Hey y’all! Guess what? I have a Christmas post to share…SURPRISE!
I wanted to share with you a quick and easy way to make a unique Christmas tree stand.
I have dubbed this the santa bag tree stand. Seems fitting.
I didn’t take pictures of the process, because it just kind of happened. It was one of those…”I wonder what will happen when I do this”…moments.
Basically, I took a big cardboard box…wrapped it with a fleece throw…then tied the ribbon around it to hold it in place. I filled it with a bunch of plastic bags and topped it off with some buffalo snow.
That’s it! Crazy easy right? It even turned out cute! Score! I got that fuzzy ribbon from Hobby Lobby. The throw came from Ikea. The last thing that I needed was another throw, but it was $3.99. It was fate. You could also wrap the box with your favorite wrapping paper.
I have a story to share about that trip to Ikea. I have a love/hate relationship with that place. First of all, It’s annoying that they do not allow you to order online. You are forced to go there and succumb to their never-ending maze. I only went there to find some shelves and wouldn’t you know they only had one of the three that I needed. That was a wasted two hours of my life. Not really. Can’t forget about the throw…which I am sure can be found for a dollar at the Dollar Store.
With a sigh of frustration, I leave the aisle that lacked my shelves and headed to the checkout lines. Holding my $3.99 throw, I study the three open checkout lines that were each already 10 people deep. I quickly debate the worthiness of this $3.99 throw.
I make my decision and pick a line.
I picked the wrong line.
In front of me were 3 women…around my age…all with toddlers. They looked like they were having such a good time. Laughing and giggling at the little one who was running around with a monster puppet roaring at everyone. He was so cute…
…for about 3 minutes. I quickly began to rethink my decision. I thought that if I just tossed the throw to the side and head straight to the cinnamon bun line, then the trip wouldn’t be a total waste.
What seemed like an eternity later, they were finally checking out. By now, my nerves were long gone. So many negative thoughts had since crossed my mind. Thoughts like, “Oh my goodness, will I be that annoying lady with the super annoying voice, speaking to her toddler loud enough for all of Ikea to hear her?” And, “Will my toddler be the one who is screaming nonstop while standing in a long line?”. And, “How the heck am I going to have the patience for a toddler that will be around ALL. THE. TIME. if I can’t even handle 10 minutes of this nonsense?”.
With one last squishy faced giggle from the mom, I caught myself glaring at her. I think she caught it too.
I quickly felt horrible and quiet guilty. Sure, by the time that I got to purchase my $3.99 throw I had a throbbing headache, but who was I to judge their joy? Maybe it was caused by my own selfish disappointment from not getting my dang shelves, but it was still uncalled for. Clearly, they were a family full of love and happiness and that should be celebrated. I silently prayed a quick prayer asking for forgiveness and for that hatefulness to be replaced with love…or something of the sort.
Yes…I also know that when I have my own…things will be different.
Next time, I will better assess the situation and probably just leave the $3.99 throw.
Onto a brighter note…how fun and cheerful is that tree all wrapped up in its makeshift santa bag?
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