ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Holidays and Celebrations»
  • Christmas

What if your seasonal decorations could tell you how they feel?

Updated on February 23, 2016

Bittersweet Christmas Lament

Stuffed in a box, stacked on a shelf,
Left out in the cold and the rain by myself.
I don't get wet and I don't mind the cold,
But the years are starting to take their toll.

Though the naked sun I never do see,
That Orion's dog still affects my beauty.
I'm green all year, yet still don't grow,
But I'm only let out when it's time for snow.

So, once a year I get your attention,
Though not with any true affection.
I am all dressed up with nowhere to go,
Is all your handiwork just for show?

Yes, you have treasured me for many years,
But you really only treasured those things from your peers.
Regardless, the day finally comes that I get to share,
With your family, your friends and the joy everywhere.

But, soon I'll go back to my dreary existence...
Waiting another whole year, to guard your presents.
I don't mind, get bored or ever feel scared,
I'm comforted to think of the Christmas' we've shared.

Yet talk of replacement tends to make one pause,
But what else am I for, like a dancing "Santa Clause"?
January comes, a truck dumps me in the snow,
In a heap amid tossed wrappers, boxes and bows.

I remember this morning, I saw the look on your face,
The message was clear... I had just been replaced.
A bigger, stronger box took my spot,
On the shelf in the shed, where I had slept a lot.

A newer, greener, brighter tree with LEDs,
A rotating base and a foot taller, oh please!
Cheap tricks and more branches can't compare,
What of all of the memories and Christmas' we shared?

In the end, this time of year is mostly excess,
Trying to outdo the next home's success.
I'm a mere decoration, for your annual enjoyment,
To "live and die" by the sale in the seasonal department.



Some repurposing options

There are many choices if your handy with a hot glue gun and/or jeweler's/bonsai wire.
The classic choices are wreaths, window swags or window box treatments. I personally like candle base decorations, and fake bonsai to give as gifts.

Pinterest has lots of ideas, as well as lots of pictures. A simple search on either artificial tree upcycle, or recycled artificial christmas trees, will return some excellent ideas.

Do the time warp!

A true Whovian style tree for the adventurous!
A true Whovian style tree for the adventurous! | Source

The inverted tree - DIY...

DIY inversion, with the help of a ceiling fan.
DIY inversion, with the help of a ceiling fan. | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

      The personification in your poem is quite clever, and I actually kind of like the inverted tree as it makes a grand chandelier, but not so much the Whovian style. Since we are considering replacing our aging old-faithful with one that has built in LEDs I appreciate the idea of repurposing it into a wreath.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)