Otherwise we go. Even if it means a 2 days road trip in snow and darkness. Even when Z got sick, landed in a hospital 5 days before Christmas, forcing us to cancel the tickets. We spent hours looking for new tickets 2 days before Christmas, and by spending a fortune, managed to sit with out family for Christmas Eve celebrations.
As our families live far away from each other, we always spend around 1 week at my in-laws’, and another one at my parents’. It means we’re away for quite a while. Adding the fact that the Polish tradition is to decorate the tree on the Christmas Eve (or a day before), it doesn’t make any sense for us to buy one.
But.. we have a 4 years old Christmas freak, or rather a 4-Years-Old Christmas-Tree-Beggar, so this year we made a 3D cardboard tree with our real Christmas tree decorations – an ultimate Expat Family’s Christmas Tree.
I’m not at all artsy-craftsy talented (really!!), so the final result is far from perfect (and definitely not Pinterest-worthy), but it does make us all happy!
If, for whatever reason, you would like to do it too, here’s how to, followed by a (very amateur) video at the end:
(And if you’re an artsy-craftsy pro let me know your tips!)
- Find a big cardboard box. The bigger, the better.
- Draw a shape of a Christmas tree: twice.
- Cut out the shape.
- Cut in a line (1cm wide), the length of around 1/3 of the tree starting from the top on one tree. On the second tree shape cut a line (1cm wide), of he length of 2/3 of the tree starting at the very bottom of the tree.
- Cover the shapes with contact paper. I didn’t use paint as it would made the cardboard too wet and soft.
- Fold 1/3 of both tree legs.
- Put both trees together by sliding the one with the line cut from the bottom, on top of the the other tree.
- Use the hot glue gun and a small piece of cardboard to glue the tree (remember the folded legs?) to said cardboard piece.
- Use paper clips as hooks fir the decorations: unfold the clip, push it through a tree, fold back.
If at any point you have an idea of how to make this process easier/faster/more fun, or an idea for how and what to put on the top of the tree – let me know!