Minimize Holiday Stress With This Easy To setup Christmas Tree
The holidays are around the corner and just thinking about it makes me excited, yet exhausted! This year, I want a no muss, no fuss Christmas tree! Who’s with me? In this blog, I am going to talk about how you can minimize holiday stress with this easy to setup Christmas tree!
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Holiday stress causes
Hey, there busy mom! That’s it, busy mom. Mom’s are always busy doing something; chores, playing with the kids, feeding the kids, cleaning up after the kids, cleaning up after our husbands, and then work. Add all of that to what actually causes holiday stress, then you really have a recipe of a hot mess mommy!
So, what actually causes holiday stress in moms? There are many factors, but to name a few would be party hosting, having to go to multiple holiday parties, financial responsibilities, and pressures of gift-giving. Sometimes the thought of just putting up the decorations and the Christmas tree is exhausting. Do you ever look at someone and think; why are you making it so hard on yourself? I do that all the time with my kids and my husband does it all the time with me.
How to minimize holiday stress?
One way, moms can reduce stress is to knock off the easiest stressors off the list. The one’s you’re able to control right now, like putting up the Christmas tree. There’s no need in struggling to find the time/energy to put up a tree? I got your back and I may have a solution for you, assuming you haven’t put one up already. Who’s that mom that puts up the Christmas tree in October?
Before I continue, a few months ago I injured myself at work. This left me temporarily with one functional arm. So, I started to stress myself out thinking about how I was going to put up the Christmas tree. I just kept thinking about how I wasn’t going to have time once I’m cleared to go back to work. This is me making things harder for myself. I just sat on my sofa for as long as I could just thinking.
How to minimize holidays stress with Christmas tree options
I remember having a hanging Christmas tree made out of sticks. I even thought about using our Nugget comfort couch. I was desperate, but I didn’t want to be the Grinch for Christmas. That was my husband’s job. So, with almost every mom’s favorite holiday around the corner, I was not going to let my right arm prevent me from celebrating Christmas – at least the semi way – and I wasn’t going to let my busy/stressed out mom’s hanging either. After some whining and venting, I was able to manifest an idea, an idea that may inspire you!
I just have a couple questions to ask before I continue.
- 1. How many of you mom’s saw that cute BOHO, bamboo Christmas tree at Ikea and loved it?
2. Now, how many of you mom’s saw that wtf, boho bootleg Christmas tree at Ikea and hated it?
By the way, I was the latter. My disability drove me to become the former. I may have wondered about this tree so much that Santa surprised me early.
For those of you who haven’t been to Ikea recently, you’re probably wondering; what is this cute, wtf, BOHO bootleg Christmas tree she speaks of? Well, here it is, the no muss, no fuss Christmas tree!
What do you think?
It’s definitely a 2020 tree if you know what I mean. However, I made myself believe that this was the tree. I made my son convince me that this was going to be our tree. What I’m really trying to say is that I gave in, purchased the tree, and came up with this…
Doing so made me realize the potential that it does have! Just imagine a decorated bamboo tree with stringing popcorn, white garland beads, and dried oranges as ornaments. Place a eucalyptus garland at the base and you got yourself a boho tree, or is it a Scandinavian tree? I just don’t even know anymore.
Things to note about Christmas tree when minimizing holiday stress
- There are four separate baskets that would need stacking.
- It’s only 4ft tall. I was lucky to have found a cute round iron table in the AS IS section for $20 to place the tree on top of. This helped increased the tree’s height to about 6ft tall. You could get away with something you have around the house like a box. The table was cute and it was cheap! Whatever you find, you can just cover the box or table with a nice throw.
..OR decide that you do want it to be 4ft tall.
- Having said that, the tree really looks best if you have a small place. I mean, can you imagine this tree in a huge room? It just wouldn’t look right.
- You will need ornament hooks.
- It’s made of bamboo.
- Has multiple purposes. A basket. Can be a cute cover for a plant pot and can even be a cute Montessori tree for kids.
- You’re tree topper may not fit the top of the tree correctly. Mind you that the top of the tree has a hole the size of a medium ornament. Check out photo below. I was able to solve that issue by wrapping the base of my tree topper with wrapping paper. This made it sit in the hole perfectly.
My husband annoyingly brought something else to my attention. That it was missing lights! That our toddler needed lights to get the full Christmas experience now that she was older. He was definitely right about that!
Ugh! I was filled with regret!
I was able to figure it out. After putting much thought at how I was going to make this work, i’m here to tell you that it is possible! If you don’t plan on putting lights just skip this next section.
Steps to install Christmas tree lights to minimize holiday stress
- You would need a string of lights. Drop them into the hole of the base of the basket. It’s important to note: If you are using a box/table cover (like a throw) you will need a non-fire hazard mat to place at base of tree to prevent any fire hazards.
- Next, place the second basket on top of the base. You will need to gently push down on that basket to secure it to the base.
- After, pull the string of lights through the second basket. Wrap the lights around the inside of the base of that 2nd basket.
- Now, string the lights through the third basket hole. Secure the third basket to the second basket by gently pushing down again.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the top basket.
- Pull the rest of the lights through the fourth basket towards the back.
- Plug it in! No muss, no fuss!
You will now have something like this..
CAUTION: Do not leave lights on for a long period of time due to fire hazard concerns.
I repeat that because I don’t want to be the cause of anyone losing their home
The entire setup really only took about 20 minutes. A real no muss, no fuss Christmas tree! To add to that, I didn’t even have to spread and fluff any branches. Say whaaa?
The real bonus: Every time you look at it, you will be reminded of how easy it was to setup, which means, it will be just as easy to take down! Stress proof!
Pros about Ikea’s easy setup Christmas tree
- It’s an easy to setup Christmas tree that only requires stacking.
- Able to install lights
- Installation with lights only took about 20mins
- Able to place a tree topper.
- No need to spread or fluff any leaves/branches
- Able to hang multiple ornaments
- Frustration free
- Full of potential
- Easy to take down
- Serves multiple purposes (a basket, cute Montessori tree for kids, cover for plant pot)
Cons about Ikea’s easy setup Christmas tree
- Light installation can cause fire if not careful of placement and length of time lights are on.
- It’s only 4ft tall
- you may need a table/box to increase height
- only looks good in small rooms
The holidays are around the corner and may bring a lot of stress for some moms. Some moms are too busy, don’t have the energy, or are unable to even put up an actual Christmas tree (me). Minimizing that, I was able to find the perfect no muss, no fuss Christmas tree.
The Ikea Vinter 2020 tree may not be for everyone. It’s also only 4ft tall. It also has fire hazard concerns if you install lights. For the awesome parent who still wants to give their children lights, please take caution! I have found that this tree actually has more pros than it does cons. I also found that it does have a lot of potentials and it can serve multiple purposes. Having said that, let’s end 2020 right, hang in there!
Did this post inspire you in any way? Do you think you’ll want to purchase this tree? If you do purchase this tree, or have purchased this tree, post your pictures in the comments down below. I would love to see what you come up with!
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