Nine years ago, my husband and I had just finished placing the last ornament on the tree when it fell over.
Yes, you read that right. It. Fell. Over. Onto a tile floor.
We stood there for a minute in complete silence. It was one of those frozen-in-time moments, where it takes a minute to comprehend what happened.
Luckily, the only major casualties were colored glass balls, ones that could be easily replaced. One of my favorite glass ones still, to this day, has a hole in it as a result of the tumble. I just handle it gently and put it near the top, imperfect side in and no one is the wiser.
A few years later, I was (very) pregnant and home alone with our newly decorated tree while my husband was at work, 45 minutes away. We had put shims in the tree stand to make sure it wouldn’t fall over.
When I walked into the living room and noticed the tree listing about 15 degrees off center, my husband made the drive home to fix the problem.
After that we made it a habit to tie the tree to the wall with screws and fishing line.
The first time I thought about Christmas in this new house, I was excited because we actually have a living room window that faces the street, a perfect Christmas tree window. I haven’t had one of those in any of the houses we’ve lived in.
The second thing I thought about? That the window ledge is a little low, but it’ll do as a tree-anchoring site.
Remember those Candy Corn Brownie Bites? I used the same pan for these trees. But I covered them in green candy melts. I used candy-coated sunflower seeds for my ornaments, but you could use any small colorful candy. My star is a hand-drawn one made of yellow candy melts, but a gumdrop would work too.
That’s one tree I wouldn’t mind picking up the pieces of if it fell over, that’s for sure.
Happy decorating! Who already has their tree up? Ours will be anchored sometime next weekend.