Too bad for us the Costco was actually out of trees, and had been for weeks. I already said we were Smart, as my moniker would lead you to believe.
So I was a sad and, honestly a little miffed, Smarty Pants that year. Lucky me I have a Schroesanta- who swooped in and saved the day. He found a little tree-after he checked all the stores and even the tree lots, and came up empty. It's a Charlie Brown tree if ever there was one. Judge for yourself, but don't say I didn't warn you. The best part is that on the box, next to the made in China stamp, it said "shinny tree". seriously. It's a running joke now.
Without further ado, I give you the shinny tree
She's a beaut, isn't she. I especially love the 6 inch gap between the bottom and middle sections.
Some how, though, I just can't part with the ugly little bugger. He's grown on me. and The Girl Child did an exceptional job of decorating it this year. She required 'no assistance' this year please. So Schroedad and I just watched, and congratulated her at the appropriate moments, and scratched backs while she did all of the hard work. I think I like that new tradition.