This year, my mom decided she'd rather not deal with a Christmas tree. At first, I was crushed-I'm not a Christmas fanatic, but I have some pretty solid positive associations with the smell of pine and the warm glow of colorful lights.
Then I thought about how crazy it is to buy a dead tree, and how little time we'd actually use it before throwing it in the alley, and how many needles trees leave all over the place. Avoiding all of those complications started to make a little sense.
Still, I had one remaining objection- I'd made ornaments as Christmas gifts for my family. If we didn't get some kind of tree, we'd have nowhere to display my creative generosity and artistic skill!
I don't live in a tiny house, but I figured that this would be the time for a tiny alternative tree. Here was our compromise:
Check out that style!
It's actually a rosemary plant, which is pretty great- it smells awesome, and we can put it in our garden in the spring. We found it at Trader Joes for under $10.
Here are some other tiny tree ideas that I brainstormed. They can support ornaments, smell good, and are cool year round:
-The cut top of a tree, stuck into some foam or a pot of dirt
-A brussel sprout stalk
-A multi-armed cactus
-A bonsai tree
-A beautiful branch
-Other small potted trees- living trees that can be replanted outside are a great idea
It's probably too late this year, but whether you live in a tiny house, apartment, dorm room, or normal sized space, a tiny tree is a great alternative. To me, my tiny rosemary tree represents simplicity, responsibility, and future possibilities of roasted potatoes. It's about time.