I don’t typically put up a Christmas tree but 2020 is different. I even splurged and purchased a pink tree because unconventional is fun.
Speaking of unconventional, I didn’t have any ornaments that would work and I wasn’t willing to spend any money on ornaments. I also didn’t want to create a vintage themed or a flamingo themed Christmas tree.
No, I took my Christmas décor in an entirely different direction…
The Ramen noodles were a recent acquisition from Kroger, they are back in stock and at the normal going rate for inexpensive noodles. (beef flavored Ramen had risen in price to just under $2 earlier this year. Gasp! I had to switch to chicken!)
I made a bow for the top of the tree using as conservative an amount of toilet paper as possible. For added flair I sewed a pink decorative stitch down the middle of the toilet paper. (It had to coordinate with the tree!) I contemplated some machine embroidery but that’s going a little too far. (Translation: I ran out of time)
I’m especially pleased with my toilet paper roll decorations. I had one empty paper towel roll that I cut up into smaller pieces then I attached a few sheets of toilet paper to each roll. Once I ran out of the paper towel roll I used brown cardstock paper and made my own rolls. Classy! 😉
It was a real win when I found the germ-x brand of sanitizer about a month ago. I think it looks terrific on my tree… at least until I need it when I leave the house. The off-off-off-off brands of sanitizer just aren’t the same as germ-x. But I am certainly grateful for what I have!
In keeping with my unconventional COVID Christmas theme, I chose an unusual base for the tree.
I placed items underneath the Christmas tree that are particularly poignant this year. Genuine Lysol spray in my favorite linen scent, real Purell brand sanitizer, wipes, bleach and yeast to name a few. The outhouse art is a bonus, it’s something my friend gave me many years ago.
I should mention the toilet bowl has never been used. It is clean. Have no fear.
Since I’m going for a completely outlandish display, it seemed appropriate to include my creepy ventriloquist dolls in the mayhem. Percival and Mortimer were quite willing to participate.
Certainly not what I would have imagined in my living room for Christmas 2020. But nothing about 2020 was imaginable.
Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
Incidentally, if you like my quirky, unconventional style, be sure to visit my Etsy shop, Empirical Whimsy. And if I’m a little too over-the-top for your taste, I have some mini-wall hangings with positive messages that have a broad appeal. They feature machine embroidered quilting and some of my signature applique techniques. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for the latest product listings throughout the year.