We bought an artificial tree. It was a difficult decision, but we just got rid of last year's tree in June. It would probably still be in our garage now, but we had some flooding this summer. We had to rent a UHAUL to get rid of the items destroyed by the floods and one of those items was last year's tree. When Brad suggested the artificial tree, I was not interested, however after putting it up I was sold. It was so easy and fast and as the directions say, "It takes just 30 minutes to fluff the tree each year".
Because of our almost walker, the Christmas Tree must be modified a little bit this year. Mom has given Christopher Radko ornaments each year for Christmas for as long as I can remember. They are so beautiful and so breakable. I am very reluctant to put them on the tree. One little tug and, well you know the rest. So my solution is for Alice and I to make ornaments to put on the tree. So far we've made applesauce and cinnamon ornaments and salt dough ornaments. The salt dough ornaments were very easy.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
about 3/4 cup warm water
Mix flour and salt and slowly add water. Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Don't forget to poke a hole for the hook. Bake in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes in 30 second intervals. Don't do the full 3 1/2 at a time. They will burn. I tried it.
I will post the finished product after we are finished painting them.
The Links were here to help with the cinnamon ornaments. They were super easy.
Start with 1/2 Cup applesauce and 1/2 cup cinnamon. You will need a great deal more cinnamon. Keep adding cinnamon so it doesn't stick to your cookie cutters. Just mix and roll out. Cut like cookies. Poke a hole for you ribbon to go through. Let them dry overnight.