For a fast and, shall we say, inexpensive Christmas tree, an option is to use a branch.

To start, I found a basket that the Branch could rest in, and just lean against the wall. If I'd had the inclination, I could have stuffed the inside of the basket with things, put heavy objects inside, etc.

 I know, I know, everyone laughs and says “Charlie Brown Christmas“. Laugh if you will. This is free. And no, it’s not stolen. People who have trees do prune them. Also, if you live nearby a park, you could seek out fallen branches.

You can twine branches together, you could pin them to a wall. A “tree” could also be a coat-stand, an existing tropical plant you have, a decorated sculpture. For those who want/need to break away from traditions, a Creative Tree is one way to go.

I put the lights on the tree... the same string of lights is doing double-duty. They are decorating a nearby window, too.

My tree was given to me by my neighbour. Up until that point, I’d planned to go to the park and seek out fallen branches. Windstorm? Jackpot! Big snowfall? Ditto! However, there was some pruning going on down the street (either natural or human-induced) and the result of that was my branch. My twig. I guess I could call her Twiggy. However, I won’t.

Over the years I have purchased and been given decorations that are particularly shiny, beautiful, and reflect not only the surrounding Christmas lights but my own sense of style. I have five favorites, and they rest on my little tree.

This year I decided to put my gifts near the fireplace. Perhaps if there were more gifts, then Easy-kins The Tree would move up to a table so that the presents could rest underneath. If I should actually light the fireplace, then I’ll move them.

I had thought about affixing Easy-kins to the wall above the fireplace, but I couldn’t figure how to do that without making a holey mess. However, as there is only a week left ’til the Big Day, then I’m not too worried! Easy does it. Simple and no stress…

My tree works well under my dried chilis, and a beautiful painting by Darren Kooyman.

Natasha Henderson, Montreal