The fact that so many otherwise intelligent humans drag a sticky, sappy, too-tall, needle-dropping conifer into their living room is actually quite weird—nay, absurd—no matter how you look at it. Even I can even see the reasoning here, and I'm one of those people who gets the happy jitters when pop-up tree stores start appearing on the sidewalk (I use fir-scented candles all year 'round, in case you were wondering).
But to be clear, the delightful and wholly unnecessary activity of "trimming" is not dependent on having Douglas fir or a blue spruce or a plastic replica of a pine in your home. I repeat: You do not need a tree to make things twinkly and festive and otherwise positive during this dreary time of year!
Now that you're covered your house with ribbons and ornaments and fake snow despite your better inclinations), there are just a few boxes to check off. You need some good smellies to replace the evergreen scent and might consider simmering some woodsy barks or plants to fill the air. The only thing missing beyond that is a little more twinkle, and—even if your fireplace is roaring all season (lucky)—a candle that smells like a campfire, or the woods, or an evergreen is a welcome thing.
No matter how you deck out your home this winter, or what you're celebrating, or whether you love or hate—Bah Humbug!—the glitter that's going to get everywhere, a bit of good cheer will go a long way during short days.
Do you decorate your home for winter? How do you feel about sparkles? Share your favorite ways make a wintry home a happy one in the comments.