year. For example, my parents have a Christmas tree where it’s necessary to place every single branch onto a metal pole. Every branch was color coded depending on its length. Over the years, the color coding rubbed off, so it took hours to figure out how to put the tree together. Once it was assembled, everyone was too exhausted to do anything else. So it was always a 2-day process.
As you can imagine, my parent’s tree was a nightmare to put up and take down. In 2020, I felt that life was stressful enough already without worrying about the tree. So I took advantage of the Black Friday sales and spent $100 on a brand new tree at Michaels Crafts. (If I had waited until after Christmas, this same tree was only $40.) This new tree only took 10 minutes to assemble. Since it was pre-lit, there was no need to string lights. And since it was a “skinny” tree, it was easier to hang fewer ornaments to get the job done. When it was time to put it away, everything fit into just one box, and the whole process took about an hour. It was so easy compared to previous years, I’m never going back.