We did just celebrate Easter.
And Earth Day.
My kids each have a faux Christmas tree in their bedrooms.
They were put up several Christmas' ago, but I never took them down and let them become night lights with their soft glow all year long. The trees are warm reminders that Christmas is coming again, no matter what month we are in.
The trees have ended up casually displaying mementos the kids collect throughout the year, and the randomness of what ends up on there is the best part.
Admittedly, this whole thing resonated with my now 17-year-old son a lot more when he was young, but there are rare evenings when I'll still see that haphazardly "decorated" little tree plugged in.
I began to wonder-- how many others like me, were out there?
How many of you also love the warmth, the comfort, the magic and the glow so much so, that you too, never take your tree(s) down?
Many therapists believe there is more at work here, then just looking at pretty ornaments or gazing at twinkly lights.
As I was preparing for this newsletter, a memory from years ago suddenly surfaced: Meteorologist/Weather Anchor Sue Serio and I chatted about this when we both worked for Good Day Philadelphia. I remembered her saying she sometimes kept her Christmas tree up once the holiday had passed.
She is SUPER crafty and talented at making just about anything-- plus this beloved member of the Good Day Philadelphia team has a following for something else she does:
Sue's "Whatcha Makin" posts are uber popular, and maybe that's what triggered my memory of her seasonal trees.
Whatever it was, she was sweet enough to share two versions of her post-Christmas creations with THE REFRESH.
Soon, pictures started flowing into my Facebook page from others who do the same thing all year long.
Here are some of the trees my followers posted!
Let's start in New Jersey...
Did we miss yours? Or would you never ever!
If you're lacking inspiration for your seasonal tree the Christmas Palace blog has themes for every month of the year!
Meet me in the comments, I want to hear YOUR take on this festive tree trend...